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Jens Minor [PersonRank 3]

Monday, July 31, 2006
11 years ago2,357 views

I have an "SSD"-Link in my Accounts-Page. But it only links to www.google.com. Other Users from my site have it to.

What's this?

-> jmboard.com/gw/forum.php?viewt ...
-> red-rocket.org/index.php?title ...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

blogoscoped.com/forum/38721.ht ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Jens, I'm guessing that users from your site have followed a link somewhere on the web that will sign them up for "SSD" when they login to their account. I originally posted about this here:

ruscoe.net/blog/2006/06/google ...

Nobody really knows what this is yet, although many people have suggested it's probably related to Simple Storefront Distribution (as mentioned in the thread Ionut's referring to).

I'm be interested to hear if this has been added to anyone's account who can categorically say that they definitely haven't followed links like these:

www.google.com/accounts/Create ...
www.google.com/accounts/NewAcc ...
www.google.com/accounts/Login? ...
www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It's in my account, but I can't say I haven't visited these. :)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I've checked a couple of Google Accounts that I know haven't visited any of those pages and SSD isn't showing, so I can only assume that it displays once you've signed up for it...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

You are right. It would've been really weird for Google to show those services for everyone.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

SSD was on the normal services account for quite some time.. even w/out the sandbox effect..!!

It always pointed back to hompy

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

/pd – Yep, just as I reported in my original blog post back on 10 June 2006 (which I linked to above) although it didn't physically show up until they changed the look and feel of the Google Accounts pages.

A lot of people have only just started to question why this is showing up in their account though.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Tony : A lot of people never visited their account setting.....unitl after they heard about your scoop!! :)_

david sanger [PersonRank 7]

11 years ago #

groups.google.com/group/simple ...

"Description: A public discussion group about the SSD (Simple Storefront Distribution) specification. SSD is a web content distribution method used by E-Commerce websites to share catalog data in a format easily interpreted by computer software. SSD is based on XML 1.0 and modeled after the RSS 2.0 specification."

Last activity in forum, 2004

david sanger [PersonRank 7]

11 years ago #

simplestorefront.org/

Looks a bit like Google Base.

Not sure though if the Google service really is the same.

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Ok, here's my chance to throw a wrench into the arena...

First, Tony your blog is a treasue trove of information and one of the first times I visited your site was when you discovered the "SSD" service, I would have to agree with David that Google Base seems to similar for it to be associated with Simple Store Front. What SSD is, I have my ideas, what follows is my thinking...

Second, going to the newacount/signup page looks pretty standard; a look at both the source code and reveals the ever elusive reference to project "Caribou" in both the page HTML and the Javascript (www.google.com/accounts/GaiaCa ...)

Here comes the wild speculation part :D
I enjoy trolling the Google source code looking for juicy tidbits, and this project "Caribou" keeps popping up. If you look at the code for gmail, spreadsheets, calendar and picasaweb references to the project are found (that's my short list :) This could mean two things; one, Google is simply reusing code, why reinvent the wheel; two, project caribou is an attemp by Google to give it's projects a common structure so that information and files can be stored centrally. With the second, what if Google allowed you access to those files :D

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Wasn't caribou Gmail's code name ?

Sankar Anand [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

i too have ssd in my account page.......

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Yes, Caribou was Gmail's code name before it was officially released. However, some now believe that Caribou refers to more than just Gmail, suggesting that Caribou is like the internal Google version of Gmail + Calendar + XAlerts + ??? ...

(I guess this would be something like Google's own internal version of Microsoft Outlook and maybe more.)

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Tony – that's what I was mentioning above [Up] blogoscoped.com/forum/59541.ht ...

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I had "Mobile Download Console" in my Accounts page. Don't know how long it was there, since I just visited it a minute ago for the first time in, like, a year.

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