Google needs to take its own medicine

As someone who looks after a few websites, some set-up within Google's webmaster / search tools maze, every now and again I receive an email alerting me to some issue or other with a site. The latest one was for this blog itself, highlighting two mobile-related issues:

  • Clickable elements too close together
  • Content wider than screen

Interesting. First, this site was developed from the ground-up to be responsive when I re-worked it some eight years ago. Second, why is Google suddenly highlighting these issues after all this time? “Surely the average viewport size is bigger than ever…” I thought to myself, but as it turns out it was a really old post that didn’t have “prettified” source code. Easily fixed.

But then comes the ultimate irony. Google include a link to unsubscribe from this sort of email guff, as one might expect. If you tap on it (on yer mobile device, natch), you see this:

Physician, heal thyself.

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