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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

College students can submit invites for Gmail

If you are a college or a university student, you can request a Gmail account from Google to be sent to your email address (email addresses ending in .edu only). Simply go to the link below and fill out your name and email address and Google will send you an invite for a Gmail account.
Can't wait to see this implemented for Fifrefox!


Google AdSense preview tool

What is the Google AdSense preview tool?
The Google AdSense preview tool can help you to see what your site would look like with Google AdSense placed on it. It has a right click function that integrates AdSense into any web page.

Other features include:

Check the destination of ads that are on your page : ads displayed in the preview tool are in a test state, so you don't have to worry about accidentally clicking on an ad. Clicks and impressions are not counted against the ads that display within the preview tool.

View sample ad formats and colors : create previews of formats and color combinations within the preview tool. Choose from 2 different preview formats, plus a 12 ad spread that allows you to view more available ads at once.

Preview colors on your page : the 'Preview' feature of the Color Options menu allows you to see what new color combinations would look like on existing AdSense standard ad units, right on the page. By simply selecting new border, background, or text colors from the preview tool, and clicking "Preview," the new colors will be temporarily applied to the standard ad unit currently on your page.

Geo-targeted locations : select the geo-targeted location from which to view ads, allowing you to see what users in Canada will see, even if you live in Japan.

If you would like to use the Google AdSense preview tool, simply right click on the link below and save the file to your desktop. Be sure that the extension you save it as ends with ".reg" without the quotes. Now double click on the file you just saved to your desktop. Click "Yes" in the confirmation window. You will need to restart Internet Explorer in order to start using this feature.

AdSense Preview Tool
Now whenever you right click you will see the option "Google AdSense Preview Tool". Simply click on it and the tool will launch.

How the GoogleBot views your web site

Google now offers site owners a way to see exactly how the GoogleBot sees your site when it's being indexed. In order to use this service, you need to have a Google Account and sign up for Google Sitemaps. Once you have created an account, or with your existing account, go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/add?hl=en

If you do not have a sitemap, you can get one generated for free at http://www.auditmypc.com/free-sitemap-generator.asp
or at http://www.free-tips.org/google-sitemap-creator.html

Once you add your sitemap to Google sitemaps and the GoogleBot has crawled your site, Google Sitemaps will give you details on Query stats, Crawl stats, Page analysis and Index stats.

With this tool, Google lets you know about such things as HTTP errors, URLs restricted by robots.txt, Unreachable URLs, URLs that timed out, as well as pages that link, refer and are indexed on your site. A lot of other useful info can be found there for webmasters as well.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Google Testing Click-to-Call Ads

Google has began testing what could be the next wave of it's strong backbone like advertising stint that it first started back in ???? The Google pay per click ads are a new way of connecting the user directly to the advertiser that is found on the Google search results page. This is done completely over the phone. This service is free of charge as Google pays for all the local as well as long distance calls.

When you first click on the ad, you are prompted to enter your telephone number. Very shortly after you enter your number, Google will call the number that you provided. Once the user picks up the phone, Google connects that user DIRECTLY to the advertiser, while at the same time blocking the number of the user so that the advertiser can not access it. Google states that your telephone number will be deleted from the servers after a short period of time. The advertiser's number appears on your caller ID when Google connects you. This way, you can save the merchant's number for future call-backs.

This has the potential to be huge ladies and gentleman.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!!! (and different Google logos and font)

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!


Hope everyone out there has a safe, joyful and happy thanksgiving!!! I think I'm going to gain a few pounds today! Can't wait to eat!

Want to see some of Google's Thanksgiving images? I found them hiding on Google's server. Here they are:

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If you would like to find other holiday Google images you can find them on Google's Holiday logo page. They also have official logos and fan logos that you can take a look at too.

There's a site that has Google Logo Images, Google Logo Pictures by Google Fans, Google Logo Design Awards, Fake Google Logos and more. You can find all these at Logoogle.com.

Want to design a custom logo with the same letters and font that Google uses? You can find those at Logogle.com.

Want to have a Google search page with your name on it instead of Google's? Just use Google My Way. It's fun to use that as your default Google page too. You can have one just like GoogleDude's and still use it the same as the normal Google search page.

You can find information on the Google font, which is called Catull on this page, and see what the exact font letters and numbers look like here.

There is also a command line program called Gpaint that you can use to create Google-like logos.

GoogleBlog happened also to make a post today saying Thanks Victoria doodlers celebrating the opening of their new office in the Victoria area of London.

Whew! Enough of the Google font and logos and pages. Time to eat! Have a great Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Google talking with CBS for video content

It all started with Everybody Hate's Chris. Google now is in talks with CBS who is owned by Viacom to start streamlining programs. This move would give Google Video the boost that it needs to be on a more competitive position with other competitors in the video content areana.

WORLD DIGITAL LIBRARY: Library of Congress to create WDL - Google First Private Sector

Just recently today, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced Google as the first private-sector company to with a funding of $3 million.

World Digital Library (WDL) is planned to be created for use by other libraries around the world. The content of the World Digital Library, like that of American Memory, will be primarily one-of-a-kind materials, including manuscript and multimedia materials of the particular culture.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Google temporarily limiting number of new users signing up for Google Analytics

After having 234,725 accounts opened within a week of it's debut, Google has closed the door on new users of Google Analytics, at least for now. In that short period of time, Google is up to tracking a half a million accounts and websites. Currently when a new user attempt to sign up on Google Analytics, they receive this message:

Google Analytics has experienced extremely strong demand, and as a result, we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity. In the meantime, please submit your name and email address and we will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for your patience.

Is this a marketing move, or just an overwhelming of Google's new technology? Similar events have happened with Google Earth as well as Google Web Accelerator. Whatever the reason is, for now Google is not accepting new users or the addition of additional websites to current accounts.

Read more here and here.

Google may buy online photo service that recognizes human faces

Every have a problem distinguishing between identical twins or members of the same family? Google may soon be able to help you with that.

The rumor is that Google may be looking to ante up to buy a new breakthrough photo recognition service. The company named Riya is an online photo service. What makes this photo service unique from the rest out there is that it has the abilities to recognize human faces, as well as match them with names.

The CEO of the company, Munjal Shah was recognized and nominated as one of the Top 10 "Up and Comers" by business week in 2001. Many say that this move is the result of a counter attack of rival Yahoo's acquisition of Flickr which uses artificial intelligence and face-recognition technology.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Google News for Portuguese and Brazilian Readers

Google has just recently launched Google news for Brazilian and Portuguese readers. You can read more about it on the Official Google Blog: Get News in Portuguese.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Google Print renamed to Google Book Search

Google Print has now been renamed to Google Book Search. This will help to eliminate some of the confusion that users have thinking that Google Print is a service that will assist them in printing documents or web pages.

Google Sitemaps improvements

I tried to access Google Sitemaps this morning from my bookmarks only to get the custom Google error page:

Right off the bat I new something was up. I always use my bookmark to access Google sitemaps. So with a quick Google search I find that the new URL is https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/siteoverview. OK, so now I'm wondering what else has changed? Well now Google Sitemaps goes into slightly more details.

  • There are Query stats that gives information about "Top search queries" and "Top search query clicks".

  • There are Crawl stats that provide distribution information for pages that Google has crawled.

  • There is Page analysis that shows you how the Googlebot sees your site.

  • There is also Index stats where you can use Google's Advanced Search page to find out how your site is indexed.

    You can also view basic indexing information about any site. Just enter the site URL in the View stats for field on the Site Overview page and click View.



What I like is that if your site isn't verified, you can still see "Sitemap details and errors"
as well as "Indexing information about your site". Once you verify your site you have access to

  • Query stats about your site
  • Crawl stats about your site
  • Page analysis of your site
  • URLs from your site that Googlebot was unable to crawl, and why Googlebot couldn't crawl them

These new features are an added bonus that gives slightly more webmaster info for the webmaster.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Google Base is now Live, Up and Running


Late yesterday evening, Google Base finally officially opened and went live.



The service is for all types of offline and online information. data, images and products. Depending upon how relevant your submitted content is, it may appear in a Google Search, Froogle or Google Local. Google Base also gives you the feature of adding labels and attributes to your content making it more easy to find through a search. Learn more about it here. But if your anxious like I am, get started with it here. :)


Google Base gives the opportunity to people to host their content for free without having to manage their own website.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mercora IMRadio for Google Talk

ABC News: Mercora IMRadio for Google Talk

Using this application you can share copyrighted digital music over the Internet legally.

Today (November 14), Mercora unveiled a new version of the service that ties into the Google Talk instant-messaging network.

With this you can listen to songs being played or "broadcasted" by your Google Talk friends. Each user can broadcast up to 5 songs, but with each search you can find a tremendous variety of all musical categories. The client is completely free.

www.mercora.com/radio.asp

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Free Google Mini?

Are you unhappy with your organization's search results? As reported on the Google Blog, if you replace the search enterprise that you are using now with Google Search Appliance before the year's end, and Google will give you a Google Mini at no charge.

Complete the form here to gave a Google search specialist get in contact with you about upgrading to Google.


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Rosa Parks Tribute and Google Earth Placemark


A tribute to the lady that helped spark the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man forty years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work. Her arrest and trial received national attention. It also sparked a 381-day Montgomery bus boycott. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled in November 1956 that segregation on transportation is unconstitutional. Rosa Parks is now seen as a hero, standing up for racial injustices. If it were not for Rosa we wouldn't be where we are today. Though indeed we still have a long way to go. We are still better off than we were 50 years ago.
Hey Rosa, just wanted to say, THANKS.

Here is the placemark for Google Earth to see the Rosa Parks Museum which is located in Montgomery, Alabama:
Google Earth: Rosa Parks Museum Montgomery, Alabama

Monday, November 07, 2005

Google Local for Mobile Cell Phones

Google has just unleashed yet another service called Google "Local for Mobile". This service is a downloadable application that lets you view maps and satellite imagery, find local businesses, and get driving directions on your phone.

So if you have this, you have no more excuses for being lost. Google can help you with that.
There's a nice little song on the Google Blog written by Matt Waddell of the Google Mobile Team. Nice amusing song. If you want to hear it it is here.

Google Talk: Video calls and Conferencing now Available

With the new plugin from Festoon, Google Talk users now have the ability to make real time video calls, video conferencing between up to 200 users and application and file sharing. You can also play games, share pictures and use it for other business needs such as spreadsheets and applications.

Festoon Google Talk Video Plug-in securely connects users with high-quality group voice teleconferencing. Users can also engage in immersive video experiences to uniquely identify themselves.

GoogleDude recommendation: 2 thumbs up!

Download here.


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Friday, November 04, 2005

Google Desktop 2 Updated and out of beta

Yesterday, November 3, 2005, Google finally took the big step of releasing Google Desktop 2 out of it's beta stage. The program was also updated and includes new options and capabilities.

Read more here.

UPDATE

New features added:

Sidebar's new Google Maps panel: This has all the full functions of the regular service Google Maps plus the added function of finding new locations relevant to the web pages and emails you're reading and showing them in your maps panel.

Improved script support making it easier for home brewed side panels.

3rd Party panels: A bunch of new 3rd party panels that can be found here.
Examples: GDTunes, which cycles through your iTunes collection (and even shows album covers), dictionary, Winamp and an American Express panel to track and view credit card transactions in real time.

JavaScript: developers can now use simple JavaScript to write plug-ins for Google Desktop 2

Google Desktop for Enterprise: enhanced administration, integration and security features


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Katrina Flyover Images - Before and After

MSNBC has a sight that takes the power of Google Maps and displays before and after pictures from Hurricane Katrina. You can see aerial pictures as well as zoom in and out.

Katrina Flyover

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Google to take over the World?

When I first started this blog, the title at the top stated, "Today the Internet, Tomorrow, the World". I was being a bit sarcastic. But truthfully nowadays, it really seems as if Google is trying to get a foot in the door everywhere that the public has a concern.

To support this theory, I will use nothing but the facts, as only facts are relevant.

First, let's start with Google Wi-Fi and Secure Access. This, tied in along with Google testing and giving away free wireless internet service in particular areas? Come on now, we all learned in kindergarten that 1 + 1= 2. This would make plenty of sense. Offer wireless internet to users in areas where advertising aimed at the user can be reflected by the user's geographical location as well as personal preferences, which Google is building a list of on all it's user's. The same thing has been done with Gmail, maybe without the geographical location targeting. So why not try and give free wireless internet service to EVERYONE? It would be supported by Google's biggest cash crop, content targeted advertisements, that could easily be made more appealing with the addition of one of Google's infamous algorithms. Along with Ad Sense? I dare you to tell me that doesn't make sense.

And it's already in the air that Google TV could be put into action. So how bout integrating that Wireless Internet with a TV program that is similar to TV-on-Demand? This content could just easily be streamed from Google's servers the same as Google Video is done. So if you follow Google at all, you must have heard about Google buying miles and miles of fiber optic networking around the country. What use could this be? This quote is taken from Jason Lee Miller over at webpronews.com:

a free nationwide broadband network could save consumers and Google some money while putting serious heat on other telecom companies.


Not too mention that Google has registered the following domains: googletv.com, googletelevision.net, googlehd.net, googlehdtv.net, googlehidef.com and googlehighdevinition.com. Not too mention the recently added googledvr.net/.org
Hmmmm, a coinincidence maybe. I don't know, but I do know that 2 + 2 = 4.

Of course all the other Google applications can tie in just as easy. I think Garett Rogers puts it best. He stated:

Imagine the possibilities… You are watching Google Satellite TV
through your "internet ready" Google DVR:

1) You receive a new Gmail and it
pops up automatically on your TV (if you choose to see new messages of course).

2) A ticker at the top of the screen shows recent news that interests you… or
better yet, it shows new items from my
Google Reader!

3) A more personalized TV experience which will
serve up relevant commercials on commercial breaks based on your
interests.

Considering the fact that Google can make their products all interact with one another through Google Accounts, what's stopping Google from alerting you while you watch Google On Demand TV that you have received an off-line message from your friend on Google Talk. He wanted to see if you heard the news of the new content that has been added to the Google servers, but your Google Alerts you listened to this morning when Google alerted you too wake up. But at the same time, you get updates across the bottom of the screen that are directly form your Google Reader subscriptions. With details and Google Map links and directions to the advertisement from your grocery store that's only a few blocks down the street. You make your way to the store, sure that you will make it because the Google Earth display in your vehicle Some how, Google knew that you were waiting for that seafood to go on sale.

Soon we won't even have to worry about recovering stolen cars. Just do a Google search for it after they incorporate this project with Google Earth. Bam!


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