Google launched authorship back in June 2011 and later that month, Google began showing author images in the search results. Two years later, Google dropped author images from the search results and now a couple months later, they have dropped the authorship bylink links completely from the search results. Google says its continuing and expanding its support of structured markup (such as This markup helps all search engines better understand the content and context of pages on the web, and we’ll continue to use it to show rich snippets in search results. It’s also worth mentioning that Search users will still see Google+ posts from friends and pages when they’re relevant to the query - both in the main results, and on the right-hand side. Today’s authorship change doesn’t impact these social features. Get the full story at Search Engine Land