Free Google Gmail Stickers

8 12 2008

It may have been revealed around 4 days ago, but Google are offering people free Gmail stickers.



Just Google It’s Wordle Tag Cloud

24 11 2008

I stumbled across a web app called Wordle and created a word cloud of all of Just Google It’s tags and content. Here we are:


It was rather obvious that Google was going to be the dominant word in our Wordle cloud, yet I’m concerned with my use of the word ‘however’, which appears to be too often…

To get your own Wordle cloud, and maybe save it to their gallery, just visit their site.

Are You A Self-Obsessed Googler?

9 10 2008

People use Google for many things. Advertising their business. Researching (poorly) a topic for academia. Pricing up new MP3 players. Searching for new wallpapers. Checking peoples blogs. Many things.

But there is one thing most people have done at least once: typed in their own name.

The “name search” category on Google is always one that comes out in top when Google releases its yearly Google Zeitgeist report. It would seem curiosity to see what the Internet says about you or what images are associated with your name is extremely powerful. It has even been touted as way to check that a potention boyfriend or girlfriend has not done anything horrendous in their past that may have been reported in the news. But the Self Googling Phenomena, as Udi Drezner calls it, is something that is apparently universal.

A recent “Do You Google Yourself?” survey preformed by Search Engine Round Table in September 2008 revealed that a whopping 96% of participants had Googled their own name. 35% even Googled themselves regularly!

Google Yourself Poll Results

Google Yourself Poll Results

I’ve often Googled myself, but with a name like Jake Johnson all I get are all American quarterbacks, wrestlers or dirt bikes riders and people who couldn’t spell Jack Johnson. Although I did once find something very odd. I swear I’ll buy that book one day…

Have you ever seen something strange when Googling your own name? Have you never done it? Do you check your name results on a regular basis? Tell us! Leave a comment!

April Fools Come Early? Google Goggles For Gmail

7 10 2008

Beer Googles. Making us all think things are a great idea when, in the cold light of day, they are clearly not. Google agrees.

Deep in the Google Labs, their self-styled “technology playground”, they have taken this concept, applied it to Gmail and come up with Mail Goggles.

Google are releasing an add-on to your Gmail that poses tough math questions past a certain time of night – to stop you sending that email you might regret!

News is that you can customise the level of difficulty and also the time that the goggles come into effect.

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can’t always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we’re launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?

By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you’re most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it’s active in the General settings.

So Google shows its common sense and humour in one great big, lab-themed swoop. I’m sure i’ll activate it, if not to stop lewd emails leaving my inbox, but to give myself some puzzling maths.

What do you think of Google Goggles? Great idea. Waste of time. Let us know! Leave a comment!

Google Time Machine: Step Back To 2001

1 10 2008

Lets just take a minute from our hectic lifestyles and the impending financial meltdown of the world and look back. To simpler times…

Kofi Annan and The UN won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Foot and Mouth Crisis grips the UK countryside. Julia Roberts wins the Best Actress prize at the 73rd Oscars awards ceremony. Tony Blair is re-elected as British Prime Minister. George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.

A lot happened in 2001. And Google wants to help us remember that…

The Internet Archive is great fun for those looking for a nostalgia trip. It is basically a collection of cached versions of various web pages. You can go back to look Amazon’s homepage from 2000 or see what eBay was like in 1998. Google, in light of their 10th birthday, have put together Internet Archive’s resources with their own to create a fully functional 2001 Google search engine – with real listings:

“We had so much fun searching that we wanted to put this old index online for everyone to play with. We thought it’d be even cooler if we could actually see the full versions of the old web pages, so we worked with the Internet Archive to link to their cache of these pages from 2001. Step into the time machine and try a 2001 Google search.”

Google 2001 Homepage

Google 2001 Homepage

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What’s That Yellow Guy Doing?

26 09 2008
Who is that guy?

Who is that guy?