Google added download support for Windows/Mac, Video iPod and Sony PSP. There’s also a ‘Purchased Videos’ link and a ‘put on site’ link that when clicked reveals an HTML code to embed the Google Video on your website.
This is how the total picture looks now :
Here you can see the download button and supported/preferred formats :
This is what you see when you click the link that says ‘Put on site’ :
You can also browse a user to find more clips from that same user. Very nifty ! Now I’m waiting for a system that allows users to rate clips and give comments, and we’re fully web 2.0
Create Custom Google Maps for Your Site, part II - with a lot less coding and cut and pasting you can get you a map just the size you like it.
In a few steps, you too can have that attractive Google Map customized :
1. Enter an address for the map
2. Map width and height
3. Check the options you like (select by clicking)
– Disable switching between map types.
– Default to satellite imagery view.
– Default to hybrid imagery view (roads layed over the satellite images).
– Show directions form above map. Result opens up in a new window
4. Create Map
Easy as that. Visit Jason’s Sitemapper to try it out.
In Philipp’s forum, Ludwik Trammer says Polish news papers are covering the story the big ‘G’ is coming over to start something new.
While the quoted articles are in Polish, the translation of those articles leads us to believe that Google officially starts with a new office. Artur Waliszewski, former executive member of Onet.pl will be responsible for activity on the Czech and Hungarian market too. Adam Kwaśniewski, until recently network manager of Ad.Net, broker of internet advertising, will be working closely with Waliszewski.
It seems the Polish students of informatics caught Google’s attention last year by winning the Code Jam 2005, beating almost 15.000 other participants. (If I understand it correctly)
Read (in Polish)
Other reference that points in the same direction is this interview, also in Polish, where is stated that Google officially has confirmed appointing Artur Waliszewski as its Polish director.
In this interview Waliszewski explains his plans for Google Poland, on his first day on the job.
According to the interview, Google doesn’t plan to open a sales deck in Poland, but wants to have its ears close to this market, and this is where Waliszewski and his crew step in. New products will be introduced on the Polish market in course of time and assistance is one of the tasks besides co-creation of strategies to speed up the introduction of Google products.
Problem is that all the Google products are in English, and it seems the Polish office needs to work on translating Google’s services in order to serve the market better. The main focus of this crew will be AdWords and AdSense and the integration of it.
To the question whether Google’s decision was based on the presence of a strong department of mathematics / informatics at Warsaw University,
Waliszewski answers that there are multiple causes, stating Google’s products are available in 112 countries and in 100 languages. Google is a global firm that thinks and acts locally, so opening an office in Poland is just part of that strategy. Google will open offices in other coutries too. Google has noticed the Polish market long before it opened the office there, because it’s internet market and search possibilities are very huge. An office in Poland was a logical step to take. The fact Poland has a lot of computer freaks and that Poland won the TopCoder award surely counts too, however, that link isn’t to be seen as a consequence in development. Waliszewski was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of Google folks knew about the outstanding performance of Polish coders, but doesn’t think that’s all that matters.
So far my translation.
Google has Job offerings for Poland and is currently looking for a Senior Marketing Manager, Central and Eastern Europe - based in Warsaw, Poland.
via [Ludwik Trammer in Philipp’s forum].
From Yahoo’s Music Blog :
“A couple years back, Lucas created Webjay, a site for easy creation and playback of playlists from the Web. Users can create playlists using music/audio/video from around the Web (with a simple Web form, from scraping a Web page, or with a fancy Ajax interface created by a 3rd party using Webjay APIs), share them with others, include them on their Web sites, browse other users playlists, play the playlists in any media player, or cannibalize the playlists to create new ones. With Dave Goldberg (head of Yahoo! Music) running around telling people that the playlist is the next frontier in digital media, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that we’re interested in what Lucas is doing with Webjay. Y! Music Engine has some interesting playlisting features, open APIs, and more goodies on the way. Lucas will help shape our strategies around playlisting in the future.”
At CES, the guys from Orrent Design went to check out Google’s campsite, and got to see the new Google Talk demo with buddy icons.
Also after talking to the developers, which pretty much kept everything a secret, did say that the interaction of Google Talk and AIM will be out pretty soon.
Check out the pics !
I really hope I can add icons myself soon, because what they’re showing off isn’t quite my Dada.
via [Techzingo] > [Digg]
Most people really like the embedded Google Maps, but don’t know how easy it is to add them to any page. With a little bit of HTML knowledge, anyone can quickly have a map up and running in just a few minutes.
Joshua Siler helps you on the way to your very own, fully interactive Google map. If you want to get fancy, study the API documentation to learn about the other features already built in.
First you need a Google Maps API key, which is free. You can find it, along with other documentation, at http://www.google.com/apis/maps/. Bookmark this link - it has lots of details you might want, especially if you extend your new map beyond the example Joshua points out.
Learn how to do it, Quick & Easy.
via [Techzingo] > [Digg]
Adam Szatrowski made a custom Java script for Safari that helps you to download those Google Video flash files (.flv)
1.Create a bookmark. Add a bookmark to the bookmarks bar of Safari by pressing Apple + d or going to Bookmarks -> “Add Bookmark…” The URL doesn’t matter, because we’ll change it later, so any arbitrary page will do. Go ahead and name it what you want the final button to be called, something like “Download Video” will do.
2.Edit the URL. Click the show bookmarks button in the bookmarks bar or go to Bookmarks -> “Show All Bookmarks…” and find the bookmark we just created, click the URL so that you can edit it. Replace the URL with Adam’s Java.
3.Test it out! Now visit a google video page and click the bookmark we just created, the downloads window should pop up, and Safari will begin downloading the .flv (flashvideo) file.
Note: The bookmark will still be clickable even if your not currently on a google video page, if you do so you will be taken to a blank page, I’m currently working on fixing this.
Thank you Adam !
via [Techzingo] > [Digg]
According to ComScore, Google leads in online search, but its browser toolbar fell to second place in November compared to Yahoo’s toolbar.
Yahoo sites received 48.5 percent of toolbar searches, edging out Google’s 46.4 percent, ComScore Networks said. Toolbars are offered free by portals and search engines as a way to lure consumers directly to their sites, without having to type a URL in the browser.
While Yahoo’s win is worth noting, toolbars only account for 12 percent of all searches, ComScore said. Google in November remained the market leader in the United States, accounting for 38.9 percent of all searches. Yahoo was second with 29.5 percent, followed by Microsoft’s MSN, 14.2 percent. Rounding out the top five were fourth-place Time Warner Network and Ask Jeeves.
Yahoo’s new Yahoo Go service is meant to make it easier for consumers to get e-mail, personal contact information, news and other information. For example, it will allow people to take pictures with camera phones and instantly view the images on their computers, TVs or cellphones.
From [GlobeInvestor] :
“Connecting the Internet to any device you might imagine” is the new promise of the tech world, Terry Semel, Yahoo’s chief executive officer, said in a keynote address. “The dynamic has changed. It’s a major paradigm shift.” […]
Nokia Corp., the world’s largest mobile handset manufacturer, has agreed to embed Yahoo’s software on millions of its devices worldwide. In addition, numerous mobile phone companies, including AT&T Corp. and Cingular Wireless in the United States, have agreed to launch the service, Mr. Semel said.
Philipp covered this one too, and has the Yahoo software up for download.
Google on Wednesday said it is investigating a foreign site that is copying the search engine’s trademark insignia and homepage, with the exception of including what appears to be text advertising.
The fake Google page (url: http://www.google.by/) appears to be hosted in the Belarus Republic and includes a link to the real search engine for people looking for an English version, and another link to the company’s “About Google” page.
The fake site is providing ‘real’ search functions, delivering results that appear to be extracted from the original Google and include a mixture of English and a foreign language.
The fake Google copies the Google logo, and even includes the trademark sign. However, in contrast with the real Google, text advertising is included on the homepage.
“This site is not owned, operated or controlled by Google,” the Mountain View, Calif., company said in a statement. “We are aware of this site and our legal counsel is investigating the matter.”
Internet Outsider has a different view on how this entire Google Stock thing is running a bit out of hand. In ten lessons, Henry Blodget points out what the real deal is with GOOG’s number dance.
Sixth, analysts have to put ratings and price targets on stocks–that’s their job. You don’t. You can just say, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” (And when your buddy’s ribbing you about how much money he’s making in Google, you can also, perhaps, console yourself by saying, “And he doesn’t know, either.”)
Seventh, yesterday’s INSANE price objective might seem quite reasonable tomorrow. An analyst who slapped a $500 target on Google 18 months ago at the IPO would have been branded a crackpot. Same for an analyst who in 1982 said that the Dow would rise from 1,000 to 10,000 (or, in 2000, drop from 11,000 to 7,700). So let’s not rush to dismiss as lunatics those who are calling for Dow 2,000 (down 80%), Dow 20,000 (up 80ish%), or Google $600.
Read all ten of these reasons and make up your mind. - Hat tip : [Randy]
SearchEngineWatch informs about a deal between Yahoo and Starwood, the owners of many hotel brands including Sheraton and Westin and “W”, to test Internet lounges in two Sheraton Hotels.
From the press release :
“Yahoo! Link @ Sheraton offers a unique and convenient online experience that enables guests to surf the Internet, email loved ones, review local favorite attractions and even print up boarding passes. Customized features include free Wi-Fi and broadband Internet-enabled lounge installations in Sheraton hotel lobbies and a co-branded, locally-tailored portal website available on computers in the lounge areas and in guestrooms. Also available exclusively for Sheraton guests is a special premium service bundle that includes a 30-day free trial of several of Yahoo!’s most popular services including Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! Mail Plus, Yahoo! All Star Games, Yahoo! Finance Tracker and Yahoo! Briefcase.”
Read more over at [SearchEngineWatch] or go straight to the [press release from Starwood]
Google now has a market capitalization of $139.3 billion, thanks to an excellent week for the stock, passing Warren Buffet’s $137.8 billion Berkshire Hathaway.
From Bloomberg, as reported by Chron:
Google’s share price relative to earnings, book value and sales is the highest among the 19 U.S. companies worth at least $100 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Its market value passed International Business Machines Corp., the world’s largest computer company, on Jan. 4 and Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of equipment to direct Internet traffic, in November. Next would be JPMorgan Chase & Co., which is valued at $141.8 billion.
Of course, Google releases products and hires thousands of people, while Berkshire invests, so it makes sense that they could do in 16 months what took Buffet 40 years.
According to Chicago Business, Google is now partnering with the Chicago Sun-Times to display ads in unsold space in the newspaper.
From Chicago Business :
The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, allows Google to fill what’s known as “remnant space” in the Sun-Times — unsold space where the paper would normally run in-house ads. Google fills those spots with its own ads. The Google connection is hardly trumpeted: “Ads by Google” appears at the top of each box of ads in very small type. […]
On Dec. 12, for instance, Google ads touting ticket brokers, White Sox apparel and Chicago Bears memorabilia ran in the Sports section.
via [Google Blogoscoped]
In his latest alertbox, Nielsen points out two things that are very remarkable. The first one concerns search engines and second one the future of intelligent devices.
“Search engines extract too much of the Web’s value, leaving too little for the websites that actually create the content. Liberation from search dependency is a strategic imperative for both websites and software vendors.”
I’m not quite sure what he means with ‘liberation from search depency’ because I used to think search engines were a tool that could improve your visibility on the web. If I get his point correctly, Nielsen says it would be a strategic imperative for a website or software vendor NOT to be indexed by search engines, aiming for direct hits. In one way he’s right, because once your brand is represented strongly enough, you could become independent from search engines and so internauts would just type in the name of your brand.com or service.com without feeling the need to research it first. Examples could be something like nike.com.
In another way, I don’t think Nielsen is right, because to reach such a status where you no longer need search engines to help drive traffic to your site or have users type in keywords to find you through a search engine, you actually need to be around for a long time already. Breeding awareness takes time and money, and if you can be found with some help (keywords), why would that not be a strategic imperative? Not every software vendor or website has the capacity to force that kind of brand awareness.
Nielsen is right when he says paid/sponsored results are sickening the search industry, making the owners of search engines richer while they sit down and wait for bidders to make higher bids for the same keywords. Indeed, skimming the cash seems easy. But let’s not forget that to run a search engine that is good enough for internauts to rely on, you also need to make massive investments, which would come from a generated income. If everything would be free, what would the search engines survive on? Diversification is an answer, but that’s also shot down by Nielsen, where he claims it takes the search engine away from its core business, offering free services to internauts/consumers. I fail to see the downside in this. Why can’t a company offer free services that aren’t directly related to its core business?
In a utopic view of this situation, you would expect users/internauts to bypass search engines and go directly to the wanted digital address. That would imply all of the consumer knowing all of the brands (websites and software vendors). What did I miss to not see this as a reality?
“In the future, we will see a large number of products that know where they are and what they are being pointed at. One likely development is to build this knowledge into cameras. For example, your camera would know that you are in Paris and shooting the Eiffel Tower, thus automatically tagging the photo with the relevant keywords, making retrieval easier.”
I just think that would be so great. Intelligent digital toys turn me on. I love the idea. It’s just so ‘web 2.0′ it has to become reality soon.
From [Nielsen’s Alertbox] - cross posted on [Marketing Thoughts]
This isn’t a warning, Nathan gave you one before, in your comments. Since you copy almost every item from this blog and many others and reproduce them word for word without linking back, I figure you’ll see this sooner than you read your comments.
Plagiarism is one thing, hiding or bypassing your sources another. You’re guilty of both, making posts look like your own because you keep the first person tone the original author used to express his thoughts. You copy everything, word for word, including images and lay-out. What gives? Are you totally thrown off the earth or what?
Of course, you upload the images yourself, including Philipp’s nice drawings of Nielsen and other authors and screenshots. You upload Steve Rubel’s screenshots, and you upload every image I posted here on Nathan’s blog, from the Lexxe screencap to dohop logo to whatever post you copied, the whole shezam. What? Should I send you flowers for not hotlinking?
But now you’ve done it. You actually copied an entry with a link you shouldn’t have duplicated, because you my friend… you copied text that came from Mister Anti-Blogiarism himself. As you might have read in your latest comment, you’re now dealing with Randy Charles Morin. Too bad for you because he actually knows how to deal with content duplicators like you. Yes, buddy… today we celebrate.
This is the end of your blog as you know it. Flagging you is one thing. Nathan did it, I did it… I think even Philipp did it. I know for sure Randy flagged you and that’s just where it begins. We all know flagging a blog on blogspot doesn’t really work that good, and it certainly doesn’t scare you. But for the readers of this blog, and for good understanding, because you ignored Nathan’s comment about at least giving links back, I’ll copy Randy’s comment right here:
Buddy, you have been reported to FeedBurner, Blogger and Google for blatant plagiarism.
This is your countdown. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Yours sincerely, Miel (Coolz0r)
Readers of InsideGoogle, I apologize but it had to be said.
Visit the content thief and see for yourself if you open up his january archive :
http://ambiraj.blogspot.com/ Link goes back here, you’ll need to copy-paste.
UPDATE : 1.49 AM CET, THREE (3) HOURS AFTER THIS POST, RASJEH’S BLOG WENT 404 !
I’ve decided to start a new series on this blog, which I’m calling Perspectives. I realize that I end a lot of posts with “we’ll see where this goes”, but we never get to see, since I’m not going to repeat the same stuff every day until a conclusion is reached. Blogs tend to be so obsessed with the “now”, that we never pay attention to what’s happened in the past, and we forget things that might be important. So, every day, unless I’m way too busy (or not around), I’ll post about whatever I was discussing a year ago, and, as time goes by, two years ago, and so on.
On January 9, 2005, I was discussing some comments Daniel Brandt made regarding Google Print (now Book Search) and privacy. I said:
First, there is his continued insistence that Google’s use of a single cookie for all its services is a serious privacy issue. Well, it could be, if Google devised a system for linking the cookie to a computer and a person, and decided that it needed to fill up thousands of more computers with the browsing history of every searcher who using Google.
Ha! Forget cookies! How was I to know Google would release Search History, an opt-in program for tracking everything you searched for and clicked on in Google? Now, not only does Google offer it, but I use it proudly, taking advantage of personalized search results, removing spam results and tagging favorite pages (and UPS tracking numbers). Its a great service, and until Google betrays my trust, I proudly tell them to save all my data in return for better features.
I’ll reiterate what I said there: Daniel is the kind of critic we need for issues of such magnitude. We need someone to remind us all of the danger Google could pose were it to go evil, even if I don’t think they are.
This has been “Perspectives”, I’m Lionel Osbourne.