This Week Google’s John Muller announced on Google+ that Google is removing authorship images and circle counts in the Google search results.
We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices,” he wrote. “As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count.
Up until now if you are verified your authorship through your Google+ account, your author photos displayed with Google circle counts in Google search results. While usability and eye-tracking tests have shown that having an image appearing in the search results increases click-through rates.
Mark Traphagen is shocked and he also pointed out in Google+ the Google authorship does not going anywhere.
Personally, it’s very sad to see drop of author photos in Google search results.