theEweekly Wrap: links, livestreaming and lexicography
|Google suggests||As well as the small matter of acquiring Motorola Mobility, Google made a few changes to its search services this week. First, there was the release of the Google Related bar. This Chrome Extension pops up at the bottom of the screen, providing the user with recommendations based on the site or page they are currently viewing. With suggestions including other sites, YouTube videos, Maps and reviews, it could bring a whole new dimension to procrastination. The bar also features a built-in +1 button to recommend any content that appears in it. However, it is currently only available to Chrome or Internet Explorer users.
Google’s second big change of the week was expansion of the sitelinks section under the top result in SERPs. There are now up to 12 sitelinks, appearing with a URL and text snippet to show searchers what is in that section. Google has also made “a significant improvement” in applying its algorithmic ranking to the sitelinks in order to “yield a higher-quality list of links”.
|RT abbr.||The BBC was forced to issue an apology this week, after using pictures from Twitter in their coverage of the riots without attributing them. Following complaints, the BBC’s Chris Hamilton said the team “make every effort to contact people who’ve taken photos we want to use in our coverage and ask for their permission before doing so”. However, in “exceptional circumstances” the photos will be used, and permission asked later; the riots being an example of this, as reporters were unable to get photographs as quickly as the public.
Twitter also made the news this week when ‘retweet’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Other tech-related additions include ‘sexting’, ‘cyberbullying’ and ‘woot’, the latter an expression of happiness usually seen online. In terms of online companies getting into the English dictionary, Google entered in 2006, Facebook in 2007, and Twitter in 2009.
|FA-cebook||Tonight (Friday, 19 August) at 7.45pm, Facebook will stream its first live sporting event. The first match of the FA Cup will see lesser-known teams Ascot United and Wembley competing in the extra-preliminary round. The famous UK football championship is now sponsored by Budweiser, and over-18s who ‘like’ the beer brand’s Facebook page will be able to stream the match live through the social media site. Over 69,000 people have already liked Budweiser UK.
ITV and ESPN own the broadcasting rights to this year’s FA Cup, so it’s unlikely any of the big games will be shown in a similar way. Budweiser marketing director Ian Newell told BBC Sport: “Budweiser is committed to bringing the world’s most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans. What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook?”