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Speed Suggestions in Google Analytics – New commenting system for YouTube – Google barge mystery solved

Google introduces a new Speed Suggestions report

Google Analytics users can now find a Speed Suggestions report in the Behaviour tab on the sidebar, which has been added to help website owners boost the performance of their sites.

The new report exhibits the average load time for the most visited pages on a site. It also integrates with the PageSpeed Insights tool, which analyses the contents of a webpage and generates a speed score out of 100. Analytics users are then able to view suggestions as made by Google for improving their site speed.

The recommendations for pages are listed in order of the impact that they have on the speed on the site, with suggestions including:

  • Minifying JavaScript
  • Reducing redirects
  • Cutting content loading time

Optimising site speed can be highly valuable for businesses, leading to improved customer satisfaction and user experience. As customers prefer to use sites that they can move around effortlessly, they are likely to engage better with those that have faster site speed.

YouTube rolls out new commenting system

The new commenting system YouTube announced in September has now started its roll-out.

YouTube is hoping that the change will improve the quality of comments being left on the site. So, the site will no longer be listing them in chronological order, but will instead be organising the comments based on their relevancy. Where the comments rank will depend on who wrote it, +1s and number of replies, while updates from the video creator will also appear high up.

As the section will also be integrated with Google+, comments can be set as public or private, meaning that you can discuss a video with just the people in your Google+ circles. This integration is also likely to be beneficial for video creators, as they can moderate comments in a more efficient and effective manner through auto-approving comments and blocking words.

Due to the sheer amount of video content on YouTube, it may take some time for the new comments system to be rolled out across the entire site.

Google barge mystery solved

The mystery of the barges Google has moored on the US coast has now been solved.

The search engine giant has issued a statement announcing that the boats will be used as interactive learning centres, where people can discover and find out about new technology.

One is floating off Portland, Maine, while another is being built in San Francisco Bay. The one moored in San Francisco Bay is a four-story structure which has managed to stay shrouded in mystery during its construction as a result of being built on docked barges as opposed to land, with the Coast Guard restricted from sharing any information.

A statement released from Google's press centre said: "Google Barge ... A floating data centre? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

With portability clearly at the forefront of Google's mind during the construction of these interactive learning centres, the components can be moved on land and sea, making them easily transportable and accessible to those wanting to learn about the new technology.

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