Faces Go Missing From Google's Search Results For About 75 Minutes

May 23, 2014 • 7:56 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Yesterday, the SEO space got into a bit of a panic when Google suddenly dropped authorship images from their search results page.

Twitter Twitter and Google+ went made (I am just sharing one thread from each but there were tons).

It was a bug, Google didn't tell me why, but the faces from the search results, my face, your face, where authorship rich snippets would show, disappeared. It was missing from around 3:45pm to 5:05pm EST yesterday. It came back, we survived without our faces but it was a wow - factor for many.

Instead of seeing:

Google Authorship By Line With Image

You saw:

Google Authorship Without Image

Yea, I know, the horror and confusion people must have had!

Forum discussion at Twitter and Google+.

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Mark Traphagen

05/23/2014 12:53 pm

What was most amusing to me was how many people immediately jumped to "See! More evidence that Google is killing Google+!" People want to believe that so badly. I should sell kits for cleaning egg off of faces.

Michael Martinez

05/23/2014 03:20 pm

You'd think after all these years people would learn to NOT PANIC but I guess they just don't want to learn.


05/23/2014 04:18 pm

Egads! 75 minutes? Did everyone notice a drop in their CTR due to the authorship not showing? 75 minutes is a long time to lose clicks. In other news, Chicken Little says the sky is not falling, he just checked. We really should tell Google to get with it and stop testing their SERPs.

Sean Murray

05/24/2014 03:17 am

I LOL'd at this line "we survived without our faces "

Ben Guest

05/24/2014 02:15 pm

I started a crow diet small business which has recently exploded. The orders just keep coming in so we keep serving them up. ;-)

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