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Sunday, May 8, 2005

Google Future

Mike Reynolds shares his thoughts on the future of Google services and products.

Googlejuice (Video)

See Joi Ito explain Googlejuice [MPG]. [Found at Loic le Meur’s.]

AdSense Demo (Flash)

This interactive Google AdSense demonstration is kind of funny, because you can integrate any site into the demo – and have AdSense engineer Greg walk around in front of it.

Update: As Tony noticed, you can easily access the site image generator.

Time Traveler Party

Hmm. MIT’s Amal Dorai threw a party for time travelers on Saturday. People are invited via acid-free paper slipped into obscure library books. To enter the party, all you need to bring with you proof you’re from the future – like, by bringing a solution to global poverty. Amal says, “We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention.” Even though the party was yesterday, it’s not too late to spread the word. [Via Gadgetopia.]


Some SEO sites have been coining the new term “Googlebowling.” It’s meant to describe a black-art search engine optimization tactic in which you link a competitor to oblivion. While Google always said this isn’t possible – i.e., for outside pages to hurt one – these sources say after the recent Google algorithm changes, it is. As usual, nobody has definite proof for the Googlebowling theory, and there may be much more in the mix than what people see.

Google Quiz

Take the Google quiz to find out if you’re a search expert. Most questions aren’t hard, but rather funny... like these two:

Q: What is the Google cache?

Q: What does the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button do?

There’s also the search engine and the search engine optimization quiz.

Apple Dashboard (Video)

The Mac OSX Dashboard [MOV] surely is a good-looking widgets framework.

Google Down? is down at the moment, at least from where I’m standing. (If this would be any other site, it’d probably not be newsworthy, but is the kind of domain you check if you want to know whether or not your internet connection works.) I went over to Google News to see if there’s any reports on this yet, but of course, Google News was down as well. Gmail on the other hand works fine. I’ve asked Google press for information, and if the email gets through, you’ll hear of updates here.

Update: And there is back up. Google News or Froogle still don’t work.

Update 2: Google sent me this statement: “Google’s global properties were unavailable for a short period of time earlier today. We’ve remedied the problem and access to Google has been restored worldwide.” The problem hasn’t been further specified.

SEW has some more details, quoting Google’s David Krane saying “it was most definitely not a hack” and “Yes, it was a DNS issue.” And Om Malik says: “For some readers the site was redirecting to the SoGoSearch page.” (See a screenshot.)

Update 3: Apparently, as a commenter at Slashdot points out, the webmasters of SoGoSearch registered, which is why some browsers incorrectly checked for when wasn’t available.


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