Google Authorship

Various authors, Oct 26, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I got a thing in my email today saying basically "you've added Google Authorship markup to your pages... You've established your Authorship, which means that your photo and a link to your profile can now appear next to your content in search results." Which sounds great, but when I checked out the listing imagine my surprise to find this website - and everything else I've created outside Google - expunged from the serach results. So here's the thing: authorship metadata is great only if it's multisite. Otherwise, it's just a fancy userid and pretty much useless in search and just about anything else. Tim Bray says there is no enemy in the identity debate - but I say, site-specific identity, that's the enemy.

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