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Google Maps Rich Snippets Go Crazy

All round splendid chap Ian Williams spotted a strange problem with Google Maps, and reported it via Twitter. We decided to investigate! For some reason, Google is listing UK footballer, Joe Cole, as being located in a small town in Pennsylvania:

Joe Cole is now a place in America

A picture paints a thousand clicks: 135% increase in Google visits by changing a thumbnail

Here at Thing Towers, we've been running an "accidental" experiment on the impact of Google+ profile pictures in search results. The results are pretty spectacular! That teeny 44x44 thumbnail appears to be capable of having a dramatic impact on Google traffic.

What we're talking about is the author snippet you can see in search results, when you're on Google+ and follow the steps published by Google. Here's a lovely chap who'll help you chop up your fruit:

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