Google Winding Down Nine More Features Including 'AdSense for Feeds, Classic Plus, Places Directory'; Flight Search Comes to Tablets

Update: Matt Cutts announced via Twitter that Google rolling out a small search ranking algorithm update that will reduce "low-quality exact-match" domains from showing up in the Google search results.Cutts said this will impact 0.6% of English-US queries to a noticeable degree. He added it is "unrelated to Panda and Penguin algorithm."Minor weather report: small […]

Update: Matt Cutts announced via Twitter that Google rolling out a small search ranking algorithm update that will reduce "low-quality exact-match" domains from showing up in the Google search results.

Cutts said this will impact 0.6% of English-US queries to a noticeable degree. He added it is "unrelated to Panda and Penguin algorithm."

It means, domain names that matches the given search query will affect--For example, if a site sells "blue widgets" and has a domain "www.bluewidgets.com," that would be an exact match domain.

A bunch of more features are announced getting axes from Google--bringing the total to nearly 60 that winded down as of the "spring" clean last fall. "These changes will enable us to focus better so that we can do more to help improve the products that millions of people use multiple times a day," Google posted.

Here is a list of latest sunsetting:

  • AdSense for Feeds --starting October 2 retires--and on December 3 will be closed. The feature helped publishers earn revenue from their content by placing ads on their RSS feeds. "Publishers can continue to use FeedBurner URLs powered by Google, so they won't need to redirect subscribers to different URLs."
  • Classic Plus that lets people upload or select images to use as a background on Google.com--Starting from October 16, won't allow users upload new pictures. The service which is part of Google search will be turned of in November 2012. However, you'll continue to have access to any images you've uploaded.
  • Google storage in Picasa and Drive will be consolidated over the next few months, "so users will have five GB of free storage across both services," Google posted. If you're paying for storage, "your free storage will now be counted towards your total." So if you buy a 100GB plan, "it will give you 100GB of total storage instead of adding to what you already had. For both free and paid storage, people at or near their current storage limits will have the same amount of storage after this change," Google wrote.
  • Spreadsheet Gadgets will slowly start turning off in Spreadsheets next year. The feautre was designed to allow people to add customized features to Google Spreadsheets.
  • Starting October 15, Google News Badges, as well as Recommended Sections will be stopped from issuing and displaying. "People can still tailor their Google News experience by adding custom sections or adjusting the frequency with which news sources appear," Google said.
  • Places Directory an Android app that helped people find nearby places of interest-- i s now from removed the Google Play as well as Places Directory site is taken down to favor Google Maps for Mobile.
  • +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools is taken off as the new "Social Reports" in Google Analytics offer a wider view of social activity (including +1's). So, this stand-alone +1 Reports discontinue on November 14.
  • Google Insights for Search merged into a revamped Google Trends, informs Google.

In other blog post, Google announced that Travelers can now access Flight Search from their tablets. Starting today, travelers can search for and book flights on any tablet device by going to http://www.google.com/flights/. With the touch of your finger, "you can easily explore places to visit on the map and see prices updated in real-time for each destination."

If you're flexible with your dates you can also use our lowest fares tool and scroll across days, weeks and months to find the cheapest dates to take your trip. Your results will be updated super-fast, even when you switch dates or destinations.

"46% of all US tablet owners who search for travel, actually purchase via their tablet. That's why we've optimized our Flight Search experience for those who prefer to search with a tablet, such as a Nexus 7 or an iPad," Google wrote.

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