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Study: Google's AMP Increases Content Engagement by 35%

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), launched just over a year ago, has already become an extremely popular mobile SEO tool. It's being used by over 2 billion pages across 900,000 different domains, and it's likely that these numbers will continue to grow throughout this year.

The reason why is simple: AMP is an open-source publishing format that uses a special type of HTML, allowing pages clicked on in Google's search results to load rapidly on mobile devices. According to a new study from web analytics firm Chartbeat, this increase in speed also leads to an increase in content engagement.

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Swift, Apple's Programming Language, is Now Open Source

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Apple's Swift programming language, debuted last year, has seen fairly wide use since its inception, counting LinkedIn, Yahoo Weather and Clear as apps that currently make use of it. Described as "Objective-C without the baggage of C" by one Apple software engineer, the new programming language has made app creation for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers significantly easier.

The tech giant has now opened up the programming language, allowing developers and programmers outside of Apple to dig into Swift, try it on different platforms, and contribute to its ongoing development.

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

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Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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Google Provides More Information About Mobile-Friendly Algorithm

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First came the addition of mobile usability features to webmaster tools. Then it was announced that mobile usability will absolutely become a ranking factor in mobile searches. Then came the announcement that Google's mobile-friendly algorithm will begin it's rollout on April 21.

While it may or may not deserve the term that some have given it - "mobilegeddon" - the fact remains that this adjustment could have an even bigger effect than Google's infamous Panda and Penguin algorithm changes. Now, Google has provided some advice for webmasters trying to prevent the loss of mobile traffic.

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HTTP/2 Support Begins Rollout In Browsers

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The internet has changed immensely since 1999. Besides simply being used by many more people for tons of new and varied purposes, one of the most drastic ways the internet has changed involves design. Using web archives, we can see the quaint design that sites like Google and AOL had at the time - simple (if sometimes cluttered), text-heavy and very little multimedia.

Looking at those old sites can make it feel strange to consider that Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the foundation for data communication on the internet, hasn't changed since 1999. Finally, it's getting an upgrade.

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