Google confirmed with me yesterday that whereas the Q&A On Google function is de facto going away, the Google Query Hub just isn’t going to be impacted by this. The Query Hub is a separate however comparable function of that of the Q&A On Google, therefore the confusion.
Ujesh first notified me of this on Twitter when he obtained an electronic mail from Google telling him “your questions and solutions are going away on June thirtieth.” The e-mail goes on to learn “thanks for asking questions and sharing your information on Google. We’ve determined to show down the “ask and reply” function on Search. On April thirtieth we’ll cease displaying the questions and solutions you’ve got created on Google Search and on June thirtieth they are going to be eliminated out of your contributions web page.”
Right here is that electronic mail:
In May 2018, Google started asking customers in India to submit questions in a field within the search outcomes web page when the search outcomes didn’t have these solutions. Then in 2019, Google started to point out the Q&A on Google, listed here are some display screen pictures of it:
Google advised us the Q&A on Google goes away however not the Google Question Hub which launched extra broadly final yr. This doesn’t have an effect on Query Hub, that is particular to the power of customers to contribute solutions and solely out there in India for a choose set of matters. Google is letting customers obtain their knowledge in Google Takeout.
Right here is the complete electronic mail:
Thanks for confirming. Here is the complete model of the mail, that I’ve obtained from Google. pic.twitter.com/VYnk7br6Ee
— 👋 Ujesh (@ujeshkrishnan) April 25, 2021
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