Weekly Digital Roundup 9.12.21

January 7, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Weekly Digital Roundup 9.12.21”

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Digital Weekly Roundup, this week’s news brings long-awaited Instagram features to light and offers some insight into URL slugs from John Mueller.

Google unveil the top searches of 2021

Google has announced the top ten trending searches of 2021 on their ‘Year in search’ mini-site featured on Google Trends and the results for the UK may surprise you. The top ten trending searches of the year across all terms are:

1) Euros
2) Premier League
3) Christian Eriksen
4) Covid vaccine
5) Prince Philip
6) Matt Hancock
7) Emma Raducanu
8) Sarah Everard
9) England vs Denmark
10) Sean Lock

They’ve also put together a video talking about the Year in Search here:

Google’s year in search 2021 video.

Instagram to bring back chronological feeds

Instagram announced via Twitter that they will bring back chronological feeds for accounts in 2022, stating they will offer the option to switch to chronological feeds or stick with the current algorithm-based feed. The full tweet reads:

“We want people to have meaningful control over their experience. We’ve been experimenting with Favorites, a way for you to decide whose posts you want to see higher up, and we’re working on another option to see posts from people you follow in chronological order.

We want to be clear that we’re creating new options — providing people with more choices so they can decide what works best for them — not switching everyone back to a chronological feed. You can expect more on this early next year!”

This was talked about in a recent senate meeting by the current head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, when he revealed this has been in development “for months” and that they will be “targetting the first quarter of next year”

An image showing a user logging into Instagram via an iPhone,

Google update their Top Stories design for Desktop results

Google is currently rolling out an update for their Top Stories display, replacing the carousel design with an easier to read grouped design. A spokesperson for Google confirmed to Search Engine Land ” We’re always working to make it easier for people to dive into the most useful, timely articles available through Search to help them form a better understanding of the world and the topics they care about most,” The spokesperson also added “This newly launched feature is the desktop version of the Top stories experience you can already find on mobile”

Here’s a screenshot of the new look:

An image showing the new compressed Top Stories feature on Google SERPS.

John Mueller speaks out about URL Slugs

Google’s SEO spokesman John Mueller has replied to a tweet asking how important it is to have a category/topic in the URL slug for a webpage. Mueller response is that it doesn’t affect your rankings. You can see the exchange here:

John Mueller's tweet response showing a .gif of a woman saying "Zero"

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