Google Rides a Carousel and Facebook Exposes Your Info

Love Is On The Moveround-the-carouselIt’s been a busy month and it seems everyone wants to get in on the action.  Google has launched Google Places Carousel.  Bing started Bing Boards.  Facebook released Graph Search into the wild, and much more.

These are some big changes.  Google Places Carousel promises to change way people search locally and Facebook’s widened release of Graph Search will not only potentially change the way people search, but also may be exposing your private info right now.

Watch the video below for more info:

“Hi, I’m Kurt Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com. I’m here with this month’s SEO update, where you can get an entire month’s worth of SEO news in just a couple of minutes.  Alright.  So, what’s been going on…”  You can read the full transcript at “July SEO Update: Round and Round the Carousel

Summary:

  • Google released Google Places Carousel.
  • A study by Bright Local shows most people use reviews when searching locally.
  • Bing released Bing Boards.
  • Google had a minor update.
  • Yahoo scuttled Altavista.
  • Facebook released Graph Search to all US, English-based users.

Share Your Opinion:

  • Have you seen the Google Places Carousel?  What do you think of it?
  • How important do you think reviews are for local organizations?
  • Have you changed your Facebook privacy settings?
photo by: VinothChandar

Kurt Steinbrueck is the Director of Marketing Services with OurChurch.Com. He also serves on the leadership of Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Tampa, FL. You can find him on Google+ as .

3 Responses to “Google Rides a Carousel and Facebook Exposes Your Info”

  1. PaulSteinbrueck Jul 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Great info Kurt. I really like the look and usability of the local results "carousel." I noticed that the carousel is implemented for restaurant search results, but when I search for churches or schools I get the older style with the results on the left and map on the right. Any idea if this will eventually get rolled out for all location related searches like churches and schools?

    • There hasn't been any indication from Google one way or the other as to whether they will roll out the carousel for church and schools. Right now I think they are testing it out on a smaller scale to see how it does. If it works out according to whatever goals they have for it, I don't see why they wouldn't roll it out to more categories. We'll have to wait and see.

  2. Great summary of irritant SEO points. Much appreciated!