Earlier this year, when LinkedIn debuted their Volunteer Marketplace, they granted qualified 501 © (3) nonprofit organizations the ability to post volunteer listings at a considerable 90% off of the standard professional job posting price. These listings not only displayed in LinkedIn user searches, but also appeared in LinkedIn’s tailored job emails to members, alongside paid opportunities. A decided homerun for LinkedIn, this pilot program saw volunteer sign-ups double, and even triple in some cases.
On Aug. 28, John Mueller, webmaster trends analyst at Google, announced through a post on his Google+ profile that the Google Authorship tool was retired, effective immediately. Originally designed to enable online authors to display their Google+ profile photos and circle counts alongside their bylines in search engine result pages, Google testing showed that the feature was poorly received by authors and search engine users alike.