Google ends Authorship functionality [@SmartInsights alert]

Google’s use “rel=author” markup to stop but Google+ posts to continue featuring in search results Importance: Recommended link: Google announcement of end of Authorship Summary of the change John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced in a personal Google+ post on 28th August that Google will now stop showing authorship results in Google Search, and will no longer be tracking data from content using rel=author markup. From a Google user point of view this means you will no longer see author images in pictures like this one from a briefing written by Chris Soames in 2012: In fact, you may have noticed from around a month ago that Google removed the author images. In this new announcement they are taking the next step and removing the author information too. We’re also alerting you to this since more significantly from an SEO point of view Google has said that they are no longer using the data associated with markup. The Reasons for the Removal of Authorship? Google gives
http://www.smartinsights.com/social-media-marketing/google-plus-marketing/google-ends-authorship-functionality-smartinsights-alert/

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