If you’ve searched for anything on Google in the last month or so (who hasn’t?), you may have noticed slight changes in the results. First, the author pictures next to the results conspicuously disappeared. Then, videos started to vanish for most results (except those of YouTube and other sources where video is a primary source of content). Now, author names have disappeared. According to John Mueller from Google’s Webmaster Analytics team, Authorship has indeed been removed from your search results.
A few months ago, the same search would have displayed the associated Google+ profile picture and related information, as shown in the image from our prior Authorship blog post.
More information about this can be found on the HostGator blog where I cover authorship and explain that it’s not time to run and remove all the rel=author tags just yet. Read more