A judge ruled that the ‘snippet’, which occured in the results of a search for ‘Zwartepoorte’ and ‘bankrupt’, may or may not give the false impression that the car dealer has gone bankrupt.
“To create the snippet, Google algorithms pulled both the ‘Zwartepoorte’ bit and the ‘bankrupt’ bit from the Miljoenhuizen.nl page. But they weren’t side-by-side on the page – as the ellipses indicate. That’s often how Google does things. If you Google two separate words, it shows you that each search result contains both of them,” explains the Register.
The site has reportedly removed the page.
Crucially, as the Register points out, the car dealer chose to sue the website not Google. (Interestingly now when you search for the same terms on Google blogs and news sites reporting the case appear in the results with the same snippet).
It’s a worrying precedent for online publishers – are there ways to prevent Google from summarising pages in this form?
“If the old saying is true that everything is in a state of flux, then it is natural that we too must adapt to the constantly changing environment. Some changes are more consequential than others, and this is probably one of those moments for the Post.
“These changes are also designed to integrate better with our ever-growing online edition, thejakartapost.com, which we are developing into a news portal to reach a global audience. We are fully aware that the world is moving fast on all things digital, and The Jakarta Post intends to be there as the primary source of information on Indonesia for the global audience.”
The new format is slimmer, with more pages, more sections, and a new font among the changes, according to the paper. The hope is that the design and shift in content focus and newsroom work patterns will complement the online edition.
Sky News has claimed it recorded a 58% increase of traffic in July, from last year’s 3 million monthly unique users to 4.8 million this year, as a result of people looking at its reporting of the UK’s floods.
Sky claimed that features, such as an interactive map, gave key regional information on the flooded areas. Sky News’ web visitors also sent in more than a thousand flood pictures for its online galleries helping – says Sky – to build up a detailed, interactive picture of the unfolding news event.
According to the Murdoch owned site the amount of time users spent on the site increased by 15%. In total there were 16.5 million visits to the site last month, up 85% from 8.9 million visits recorded in July 2006.
On Monday 23 July the site claims to have received 7.5 million page impressions; the highest figures since the 7/7 London Bombings two years ago – still the site’s highest figures with 35 million page impressions (126.6 million for July 2005).
The Sky.com portal is ABCe audited, however, the figures are not broken down to give specific results for its news portal.