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Ad Blocking: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How does the emergence of ad-blocking browser plugins and applications affect search marketers?

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Google Mobile Search Descriptions Now Say If You’re Blocking Google

Yet another reason not to block JavaScript, CSS, etc from Google. It may negatively impact your snippet in the mobile search results now.

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Google Webmaster Guidelines Updated To Warn About Blocking CSS & JavaScript Files

Google announced they’ve updated their webmaster guidelines to specifically note that blocking your CSS or JavaScript files may have a negative impact on your indexing and search rankings in Google. Pierre Far, Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst, said the “new guideline specifies…



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Google Webmaster Update: Blocking JavaScript & CSS Can Affect Indexing

Google has updated its Webmaster Guidelines, which will likely affect sites that are blocking JavaScript or CSS files.

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Now You Can Crowdsource The Job Of Blocking Creeps On Twitter

Sometimes blocking harassers on Twitter doesn’t do the trick. Many Twitter users want better ways to deal with them. Now they have one.

In an attempt to help users better manage their accounts and block lists to prevent harassment, developer Jacob Hoffman-Andrews created “Block Together,” a tool that lets users automatically block new users who @-reply them and share their block lists with other Twitter users.

User unhappiness with Twitter’s existing harassment-management systems came to a head last week during a hashtag-based Twitter interview that CNBC hosted with CEO Dick Costolo. The network asked users to tweet their questions for Costolo with the hashtag #AskCostolo, and more than 30% of the questions had to do with safety or harassment on Twitter. CNBC didn’t #AskCostolo any of those questions.

Twitter doesn’t provide the best tools and resources for people who suffer harassment. Users can can block harassers or spammers, but often enough the blockees just create new accounts and continue to harass their original targets. Reporting these harassers can be difficult as well, especially if they delete their accounts. (Twitter, of course, also has to balance safety issues with its commitment to freedom of speech, even for Internet trolls.)

Users That Flock Together, Block Together

Hoffman-Andrews, a former Twitter engineer who now works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was inspired by other tools like the Block Bot, which automatically blocks stalkers or spammers at different levels of unpleasantness.

Block Together enables you to block new accounts less than seven days old that @-mention you, and can generate unlisted URLs to let people share block lists with friends to prevent other people from facing similar harassment. 

Block Together isn’t officially sanctioned by Twitter, and the tool is still in beta. Hoffman-Andrews encourages anyone who has suggestions or wants to improve it to contact him or submit a pull request on GitHub (if you’ve submitted code changes).

Many of Twitter’s most popular features—like @-replies and hashtags—originated with users themselves who wanted better ways of communicating with each other. Over time, these user-created features became part of Twitter’s core.

Maybe Block Together is another example of the Twitter community rallying to create and potentially popularize a much-needed feature that could also eventually get absorbed into Twitter proper. It’s one that many people clearly need. 

Lead image by Flickr user Alex Holyoake

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Is Microsoft Blocking Google Search On New Lumia Phones?

According to a story appearing in The Verge yesterday, Microsoft is not allowing users to set Google as the default search engine for mobile web browsing on new Lumia 8.1 devices (630 and 930). As the article points out, the search button on the handset uses Bing and cannot be switched. I reached…



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Robots.txt Celebrates 20 Years Of Blocking Search Engines

Today is the 20th anniversary of the robots.txt directive being available for webmasters to block search engines from crawling their pages. The robots.txt was created by Martijn Koster in 1994 while he was working at Nexor after having issues with crawlers hitting his sites too hard. All major…



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Google Starts Blocking Access to Paid Search Keyword Data

Everyone has been concerned about the potential of Google expanding “(not provided)” to also encompass paid search. Google has confirmed that AdWords is removing the query from the referrer on ad clicks originating from SSL searches on Google.com.

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Will Google Start Blocking Access to Paid Search Keyword Data?

Everyone has been concerned about the potential of Google moving “(not provided)” to also encompass paid search. Now a new report says AdWords will no stop supplying third parties with paid search query data within the next few weeks.

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Turkey Bans YouTube Days After Blocking Twitter Access

It may not be able to block Twitter, but Turkey still aims to limit the amount of communications leaving the country by any means necessary. On Thursday, the Turkish telecoms authority (TIB) moved to block access to YouTube, according to the BBC

The TIB said it has taken “administrative measure” against YouTube after audio leaks of Turkish officials discussing potential military operations on Syria were anonymously published on the video service

The move to block YouTube comes just one day after a Turkish court suspended Turkey’s ban on Twitter, saying it was illegal. Earlier this month, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube, and it appears he is following through with this threat with at least one of those major social networks. 

Last week’s Twitter ban in Turkey did not prevent its citizens from accessing the social network, however. People used Twitter via SMS, virtual private networks (VPNs), and cryptography tools like Tor that masked their computer’s location. It’s likely people will do the same for YouTube.

Image via Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr.

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