With all of the recent acquisitions by Yahoo! and Google, I decided to take a closer look at some of the companies that Google has purchased. I’m glad I did. I came across a couple of papers I hadn’t seen before, and learned a little more about some of Google’s employees that I didn’t know. 2007 ZingkuPostiniGrand Central CommunicationsZenter, Inc.Peakstream Inc.FeedburnerPanoramioGreen Border TechnologiesMarratech AB’s Video Conferencing SoftwareTonic SystemsDoubleclickGapminder’s Trendalyzer SoftwareAdscape Media 2006 Jotspot, Inc.YouTube, Inc.Neven [email protected] SoftwareWritelyMeasure MapdMarc BroadcastingReqwireless, Inc.Transformic, Inc. 2005 AndroidAkwan Information TechnologiesDodgeballUrchin Software 2004 ZipdashWhere 2 TechnologiesKeyholePicasaIgnite Logic 2003 Genius LabsSprinksKaltixApplied SemanticsNeotonic SoftwarePyra Labs 2001 OutrideDeja Zingku(Added September 27, 2007) Today, there was a note on the front page of the Zingku web site … [Read more...] about Google Acquisitions – SEO by the Sea
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Google Glass was introduced to the tech community with great fanfare in June, 2012 at Google I/O, but it was released to the developer community in April, 2013. Since then, the device has been mired in controversy, but it has also been successfully used in the areas of medicine and journalism. Recently, Google announced that it is going to stop the sale of Google Glass, so, what went wrong and what’s next? Here is what I have to say about Google Glass. Google Glass: An Experiment Ahead of Its Time Wearable technology most likely has a long way to go before it becomes an inseparable part of our daily life. (Have you bought your smartwatch yet?) There are many concerns among users, as well as non-users, about how a device like Glass can be used in public settings. Reasons Why Google Glass Probably Didn’t Take Off Initially, it was available only to a limited community of developers Google Glass was priced at $1500 Many users found the voice and touch user interface highly … [Read more...] about Google Glass – What Went Wrong and What’s Next?
Earlier this week at its Inside Search event, Google announced a new way to search the web called Search By Image. Rather than enter a text query, Search By Image lets you begin your search with an image and Google will (try to) tell you what it is and show visually similar images. Search By Image isn’t the first start-with-an-image search engine, and isn’t even Google’s first version of this kind of search tool. (TinEye has offered reverse image search since May 2008, and Google Goggles was Google’s first search-by-image tool back in 2009.) But Google is the big and new kid on the block, so we’ve taken an in-depth look at how Search By Image works — including when it’s at its best and worst. How Google Search By Image Works Search By Image is available now at images.google.com or via the “Images” tab in the left-side menu on Google.com. You should see a small camera icon on the far right side of the search bar. There are several … [Read more...] about Up Close With Google’s Search By Image: Hits, Misses & More
Google’s holding a highly anticipated “can’t miss” press event today. The news? Perhaps the new results-as-you-type your search feature that started showing today. Perhaps something else. We’ll know at 9:30am Pacific Time today, when the event gets underway. Stay tuned for live blogging. UPDATE: For more, see our article, Google Instant: The Complete User’s Guide. Want to watch the event yourself? No problem. Google says it will be webcasted live on its YouTube channel here. What’s likely to be announced? Our preview post has some speculation. We know that speakers who focus on Google’s user interface side will be presenting. We’re getting further reports that more people are seeing a new feature that shows you search results as you type. Add to this Google’s latest logo madness, first a logo yesterday with weird flying balls. Today, a white Google logo that gets filled in with color, as you type. Google said of the first logo … [Read more...] about Live Blogging The “Google Instant” Press Event & How To Watch Live
As use of Google Maps grows, marketers are increasingly drawn to the promotional potential found there, and some innovative ways of insinuating ads into the interface have evolved. Here’s a breakdown of some of the strangest tactics that have been dreamed-up for getting messages in front of Google Maps users. 1. Virtual ad placement Just this month it was reported that Google was awarded a patent for overlaying ads on sections of images. This could easily include overlaying ads on Street View Images within Google Maps, placing them over regions of photos containing billboards and posters on the outsides of buildings. This variation on the concept of virtual product placement probably strikes companies like Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns billboards all over the country, as somewhat invasive. It also reminds me of a form of guerilla marketing like the confrontationalist artwork of Ron English and the Billboard Liberation Front, who are famous for hijacking billboards by … [Read more...] about Six Odd Tactics For Getting Ads Into Google Maps