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County on high alert after social media threat

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National Guard troops arrived in El Dorado Hills Town Center shortly after 8 p.m., Monday. At this time Town Center is quiet but well-protected should any unrest occur. Democrat photo by Noel Stack

Near dinner time Monday El Dorado Hills Town Center started closing doors rather than opening them after a message posted earlier on social media encouraging protestors to take their message to places like El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove and Roseville caught the attention of El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini.

The sheriff told the Mountain Democrat he wanted to prevent in El Dorado County the violence and looting that has plagued larger, more metropolitan areas in the wake of George Floyd’s death. He contacted the National Guard and asked for help.

“My biggest concern was ‘if’ they did (come to El Dorado County),” he said of the violent protesters seen in other cities across the nation. “I didn’t want them to get ahead of us. We made the decision to pull out all the stops — to be prepared.”

Preparation Monday night included 50 National Guard members, 40 sheriff’s officers and 15 additional officers from Amador County — all covering the West Slope should unrest occur. Placerville and South Lake Tahoe police officers and the California Highway Patrol were also on high alert.

At EDH Town Center the display was impressive. Roads were blocked to limit access to the shopping center after all the businesses had closed and armed National Guard troops stood watch at the center’s gateway while others were posted in strategic spots. Sheriff’s officers were also out in force, using their vehicles to block roadways and patrolling the area.

“We will be out here as long as we feel we need to be,” D’Agostini said. “I want the community to feel safe.”

The sheriff said he welcomes peaceful protests, “just do it the right way.”

“If you step out of line our enforcement steps in,” he warned. “I’ve got lots of room at the jail.”

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Google December Product Reviews Update Affects More Than English Language Sites? via @sejournal, @martinibuster

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Google’s Product Reviews update was announced to be rolling out to the English language. No mention was made as to if or when it would roll out to other languages. Mueller answered a question as to whether it is rolling out to other languages.

Google December 2021 Product Reviews Update

On December 1, 2021, Google announced on Twitter that a Product Review update would be rolling out that would focus on English language web pages.

The focus of the update was for improving the quality of reviews shown in Google search, specifically targeting review sites.

A Googler tweeted a description of the kinds of sites that would be targeted for demotion in the search rankings:

“Mainly relevant to sites that post articles reviewing products.

Think of sites like “best TVs under $200″.com.

Goal is to improve the quality and usefulness of reviews we show users.”

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Google also published a blog post with more guidance on the product review update that introduced two new best practices that Google’s algorithm would be looking for.

The first best practice was a requirement of evidence that a product was actually handled and reviewed.

The second best practice was to provide links to more than one place that a user could purchase the product.

The Twitter announcement stated that it was rolling out to English language websites. The blog post did not mention what languages it was rolling out to nor did the blog post specify that the product review update was limited to the English language.

Google’s Mueller Thinking About Product Reviews Update

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Product Review Update Targets More Languages?

The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.

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But he asserted that he was seeing search volatility in the German language that appears to be related to Google’s December 2021 Product Review Update.

This is his question:

“I was seeing some movements in German search as well.

So I was wondering if there could also be an effect on websites in other languages by this product reviews update… because we had lots of movement and volatility in the last weeks.

…My question is, is it possible that the product reviews update affects other sites as well?”

John Mueller answered:

“I don’t know… like other languages?

My assumption was this was global and and across all languages.

But I don’t know what we announced in the blog post specifically.

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But usually we try to push the engineering team to make a decision on that so that we can document it properly in the blog post.

I don’t know if that happened with the product reviews update. I don’t recall the complete blog post.

But it’s… from my point of view it seems like something that we could be doing in multiple languages and wouldn’t be tied to English.

And even if it were English initially, it feels like something that is relevant across the board, and we should try to find ways to roll that out to other languages over time as well.

So I’m not particularly surprised that you see changes in Germany.

But I also don’t know what we actually announced with regards to the locations and languages that are involved.”

Does Product Reviews Update Affect More Languages?

While the tweeted announcement specified that the product reviews update was limited to the English language the official blog post did not mention any such limitations.

Google’s John Mueller offered his opinion that the product reviews update is something that Google could do in multiple languages.

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One must wonder if the tweet was meant to communicate that the update was rolling out first in English and subsequently to other languages.

It’s unclear if the product reviews update was rolled out globally to more languages. Hopefully Google will clarify this soon.

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Google Blog Post About Product Reviews Update

Product reviews update and your site

Google’s New Product Reviews Guidelines

Write high quality product reviews

John Mueller Discusses If Product Reviews Update Is Global

Watch Mueller answer the question at the 14:00 Minute Mark

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