Good news from Google: it’s going to start actively penalising sites for perpetrating the worst practices for mobile e.g. redirecting a specific “desktop” URL to a the homepage of the mobile site, or for shoving a doorslam “download our app” message at users.
I wish that we could convince people not to do that crap on the basis of it being, well, crap. But when all else fails, saying “Google says so” carries a lot of weight (see also: semantics, accessibility, yadda, yadda, yadda).
An excellent little rant by Cennydd that I agree with 100%: hovering does not demonstrate user intent.
A timely reminder: don't hide information behind mouseover events.
Andy Baio does a nice bit of investigative journalism in exposing the social network spammer hired by The Times. The internet treats crass marketing as damage and routes around it.
What would happen if Google tried to apply SEO techniques to itself?
Amazon is AB testing their next design iteration. Bye, bye tabs (yay!), hello fly-out menus (boo!).