Google starts removing results for Europeans who wish to be forgotten…kinda

Right to be forgottonThe WSJ is reporting that Google has begun the laborious process of removing those results that individuals have requested under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” law.

Google engineers overnight updated the company’s technical infrastructure to start implementing the removals, and Thursday began sending the first emails to individuals informing them that links they had requested were being taken down. Only a small number of the initial wave of requests has been processed.

“This week we’re starting to take action on the removals requests that we’ve received,” a Google spokesman said. “This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually, and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue.”

R.I.P. Technorati top bloggers index

TechnoratiBack in the old days of blogging, I used to have to publish a post uphill–both ways–and there was a web site called Technorati that was the be all and end all of blogging.

Back in the mid-2000s Marketing Pilgrim was full of news and announcements from Technorati. If we weren’t breaking down their State of the Blogosphere, we were trying to crack the popular Top 100 list.

Unfortunately, since David Sifry left Technorati, there’s not been much to report on. Until today.

It is with fond memories, that I share news that Technorati’s top bloggers list is no more. A moment of silence, please.

<insert silence here>

According to B2C:

On May 29th, 2014, Technorati removed millions of pages from the web, deleting their entire blog directory and all associated information.

Trackur turns the social media monitoring dial to 11

Insights-DownloadAs you know, and by way of disclaimer if you don’t, I am the CEO of the social media monitoring tool Trackur. So, in a blatant act of self-promotion, allow me to share with you some upgrades that I’m pretty excited about.

First up, we’ve made our Insights charts fully downloadable to PDF. Customers will no longer have to navigate Excel to re-create the charts and analytics displayed in their dashboard. Trackur will do all the heavy-lifting, allowing you to provide pretty reports to your clients or boss.

Negative email alertsNext, we announced a new email alert option that will only trigger an email alert for an item our sentiment algorithm has determined to be negative. This is the perfect option for being notified of any reputation attack, while away from your dashboard.

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90% of marketing agencies boast being successful, yet 51% fail at measuring social [infographic]

What I’d really love to see added to this infographic is, of the 90% of agencies that boast success, what percentage of their clients agree with them? ;-)

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(Source: SEMPO)

80% of marketers believe mobile is significant, yet allocate just 3% of budget [infographic]

If 8 in 10 search marketers believe that mobile is an important part of the marketing mix, why is it that it makes up just 3% of budget?

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(Source: SEMPO)

Scammers, criminals & paedophiles ask Google to scrub their search results

Right to be forgottenWhen the European court of justice ruled that Google must allow citizens the right to be forgotten, they probably thought they were helping drunk college kids, scorned lovers, and those without any fashion sense, take back their web identity.

A noble cause.

According to The Guardian newspaper, what actually happened was the apparent scum of Europe applied to have their shady misdeeds scrubbed from the public eye:

Google said last Monday that it had so far received 41,000 requests to take down sensitive material from people in Europe since the landmark ruling, including a politician with a murky past, a convicted paedophile and a man who had attempted to murder his family and wanted to remove links about his crime. Google chief executive Larry Page has said that nearly a third of the 41,000 requests received related to a fraud or scram [sic], one fifth concerned serious crime, and 12% are connected to child pornography arrests.