Google is becoming more social on a number of levels, but really doesn’t have a central hub where those social interactions can all be seen at once. That may change in the future, and a new patent application from Google shows an example interface that such a system might use. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Twitter seeing this screenshot from the patent filing: Google already has worked social features into many of their offerings. Some of the pieces of Google’s somewhat distributed social network include: Google latitude – Allows you to find your friends on a map and share your location with the friends you choose Google Buzz – Sharing real time status updates, messages, and multimedia Google Reader RSS Newsfeed Reader that allows you to share items with others Google Places – The sharing of recommendations and reviews for places that Google tested under the name “Google Hotpot” has been merged into Google Places Blogger … [Read more...] about A Hint of What Google’s Social Network Might Look Like?
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Google offers a variety of products beyond its traditional search engine, and many of those products could help a small business owner grow an online business. Even more enticing is the fact that many of Google’s products are free. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a small business should use all of Google’s products. In part one of this article, Which Google Products Should a Small Business Use?, I discussed the potential benefits of using Google Analytics, Google Maps/Local Business Center, Google Base, and Google Website Optimizer. Today, I’ll talk about Google AdWords, Google Webmaster Central, Feedburner, and Google Alerts – all of which are Google products a small business owner should consider using. Google AdWords AdWords is Google’s pay-per-click advertising program. You write an ad, bid on keywords, and when your ad shows and someone clicks on it, you pay Google for that click to your web site. Even if a full-blown PPC campaign isn’t … [Read more...] about Which Google Products Should A Small Business Use? (Part Two)
As we covered earlier, US Representative Joe Barton sent Google a letter with 24 questions relating to privacy — along with a week to answer them. I was annoyed that some seemed basic and already answered in a way that one of his interns could easily uncover. But Google’s now replied to the letter with a 19-page response with answers. You’ll find the responses in this PDF file. It’s the weekend, so I’m off and leaving a deeper analysis until Monday. Google is providing the PDF file to media outlets that asked for it. I think we’re the first to have done so. Below, the contents of the letter in HTML format: 1. Please describe Google’s retention policy with respect to the following data. Include in your response a description of the type of data retained (for example, URL, Internet Protocol [IP] address, date, time of connectivity); the length of time the data is retained; where the data is retained; who has access to the retained data; and how … [Read more...] about Google Responds To Rep. Joe Barton’s 24 Privacy Questions
It’s Nexus One day! At least, that’s what we’re all expecting from the “Android Press Gathering” event that Google is hosting today. I’m attending it and will be liveblogging all the news that comes out of it. Not up to speed on the Nexus One? It’s the widely expected Google Phone, a phone that Google apparently closely developed with handset maker HTC, running the Android mobile operating system. So it should be pretty special, eh? Something stellar from the company that has said it never want to do products that aren’t substantially better than what’s already out there? Well, from what we know so far, no. Engadget has a nice early review here. My take after reading it was that the Nexus One is like the iPhone, with a better camera but without multitouch. Engadget certainly wasn’t blown away. Fred Wilson also has a light review here. Nor do we know so far of any unique tricks or twists to the pricing model that you might have … [Read more...] about Liveblogging The Google Nexus One Phone Launch
Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results? Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn’t find the person you wanted? Google’s new “Profile Results” launching today aim to correct both problems. Since the end of 2007, Google has allowed people to create Google Profile pages for use with certain Google services. For example, if you created content in Google Maps, your Google Profile let you share who you were with others using that service. The same profile also served to identify you when using the completely different Google Reader service. Now Google Profiles are going beyond Google’s own services. They’re being promoted as a way for people to tell the world who they are and, to some degree, being offered as a way for people to claim their identity in Google’s main search results. “People have no control over how … [Read more...] about Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”