June 25, 2007
Why will you visit Blogger, Orkut, or even Google Adsense? The obvious answers would be , to write a post, check scraps, or account status etc. And for all these activities, you are required to login by entering your username & password.
But why do Google thinks that we visit Blogger to find out the new features launched or Orkut, to look at the Pics of those bunch morons because that is what they load first. I mean to say, if you are on a slow connection and want to access Orkut, they will first show the header, then some text followed by the group picture and in the end the box to enter your username & password.
So you have to wait for the entire page to download before you can login, which can be easily avoided if they set the order by the priority of the activity on the page.
I hope someone from their team can hear this.
June 15, 2007
June 13, 2007
The new Google Maps offers a 360-degree view of many streets in the San Francisco Bay Area,
It may have many repercussions, but to me it sounds really creepy. I may have exaggerated it a bit but at some point of time we have to decide, till what level can we allow Google or anyone else to intrude our privacy. Whether it’s putting up of cameras on Traffic Signals or Satellites, we have to say NO at some level. At least I can not live my life like “ The Trueman Show”.
June 12, 2007
Google thinks big these days. Here are the top 50 web properties according to ComScore, in order of importance (comscore.com/press/release.asp):
- Yahoo (probably too expensive)
- Time Warner
- Google [x]
- Microsoft (may lead to monopoly issues)
- eBay (expensive but can be considered)
- Wikipedia [Wikipedia founder says "no" to this deal)
- Amazon (can be considered)
- Ask Network (not interested)
- New York Times (Nice option, though news has always been a neglected child)
- Weather Channel (can be clubbed with news)
- CNET (same as NYT above)
- Adobe (why not)
- Gorilla Nation
- Target Corporation
- United Online, Inc.
- Facebook (extension to orkut)
- Monster Worldwide (may make a sense)
- CBS Corporation
- Verizon Communications Corporation
- Bank of
- Gannett Sites
- Idearc Media
- Disney Online
- Shopzilla.com Sites
- Real.com Network
- Comcast Corporation
- Yellowpages.com Network
- ESPN (already bought cricinfo)
- iVillage.com women's network
- ArtistDirect network
- WebMD Health
- Cox Enterprises Inc.
- Weatherbug Property
- NBC Universal
- JPMorgan Chase Property
So what’s next in the shopping list for Google?
My picks will be NYT, Amazon, Monster.com (instead of simplyhired) and i would love to see a Gaming Site in the list too.
June 6, 2007
Knowing what you want to search in not enough now days, you should also know where to search. And that does not restricts only to the website but also to the different search engines available there. Because if your are searching for some information, you have a choice of searching through Book Search or Scholars or Blog Search or Product Search or Image Search or Video Search or News Search or Code Search or **??? Search or you can create your own search engine using Google Co-op. Still not satisfied, try the new Voice Search, Accessible Search or the latest Experimental Search. And if that to is not enough try Google Suggest, Google Set or Know more about trends through Google Trends. With so many option available, i think Google itself might also get confused one day :-).
I don't how many of the users are aware of all such option but for those who know, it may sound like a nightmare. It is good that Google has created so many specialized search engines but it would be better that if it gives one search box (like the original Google) and then clusters the results found in specialized search engines. Though it has already started working on the same (because i can see images, videos etc on the same page) but a lot of work needs to be done on the clustering end. They should get some inspiration from Ask.com, they have done some cool UI stuff for clustering search results.
Hope i haven't hurt Google's sentiments yet again ;-)