Friday, November 3, 2006

Syndicate your Custom Search Engine

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Google Custom Search: Syndicate your Custom Search Engine



Since we introduced it last week, people have created many thousands of Custom Search Engines (CSEs). We all have our personal favorites (mine is the Costume Search Engine--for the name alone), but it's hard to keep track of urls like http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=005946352831473999820%3Aqdkicbyttxy. It's also tough to help users find and return to the search engine you painstakingly created. So now there are two new gadgets that make Custom Search Engines more easily accessible for your users and yourself.

The first gadget is for fans of your search engine. Help them access it from everywhere -- their Google personalized homepage, their desktops, or from wherever Google Gadgets are syndicated. This gadget is a small and simple search box for your CSE that we hope keeps users coming back to your site.

To help your users find your CSE gadget, add the Add to Google button to your site. You can add it more than once, and it probably makes sense to have one next to your search engine's search box. There are instructions for adding this button in the "Code" tab of your search engine's control panel. Once a user clicks the Add to Google button, they will have easy access to your CSE, and to your site if that's where you display the search results.

Here's what the gadget looks like for the Costume Search Engine:






If you want see how the Add to Google button works before putting one on your site, visit your CSE homepage on the Google Co-op site.

The second gadget helps you access and manage your own CSEs. We're calling it the Custom Search Console. You can add it now to your Google personalized homepage, or look for the Add to Google button at the bottom of your CSE management page.

The console provides an instantly-updated view of all your CSEs, complete with with links to their homepages, control panels, and a dedicated search box all crammed into a tiny-but-usable interface. This screenshot shows my Custom Search Console, including the Pet Rats Custom Search Engine I recently started building.


URL: http://googlecustomsearch.blogspot.com/2006/11/syndicate-your-custom-search-engine.html

Thursday, November 2, 2006

The post-interview interview

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The post-interview interview

After I convinced Chris to star in our little intro video, he couldn't wait to turn the tables on me:

(click here to watch the post-interview interview)

Here are links to some recent interviews:

Also, some of you may have had trouble accessing your Reader account this morning. There was some flakiness at one of our datacenters , but the problem was resolved within an hour. Sorry for the inconvenience -- you can rest assured that we're constantly working to improve our reliability and performance.

URL: http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2006/11/post-interview-interview.html

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Offline messages

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Offline messages

Tired of getting the old "did-not-receive-your-chat" error message every time a friend disconnects while you are writing? If so, you will be pleased to hear that we're making things a little bit better by turning on another top requested feature in Google Talk: offline messages.

As you'd expect, this enables you to send messages to Google Talk friends who are offline. The messages will be delivered to your friends the next time they sign in with Google Talk or a third-party client. And when they sign in to Gmail, offline messages will be displayed as unread messages in their inbox. In Gmail, offline messages can be searched and organized -- just like instant messages in your chat history.

Your Google Talk account needs to have a Gmail inbox with chat history enabled in order to receive offline messages, so make sure to turn it on now!

Jonas Lindberg
Software Engineer

URL: http://googletalk.blogspot.com/2006/11/offline-messages.html

It's all about Custom Search

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Google Custom Search: It's all about Custom Search



Welcome to the Google Custom Search blog. This is where we aim to share our news, along with your ideas and expertise -- whether you are a sole proprietor or part of an organization or business using our new Custom Search tool.

It's been a little more than a couple of months since Google Co-op made its debut, and just over a week since we launched the Custom Search Engine. It's really great to see how tens of thousands of people have already started contributing. The various Subscribed Links and the Custom Search Engines you can now see tell us a community is coming together to enhance the search experience for a growing information-hungry crowd.

We've been listening to your feedback, and we have responded directly to many of your questions via Google Groups (please keep the comments coming). This blog is another way to communicate with you and offer updates on new features and functionality, clarify any confusing bits, and in general keep you up to date on Co-op progress.

Bookmark this blog, or subscribe to the feed, and stay tuned.

URL: http://googlecustomsearch.blogspot.com/2006/11/its-all-about-custom-search.html

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A real treat

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Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog: A real treat



Anyone who has ever helped to launch a new beta product knows that the team obsessively seeks out every article or review, wondering, "Will it be a TRICK or a TREAT?" Happily, we got a big treat last week when PC Magazine gave Google Docs & Spreadsheets 4 out of 5 stars.

The part I love best about that article is that it says we're "bug-free." Wow, a beta product that's bug-free! (That would be a first, wouldn't it?) If you ever run across what you think might be a bug in Google Docs & Spreadsheets, please first check out our searchable Help Group where outstandingly helpful users like Gill and ahab share their opinions and expertise with other folks, including those of us on the product development side. If you don't see the topic of the issue addressed there or in the Help Center, please contact our support team.

URL: http://google-d-s.blogspot.com/2006/10/real-treat.html

Monday, October 30, 2006

[G] Getting the most out of Google Desktop

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Inside Google Desktop: Getting the most out of Google Desktop



When we were designing Google Desktop, we knew that people would use it in different ways. It's been interesting to see just what you're doing with it. Legal Andrew points out that one way to improve your experience is to simply have the right set of gadgets in your Sidebar, so that, for example, the email gadget keeps you from having to switch constantly between Outlook and your other programs. At Lifehacker, Adam Pash points out that you can tweak Google Desktop to get it to do more of what you want. And Ionut Alex. Chitu came up with a list of 10 Great Uses For Google Desktop, including control panel replacement, browser cache, and file recovery.

If you haven't already, make sure to check out our features page to see the full list of what Google Desktop has to offer. Or if you have other ideas, share them with us.

URL: http://googledesktop.blogspot.com/2006/10/getting-most-out-of-google-desktop.html