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Google Uses Chrome to their Market Webapps

In case you have any plugins installed, or haven’t use a fresh and up-to-date version of Google Chrome lately (running the Canary build myself), you might not have noticed that the default “new tab” page / homepage has now changed to show some of the core google suite products: Chrome Webstore (this is not new) Google Docs Google Drive (seems to be a duplicate but maybe the brand is still transitioning) Gmail (easy access more so than marketing) Youtube Google Search Previously Google Chrome had focused on things like your recently closed pages, and the Chrome Store. It’s interesting to see more of their own products pop-up here. Their client base for people trying these things since they are presented with them has got to be growing. This is similar to the new start menu in Windows 8 – but with both we’ll have to see if people just get used to using the things they are familiar with and “see right through” the other things, or if they are tempted to explore. That’s UX / UI for you.

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Google Chrome – A web browser built for speed, simplicity, and security

Google is still following the model of having an open-source, beta-ish version of Chrome alongside their standard Google Chrome. It’s interesting the “about” pages are very similar.

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Preview the new compose (Gmail)

Fast Compose messages right from your inbox. Simple Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look. Powerful Check emails as you’re typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.

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Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky Search is Broken

Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky Search is Broken… at least if you’re using some type of browser shortcut for it. I had a custom search set up in Firefox and Chrome to allow me to “lucky search” any keyword and jump to the result. Now Google is checking the referrer for lucky searches and it will take you to a results page unless you do the lucky search from the Google Website. One small note: It still seems to work for queries without a space in them. Try replacing your spaces with underscores or just searching for a single word. Is this affecting you? Do you have a solution? Leave a comment below.

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What is Google’s Adwords Re-Targeting?

The Google Adwords algorithm is a theory that often the first impression won’t yield a conversion, and so they offer Adwords re-targeting. What that means is when a user is searching for something, they’ll be shown ads. Perhaps they’ll even click one of those ads – but it doesn’t mean the advertiser (payer) will get a conversion. If there is no conversion, Adwords knows that the user is probably interested and perhaps just needs to be “impressioned” a few more times. They use cookie tracking and lots of other good methods to follow you around to their affiliate sites (think Youtube video ads, ads on websites, etc) and will show you what they think you’re interested in. I recently took a look at the design of the SquareUp site and ever since then I’ve been seeing so many ads for their product. Amazon.com does a similar thing – if you visit their site you’ll start seeing things that you looked at show up on other websites. In short, that’s what Google’s Adwords’ Re-Targeting is all about.

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Email notifications from Google Webmaster Tools

Dear Webmaster Tools user, We know that having a healthy and well-performing website is important to you. To keep you informed about your site’s status Webmaster Tools will now automatically send you a notification email if there are critical or important issues that we detect with your site. We’ll only send you email for issues that we think have significant impact on your site’s health or search performance which have clear actions that you can take to address. For example, we’ll email you if we detect malware on your site or see a significant increase in errors while crawling your site. For most sites these kinds of issues will occur rarely. If your site does happen to have an issue we cap the number of emails we send over a certain period of time to avoid flooding your inbox. If you don’t want to receive any email from Webmaster Tools you can change your email delivery preferences at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/preferences. We hope that you find this change a useful way to stay up-to-date on critical and important issues regarding your site’s health. If you’d like more information about Webmaster Tools and building Google-friendly websites please visit http://www.google.com/webmasters. The Webmaster Tools Team © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Webmaster Tools account.

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Google Analytics Product Update: Real-Time data, Shortcut Reports, & MCF API

Monthly Product Update   August 2012 This month’s Google Analytics features make it easier to learn about campaigns as they launch, access key reports, and incorporate conversion path data into your applications.   What’s New Segment Real-Time data to learn about campaigns as they launch In your Real-Time reports, click on a page element to segment your data by different dimensions, such as country or medium. Segmenting your Real-Time data can help you view the performance of a geo-located PPC campaign, measure which content is most popular in large metro areas, observe how social media is impacting site traffic from an industry conference, and more. Learn more. Save time finding your favorite reports with Shortcuts Shortcuts help you get the exact view you want of your Analytics data  in record time. Rather than having to go through the “find report, add segment, change sort” process daily, use Shortcuts to do it once, save it, and come back to it in a single click. Learn more Easily export & analyze Multi-Channel Funnels data with the API    Use the MCF Reporting API to query for metrics from the Analytics Multi-Channel Funnels reports and incorporate conversion path data into your applications. Key uses for this include combining conversion path data with other data sources–such as cost data–to create new visualizations, as well as using conversion path data to automate processes such as bidding. Learn more.   Case Studies & Education Watch: “Multi-Channel Funnels” webinar to learn how to improve your marketing campaigns … Continue reading

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Google Girl with Glasses in the Inbox

When I open my inbox google is encouraging me to upgrade so I can video chat with up to 9 people. No thanks, I’m ok. But there is a video with Google Girl explaining how to do Hangouts and how to get things done. Video chat with up to nine people Upgrade to Google+ to get more out of Hangouts and go beyond one-to-one video chat. You’ll be able to chat with up to nine people at once, collaborate on Google Docs together and more – just like Google Girl does. Google Girl Images Here are a few more images of Google Girl from the video:

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Input/Output – Google I/O 2012

Google I/O 2012 brings together thousands of developers for three days of deep technical content focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. Brush up on your geometry, dust off your protractor, and architect a machine only you could have dreamt of. Join developers tackling our latest Chrome Experiment for a chance to have your machine featured at Google I/O. The keynote and the sessions for Chrome, Android, Google+ and other select sessions will be streamed live across four channels during the first two days of Google I/O. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back on June 27. Learn the latest web, mobile and social breakthroughs and meet the developers who are turning them into tomorrow’s businesses. Keep yourself and your team innovating at Google I/O, returning to San Francisco’s Moscone Center from June 27th – 29th, 2012. https://developers.google.com/events/io/input-output/

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Google is Down (June 2012)

All of Google Services happen to be running extremely slow today, or are not running at all. It is almost as if Google’s servers are overloaded. Why is this? One possibility is that today is also the date WordPress 3.4 was released. WordPress is the fastest growing CMS platform in the world. It is widely adopted, and in this point release they have switched all of their javascript libraries and resources over to using resources that are google hosted, for example jQuery: http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7/jquery.min.js Other libraries include similar scripts and frameworks such as jQuery UI and the corresponding css. It is notable that google provides both HTTP and HTTPS / SSL versions of these resources. Google also recently released an updated algorithm to enhance search results, and they are also going to be phasing out Google Product Search in favor of a marketplace where they will make commission and rank products higher based on bids (using the Adwords admin interface). Perhaps those things are also slowing down this giant. Do you have another idea about why google is going so slow today? Leave a comment below!

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