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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Google Adsense gets holiday decorations

The Google Adsense team has been in the Christmas spirit lately. They have now decorated Adsense ads with holiday spirit creations. The images range from different things such as snowmen, Waldo, an ice skating penguin and holiday packages.

The decor doesn't appear by itself. In order to see it on your sight you need to log into your Adsense account and go to Account Settings under the My Account tab, and edit the settings for "Ad Type Preference ". Or by simply following the instructions in their FAQ.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Trends - New Google Search History Feature

Google has come out with a new feature for it's Search History service. Trends shows you your trend of searching patterns for quite a few different things. You can view your trends and patterns for top searches, top sites, top clicks, monthly search activity, daily search activity, hourly search activity, and people with searches similar to yours.

Trends gives pretty interesting patterns of your searches as well as statistics. There is a post on the Google Blog giving some detail from the Googler that came up with the idea who is a part of the personalization team at Google.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

GmailThis!

GmailThis is a nice little feature. It is basically a button that you put on your toolbar. Pushing the button takes you directly to your gmail account to compose a new email. When the window opens, it has a link to the site you were on when you pushed the gmail this button. Any text that you highlighted on that page will also be included.

Basically, it cuts out the part of having to open your gmail account and going to compose a message and it brings the highlighted text and webpage link with it.



GmailThis!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Blogger Web Comments for Firefox

Google has released a new project into Google labs that is called Blogger Web Comments for Firefox BETA.

This is an extension for Firefox that lets you see and read what other bloggers are saying about the webpage that you are visiting. This extension also helps you to find groups of people that are interested in the same subject or web page.

You can download it here: http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/webcomments/index.html

Friday, December 09, 2005

Gmail Clips

Some of you out there may have seen this in your gmail before. I caught a glimpse of it in my gmail account a couple of times.

Gmail clips are headlines from your favorite blogs and news sites right above your Inbox. They consist of aggravated feeds from
websites with an RSS or Atom feed. Gmail clips also displays relevant text ads appear from time to time as well.

This feature can be used as a great asset if you set it up to display headlines from sites or asset that you commonly view, to see what the headlines are. All you have to do is enter the URL of the website feed in the Clip settings, or pick from the popular feeds that are available. You can also search for feeds using keywords. Set this up properly and you can see things of interest that you would normally want to see anyway.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Google Transit Trip Planner - Public transit via Google

Google has now taken on the task of helping users using local transportation plan local trips without having to go to various websites. This service does so in an easy, intuitive way, and seems to be a very useful product. This newfound project (in Google Labs) gives commuters the ability to easily access public transit schedules, routes, and plan trips using their local public transportation options.

So far, this service is only available in the Portland, Oregon area, but Google plans on expanding to other major cities in the near future.

Friday, December 02, 2005

New AdSense feature

It looks like Google is testing a new feature with their AdSense program. I haven't seen this before, but I found it while surfing my blog. It gives you the ability to view Google Ads by searching on your topic or query of choice, right there from within the Google Adsense ad. I managed to capture a screen-shot of it below.

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Pretty neat new feature in my opinion. If you have tried out this new feature, post what your search results in the comments since I can't do it myself.

Customize Talk

For anyone looking to add plug ins or features to Google Talk, check out the www.customizetalk.com This site provides news, tips & tricks, and links to fun add-ons. It also has tweaks, skins, downloads, tutorials, links, forums, and more.


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