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. 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. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.)
For more information on using authorship on pages of your website, check out https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1408986 (archive.org)
Edit: In the meantime, we’ve decided to remove authorship completely: https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/HZf3KDP1Dm8 (archive.org)
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