Posts Categorized: Google

GOOG Bonds Now in Beta

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“…if the economy improves and interest rates rise, Google will have executed a very profitable trifecta: it could repatriate its cash at a lower tax rate and buy back its bonds at a discount. And even if none of this works out, Google’s cost of borrowing $3 billion will only be about 2.3%, which in […]

Initial Thoughts on Google Offering Droid for @font-face Use

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My initial thoughts on Google offering a hosted version of Droid: This is more an extension of their mobile play than getting into the font hosting. Here’s why: The Android handsets only display the Droid family of fonts. Google’s stated a number of times they’re serious about being successful in mobile. Google is a web […]

Users are a Side Effect or Why Google's Web Applications are Free

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“I get the feeling that all of Google’s products were invented for Google to help streamline the way it does things.” – yellowbkpk Exactly. Just as I wrote about Google’s AppEngine last year, Google’s applications – whether Gmail, Wave, Maps, or the recently announced Buzz – are about reducing costs and streamlining their business. In […]

Verizon Droid Hands-On Review

Posted by & filed under Andriod, Featured Articles, Google, Verizon.

The Verizon / Motorola / Google Droid, released later this week, is a solid, tactilely satisfying handset. I suspect it’ll be Motorola’s most well-received handset since the RAZR. Verizon’s marketing is correct – the Droid is the first real peer to the iPhone. More importantly – the Droid is the first significant competitor to the […]

DroidDoes is the Anti-1984 Ad

Posted by & filed under Advertising, Andriod, Google, iPhone, Verizon.

25 years ago, Apple announced their new, friendlier, easier-to-use personal computer with the iconic 1984 ad where a heroine throws a hammer – taking down a non-descript technical figure. Tonight, I watched Verizon’s new ad. Verizon is declaring Apple’s iPhone is too friendly, too simplified, too limiting – what you need is a non-descript […]

What if Google Blocked Your Site?

Posted by & filed under Censorship, Google, Twitter.

“Yet, Google’s system makes no distinction between people who have malsites and people who get hacked and then fix their sites. Neither Google nor Twitter notified me at all, despite the fact that both have my email address via my respective accounts at those services, nor did they give me any fair warning to remedy […]

Calling Double-Sputnik on Google

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One of my favorite past-times is to dissect competitors within a business sector. Sometimes the pairings are obvious (Barnes & Noble vs. Borders, Honda vs Toyota), other times I’m less confident (Target vs. Wal-Mart3, Facebook vs. Twitter). These pairings (or groupings) point as much at commonality across market offerings as they do project the direction […]

A Proposal for Shorter Google Maps URLs

Posted by & filed under Featured Articles, Google, Google Maps, URL Design, Usability.

I was adding a link to a Google map into my iCal and noticed Google is encouraging me to share the the map URLs in email and IM. But there’s a problem with the Google Maps URLs. They’re +/- 155 characters. Here’s the full URL:,+plymouth,+mn&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&cid=1854680882426337660&li=lmd&z=14&iwloc=A This URL is neither short, nor easily memorable, nor […]

Unspoken, Unfortunate, Synonyms

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From what I can tell; “SEO” is an unspoken synonym for “works better in Google” “Social Media” is an unspoken synonym for “works better in Twitter” Both of these are unfortunate for they: turn something easily understandable into something vague and amorphous – the exact opposite of good framing mask the monopoly those companies have […]

Google AppEngine: More About Google Labs than You?

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There’s a long history of tech companies developing there own applications because it’s cheaper long-term than licensing, especially for core applications like: email, calendaring, text processing. I’m confident Apple employee use, iCal, and iWork in-house and those apps are cheap or free for the rest of use. Same for Sun and StarOffice/NeoOffice. Same for […]

Free & Open Is Its Own Lock-in

Posted by & filed under Google, Joyent.

A decade ago, one of the very first places I found that offering free websites gave everyone access to the same images directory. You could upload your own images, but then everyone else could use them as well. Goofy, questionable, but free. I’ve been hosting with Joyent for more than 3 years, purchased 3 different […]

Google Gears and Joyent Slingshot – Take the Web Offline

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My biggest issue with browser-based apps is their complete uselessness when I’m without internet access (or low bandwidth situations). Still happens quite frequently. I knew that situation wouldn’t last long, but of all the potential outcomes, I didn’t expect this one: Joyent Slingshot and Google Gears turn browser-based apps into offline desktop apps. Crazy.

Web 2.Over: Google Buys FeedBurner

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Consistent with my hypothesis that Google is a social gesture company, they bought FeedBurner (a company finally reaching its only exit strategy, Thank god). Four Predictions: Six Apart now pulls auto-FeedBurning from TypePad blogs due to conflict of interest. Google incorporates FeedBurners metrics into Google Analytics and sends the rest of FeedBurner to play with […]

A fun game I play with Google

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A fun game I play with Google….when ever GOOG remembers who I am, I sign out. Back story: Steve Borsch – Google Web History, Rex Hammock – Google now has my attention.

The Difference Between Yahoo & Google

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From my perspective, sorting out the acquisitions of Yahoo and Google is pretty straight-forward. Yahoo (list of Yahoo acquisitions) has always been about building a directory. ‘Tags’ are just another way to create a directory. From that perspective, purchasing HotJobs (directory of jobs), Flickr (directory of photos), Upcoming (directory of events), (directory of web […]

Measure Map = Google Analytics v2.0?

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I sure hope so. The current offering (Urchin assimilated) isn’t that useful. “Bringing Measure Map to Google is an exciting validation of the user experience work I’ve been doing with my partners at Adaptive Path for years. – Jeffrey Veen” Congrats to Veen, Congrats to Google. To PeterMe and everyone at Adaptive Path, I’m sorry […]

Why Google Analytics Isn’t Useful

Posted by & filed under Google, Metrics, Weblogs.

After a couple months of being completely without site analytics, I thought I’d try out Google Analytics. Things it doesn’t measure; RSS feeds, downloads, downloads from RSS feeds. Considering 95% of what I’m tracking is accessible via an RSS feed (like podcasts). Google isn’t helping me. The previous iteration of their tool – Urchin, was […]

Introducing WP-GotLucky

Posted by & filed under Google, WordPress, WordPress Plugins.

WP-GotLucky 1.2 includes database and RSS2 support The WP-GotLucky plugin send you an email everytime a page on your WordPress weblog is Google’s “I feel lucky” search result. Download WP-GotLucky v1.2 For suggestions, comments, and all other ongoing concerns with this plugin, head over to the WP-GotLucky dedicated page