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Google Image Search Says it All [PIC]
A Mail From Google Music Beta Team [PIC]
You Don’t Run Google? [PIC]
Facebook is blocking all Google+ links on their website [VIDEO]
Google+Facebook allows you to see your Facebook stream inside Google+.
Simply Connect to Facebook, and get all the updates on your Google+ Facebook tab.
Please let everyone on Google+ know by +1-ing Google+Facebook:
Here is a preview screenshot:
For the last couple of days it seems that my Facebook news feed has been exploding with people offering invites to Google +. Often not even referring to Google+ but rather simply saying “couple invites left.” The excitement this seeming exclusivity creates is incredible, as more and more Google + invitations flutter into my inbox. I start to wonder why make it an invite service other than to entice people who would other wise not find out about the service as quickly if it entirely open.
Now Google is known for creating invite only services, however in the past those invites were not given out to all users in seemingly unlimited amounts.
I feel like the marketing team that came up with the idea of giving unlimited invites out to a generation of people who live on Facebook and twitter status updates deserves a standing ovation, for the ability to use their competitions services in order to boost exposure for Googles latest venture. They’ve clearly already captured much of their competitions user base, lets just see if they can hang on to it. / emptv
Mark Zuckerberg’s Profile at Google+ [PIC] via Spectators
What would happen if… [PIC] via bigtelephone
Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let buddies know you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until we perfect teleportation, it’s the next best thing.
Am I Google+ing right? [PIC] via robdenbleyker
XKCD – Google [COMIC]
Google really thinks I will buy ANYTHING if there’s a discount [PIC] via DropAdigit
That is just in bad taste, Google. [PIC] via saltycheesenip
Yahoo Doesn’t Care Google and Facebook Won [PIC]
Did You Mean BattleShip? [PIC]
Some Truth about Google Search [PIC]
The more the merrier, right, Google? [PIC]
By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan’s recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft’s response, “We do not copy Google’s results.” However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.
I’d like to give you some background and details of our experiments that lead us to understand just how Bing is using Google web search results.
It all started with tarsorrhaphy. Really. As it happens, tarsorrhaphy is a rare surgical procedure on eyelids. And in the summer of 2010, we were looking at the search results for an unusual misspelled query [torsorophy]. Google returned the correct spelling—tarsorrhaphy—along with results for the corrected query. At that time, Bing had no results for the misspelling. Later in the summer, Bing started returning our first result to their users without offering the spell correction (see screenshots below). This was very strange. How could they return our first result to their users without the correct spelling? Had they known the correct spelling, they could have returned several more relevant results for the corrected query.
This example opened our eyes, and over the next few months we noticed that URLs from Google search results would later appear in Bing with increasing frequency for all kinds of queries: popular queries, rare or unusual queries and misspelled queries. Even search results that we would consider mistakes of our algorithms started showing up on Bing.
We couldn’t shake the feeling that something was going on, and our suspicions became much stronger in late October 2010 when we noticed a significant increase in how often Google’s top search result appeared at the top of Bing’s ranking for a variety of queries. This statistical pattern was too striking to ignore. To test our hypothesis, we needed an experiment to determine whether Microsoft was really using Google’s search results in Bing’s ranking.
We created about 100 “synthetic queries”—queries that you would never expect a user to type, such as [hiybbprqag]. As a one-time experiment, for each synthetic query we inserted as Google’s top result a unique (real) webpage which had nothing to do with the query. Below is an example:
To be clear, the synthetic query had no relationship with the inserted result we chose—the query didn’t appear on the webpage, and there were no links to the webpage with that query phrase. In other words, there was absolutely no reason for any search engine to return that webpage for that synthetic query. You can think of the synthetic queries with inserted results as the search engine equivalent of marked bills in a bank.
We gave 20 of our engineers laptops with a fresh install of Microsoft Windows running Internet Explorer 8 with Bing Toolbar installed. As part of the install process, we opted in to the “Suggested Sites” feature of IE8, and we accepted the default options for the Bing Toolbar.
We asked these engineers to enter the synthetic queries into the search box on the Google home page, and click on the results, i.e., the results we inserted. We were surprised that within a couple weeks of starting this experiment, our inserted results started appearing in Bing. Below is an example: a search for [hiybbprqag] on Bing returned a page about seating at a theater in Los Angeles. As far as we know, the only connection between the query and result is Google’s result page (shown above).
We saw this happen for multiple queries. For the query [delhipublicschool40 chdjob] we inserted a search result for a credit union:
The same credit union soon showed up on Bing for that query:
- Internet Explorer 8, which can send data to Microsoft via its Suggested Sites feature
- the Bing Toolbar, which can send data via Microsoft’s Customer Experience Improvement Program
or possibly some other means to send data to Bing on what people search for on Google and the Google search results they click. Those results from Google are then more likely to show up on Bing. Put another way, some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results—a cheap imitation.
At Google we strongly believe in innovation and are proud of our search quality. We’ve invested thousands of person-years into developing our search algorithms because we want our users to get the right answer every time they search, and that’s not easy. We look forward to competing with genuinely new search algorithms out there—algorithms built on core innovation, and not on recycled search results from a competitor. So to all the users out there looking for the most authentic, relevant search results, we encourage you to come directly to Google. And to those who have asked what we want out of all this, the answer is simple: we’d like for this practice to stop. via google blog
TSUNAMI – Google Trends [PIC]
Google: Keepin’ it classy. [PIC]
Google Insight Heat Maps for Wikileaks – Regional Interest: Herndon [PIC]
hey google, there’s no need to beat around the bush. we’re all in this together, ya feel me? [PIC]