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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.
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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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.
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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