Archive for the 'I Love Google – Sort Of' Category

It’s not about the spam

The Official Google Blog

Here is Google’s video explaining how their Spam Filters work:

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Google Webmaster Improves Search Query and Keyword Data

Wow, 2 from Google Webmaster in 1 day. I’m impressed. First they gave us more control over sitelinks, now Google gives  us more information. Summarized from below, here are the key related updates for Google Search Queries:

  • Up to 6 months of historical data
  • Top query percentages
  • Download Search Query Data
  • Improved Freshness – Constantly updating results

As you know, the queries used to find your website in search results can change over time. Your website content changes, as do the needs of all the busy searchers out there. Whether the queries associated with your site change subtly or dramatically, it’s pretty useful to see how they transform over time.
Recognizing this, Top Search Queries in Webmaster Tools now presents historical data and other enhancements. Let’s take a closer look:

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Webmasters can now provide feedback on Sitelinks on Google

Google Webmaster Central Blog 

This is a VERY welcomed improvement for Google Webmaster. I’ve gave feedback on this a long time ago and finally they heard me (and the possible thousands of others). Basically, the ability to control what Google displays regarding your web site is crucial. In addition, you play a direct hand in Google Search Engine Optimization. Here’s what Google has to say:

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Clear Improvement on Google Maps Zoom Feature

Pardon the pun on “Clear Improvement”, but seriously, I’m impressed. Here are 2 of the most impressive example from Google.
Elephants in Africa

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GOOG-411 graduates from Labs – With Video and Contest

GOOG 411 GOOG 411 Graduated from Labs! Congratulations! I’ve tried this service in the early stages and I’ve tried it in the middle stages and I just tried it again. There have been VAST improvements!

GOOG 411 Instructions

Well done guy who likes his Pizza who kind of looks like Trey from Phish! Anyway, here’s a video explaining GOOG 411 and a “Contest” of sorts. Pick from the people at the end and post your guess who’s the voice behind GOOG 411 on YouTube. Possibly a prize? Probably not…

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The Google Lat-Long Team Has Been Busy – Videos in Google Earth, Community Maps and More

Google Lat Long Blog

Apparently this week was a deadline for releasing new features for the Google Maps and Google Earth teams since both were quite busy with their announcements. To be quite honest, none of these announcements really interest me, so here they are for your reading enjoyment:

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Lesser-known (and secret) Picasa features Part 2

GooglePhotosBlog

In an update to their previous post on Monday, Google Explains Lesser-known (and secret) Picasa features,  here are some of the key points summarized:

  1. Ability to backup photos directly to external hard drive
  2. Backup is intuitive and only backs up updated or new photos
  3. Color “tuning” tab is intuitive (and hard to find)
  4. Turn thumbnails into 4 x 6 contact sheets
  5. And a Radial Tint “Easter egg” feature

Read below for the full details:

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Google Acquires Jaiku: Reach out and message someone

 Google Hearts Jaiku

Seems like this was a key purchase for Google in the realm of messaging. They are definitely going to be integrating Jaiku’s services into their mobile applications and their upcoming social network releases… here’s a little big on Jaiku straight from them:

Jaiku Features

Here’s what Google had to say:

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Google Explains Lesser-known (and secret) Picasa features

Google Photos Blog

Wow! This post was absolutely amazing and further proves that the Google Software engineers are rather genius.  I’ve included their full post below, but here are some of the highlights that I picked out…

  • Search Pictures by Camera the photos were taken with
  • Search Pictures by if the Flash was or wasn’t included
  • Search Pictures by dominant colors
  • Search duplicate Pictures

Well, supposedly there’s more “secrets” coming on Wednesday, but here’s the full story:

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Google Encourages Employees to Audit Open Source Software

Google Online Security Blog

Within the past several weeks Google has not only been improving their stock prices, they’re also been improving their image in regards to several fields (Environment, Design, Webmaster Tools, etc). In this case, Google is openly open about encouraging their employees to help out in the open source community. Perhaps another sign and further proof that the gPhone is going to be open source mobile software…

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