Saturday, January 24, 2009

[G] Detecting new "Googlebombs"

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Google Public Policy Blog: Detecting new "Googlebombs"

Posted by Matt Cutts, Software Engineer

Though the spirit of change may be in the air in Washington, some things apparently stay the same. Yes, the old online prank called "Googlebombing" returned for a brief while recently, when Google searches for the words words [failure] and [cheerful achievement] returned President Obama's biography as the top result.

You may remember this issue from a few years ago, when the query [miserable failure] led to the biography of President Bush. For some reason, all those links pointing to the Bush bio were redirected to Obama's. Some people have asked in the past whether these results are a sign of political bias on Google's part, and we've explained that this isn't the case.

Rather than edit these prank results by hand, we developed an algorithm a few years ago to detect Googlebombs. We tend not to run it all the time, because it takes some computing power to process our entire web index and because true Googlebombs are quite rare (we joke around the Googleplex that more articles have been written about Googlebombs than there are actual examples of Googlebombs).

After we become aware of this latest Googlebomb, we re-ran our algorithm and it detected the Googlebomb for [cheerful achievement] as well as for [failure]. As a result, those search queries now return discussion about the Googlebombs rather than the original pages that were returned.

Be sure check out search engine analyst Danny Sullivan's post from yesterday. He does a great job explaining the history behind this and how it all works.
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2009/01/detecting-new-googlebombs.html

[G] Valentine's Chefs: A YouTube Challenge

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YouTube Blog: Valentine's Chefs: A YouTube Challenge

Anyone can buy a box of chocolates for their Valentine, but someone who makes something handmade? Now they're a keeper. This Valentine's Day, The Food Network and YouTube want to see all you aspiring pastry chefs shine. Helping us spread the culinary love is "Ace of Cakes" star Duff who is calling all baking Gurus to showcase your most love-inspired treat.









The possibilities are endless here, people. Big cake? Sweet. Cupcake? Nothing wrong there. Cake from a box? Do an impressive job decorating it and we'll still be impressed. The Food Network will scour the entries and feature their favorite video on Food Network's YouTube channel ... and we just might feature it on the YouTube homepage too!




Make a video response by February 10 and show the pros at the Food Network and the sugar addicts at YouTube how to make this Valentine's Day memorable.




Stay Sweet!


Sadia H.


YouTube HowTo & Style
URL: http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=RJqy57fF_fc

Friday, January 23, 2009

[G] 9 Steps to Becoming an Analytics Emperor

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Google Analytics Blog: 9 Steps to Becoming an Analytics Emperor

What kind of analytics user are you? Our Analytics Evangelist, Avinash Kaushik, has created a "Nine-Point Checklist of Analytics Awesomeness" to help you find out. Are you an Emperor or a Newbie?

You'll need to have mastered all 9 of the below to call yourself Emperor. If you're doing less than 3 you're still a Newbie.

9. Get external context to your performance
8. Internal site search baby! Rock it!
7. Search, organic, get good at it
6. Landing pages, landing pages, landing pages
5. Goal, goals, goals (& goal values)
4. Enable deep e-commerce tracking and analysis
3. Your only true analytics BFF: bounce rate
2. Powerfully leverage custom reports
1. Give me segmentation or give me death!

Want to hear more on the above? Check out Avinash's post on Deeper Analysis & Insights for the full story. Worth a good weekend read and could be your ticket to Analytics Emperordom!

Posted by Sebastian Tonkin, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2009/01/9-steps-to-becoming-analytics-emperor.html

[G] How to become a Dummies.com author

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Official Google Blog: How to become a Dummies.com author

I am excited to announce the Knol for Dummies.com competition. I'm particularly excited about this contest because I'm an avid fan of "For Dummies" books and Dummies.com. For instance, as a product marketing manager, I had no experience programming when I first joined Google. And, while coding isn't part of my official job description, it quickly became apparent that knowing some basic CSS/HTML could really go a long way. So, I ordered "CSS Web Design for Dummies" and quickly learned the basics of web design. Now, on the new Dummies.com site, that same expert how-to content is available in video, photo step-by-steps, articles, and author blogs.

Knol is a great place for individuals to share this type of how-to content. (Full disclosure: I am the product's marketing manager :-) Knols are articles written by people who are knowledgeable about specific subjects. Anyone can write one; there are templates to show you how to easily get started. You can embed media to better illustrate a topic, provide information about yourself to build your credibility, and collaborate with others to improve your knol over time.

And now we're offering an opportunity to have your knol featured on Dummies.com.* Simply go to the official contest page, create your own knol about a subject you know well, and the contest judges will select five finalists who will be eligible to have their knols featured on the Dummies.com site. In addition, the best entry overall will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize.

Check out our contest microsite for the Official Rules and more details. Submissions are open through March 23, 2009.

So start racking your brain and show what you know. We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

* Subject to Official Rules, see site for details.


Posted by Matt Ghering, Product Marketing Manager
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-become-dummiescom-author.html

[G] Celebrate The Sundance Film Festival on YouTube

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YouTube Blog: Celebrate The Sundance Film Festival on YouTube

This Sunday marks the end of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, but the celebration will continue on YouTube.



The Sundance Film Festival recently launched a YouTube channel that allows all of you movie enthusiasts to get a glimpse of what took place during the 25th anniversary year of the influential festival.



For those of you interested in the filmmakers behind the films, there's the "Meet the Artists" playlist, featuring interviews with filmmakers from around the world and clips of the films that brought them to Sundance.



If you're looking for coverage on the ground – from premieres to parties and more – you can check out the Live@Sundance segments.



And to hear what some of the film industry's leading thinkers had to say about the state of the business today, check out the HP Presents playlist, featuring full coverage of all the panels that took place at the festival.



So if you didn't get to make it to this year's festival, fear not – we've got you taken care of.



Enjoy,


Sara P.


YouTube Film
URL: http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=y4BAEgn2Eqc

[G] Ads back up on Blogger

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Inside AdSense: Ads back up on Blogger

If you have a Blogger site, some of you may have noticed that your ad units began showing public service announcements (PSAs) in the last nine hours. This was due to a technical issue that we've now identified and resolved. As a result, you should now begin seeing paid ads on your pages again.

If you're still displaying PSAs after 24 hours, we recommend reviewing our Help Center and using our PSA troubleshooter.

Thanks to everyone who helped report this issue, and we appreciate your patience.

Posted by Arlene Lee - Inside AdSense Team
URL: http://adsense.blogspot.com/2009/01/ads-back-up-on-blogger.html

[G] The Pope on YouTube

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Official Google Blog: The Pope on YouTube

(Cross-posted from the YouTube blog)

Today we're delighted to announce that the Vatican has launched a dedicated YouTube channel.

To find out more about why the Pope has taken the decision to interact with YouTube on a regular basis, here is a short introduction from Father Federico Lombardi, S.I., Director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre and the Holy See Press Office.

So, for regular updates on the Pope and the Catholic Church's take on the major problems facing the world today, subscribe to the Vatican on YouTube.

Posted by The YouTube Team
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/pope-on-youtube.html

[G] SADA Systems, Inc. uses Google Sites to create its public website

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: SADA Systems, Inc. uses Google Sites to create its public website


Editor's note: We're pleased to welcome SADA Systems, Inc. to this blog to talk about how they used Google sites to create and maintain their homepage, www.sadasystems.com. SADA is a Google Apps Authorized reseller and – as experts in mail migration, Google Apps integration, and custom development – has served customers including Planet Beach, Kaiser Permanente, LaBrea Bakery, and many others with a variety of IT services.

Isaac Brown, today's guest blogger, works at SADA as a Business Analyst and Content Writer. Isaac makes regular contributions to the company blog, "SADA Speaks," as well as creating content for SADA's web clients.


I'd been working as a Business Analyst with SADA Systems for two years when we made the decision to build our new website with Google Sites. From the day I started with SADA, there was always talk about redesigning our website. We had plenty of reasons: making it easier to update content, re-architecting the website structure, adding functions, and more. Whatever the reason, developing a new website is time-consuming, and to keep up with client projects, SADA's website redesign was pushed back several times.

But our team knew that we really needed to do this, and do it in a way that would let anyone at SADA make updates – even if they had no coding or technical training. SADA had been using Google Sites to collaborate with clients on their projects, including everything from websites to large IT deployments. As we used it, we started to get the idea that it could be used for more than a repository for project documents and notes.

Our first major Google Sites project was the creation of a knowledge base for one of our Google Apps clients. We had already created a similar resource using a popular open-source wiki solution. Using the existing knowledge base, developed in an open-source solution as a template, we migrated information from it into Google Sites. Development of the new knowledge base took about half the time of the original project.

It was then that Tony Safoian (president and CEO of SADA) realized that we could use Google Sites to create our website, and advocated for us to get started. I have to admit we were skeptical at first. Since website development is a core SADA competency, we didn't think anything but traditional coding would get the job done. Our web team thought, "A company who has designers and developers on staff, using Google Sites for our website?" And of course, we had some tradeoffs to figure out:
  • Google Docs allow you to edit CSS, but Google Sites does not
  • Google Sites doesn't accept certain HTML and JavaScript tags
  • Text formatting works differently than with coded design
Also, because some custom functions required building Gadgets, we were a bit unsure. But then we got started. A few "aha!" moments – like discovering how cool Gadgets are – and finding some things that worked especially well helped the project gain momentum. We realized that Google sites delivered:
  • Very fast updates
  • Pre-formatted tools that made tasks like embedding YouTube videos, or creating a table of contents a breeze
  • Quick-formatting page text
The end result is a content-rich website that easily incorporates YouTube videos, integrates Presently slideshows, and collects data with forms created in Google Docs – all of which we developed in less time than it would take to develop a comparable website "by hand." Take a look:

http://www.sadasystems.com home page

The biggest advantage of this new approach is being able to open updates to the website to anyone at SADA. Now that most updates no longer require technical skill, we'll save money and time – and know how to offer similar benefits to our clients.

We feel confident in telling our clients that now that SADA has developed our website in Google Sites we can do the same for them. If their needs specify having:
  • A content-rich website
  • The ability to make their own updates
  • A website developed in a short period of time
...then SADA will suggest that they consider Google Sites, and we'll share our website as a compelling example.

This doesn't mean SADA's custom web development will be going away. We will still provide "hand coded" web development to clients who need a heavily customized or demanding website, but from our experience working with Google Sites I feel comfortable in saying that SADA can use it as a unique and powerful tool to develop websites in the cloud.

About SADA Systems, Inc.: SADA Systems, Inc. is a privately held information technology consulting, outsourcing, and development firm founded in 2000. SADA works with its client base to develop innovative technology solutions to business challenges. SADA designs, delivers, deploys and supports a holistic, cutting-edge suite of best-of-breed technologies. This allows organizations to leverage Information Technology to achieve new levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and collaboration. SADA is headquartered in North Hollywood, CA, but participates in projects world-wide. For more information, visit http://www.sadasystems.com.

Posted by Serena Satyasai, Google Apps Team
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/01/guest-post-sada-systems-inc-uses-google.html

[G] The Pope on YouTube

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YouTube Blog: The Pope on YouTube

Today we're delighted to announce that the Vatican has launched a dedicated YouTube channel.


To find out more about why The Pope has taken the decision to interact with YouTube on a regular basis, here is a short introduction from Father Federico Lombardi, S.I., Director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre and the Holy See Press Office.


So, for regular updates on The Pope and the Catholic Church's take on the major problems facing the world today, subscribe to the Vatican on YouTube.


Yours,

The YouTube Team
URL: http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=f1o091p3dk0

Thursday, January 22, 2009

[G] New Video: See what people are searching for on your site and act on it!

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Google Analytics Blog: New Video: See what people are searching for on your site and act on it!

Adding a search box to your site not only offers your visitors an important ease-of-use feature, but provides you, the site owner, with powerful insight into what your visitors really expect from your site. If you don't have a search box on your site, you might consider using the Google Custom Search Engine (both free and paid versions are available). If you already have a search box, make sure that you're tracking visitor search activity.

We want to show you the many ways to take immediate action on the data in this report, so we've added a video on tracking internal Site Search to our "Google Analytics in 60 Seconds" series. You can view the video below and learn more about how to make effective use of the internal Site Search information in this article, Five Questions to Ask of Your Site Search Data.



Posted by Melissa Hsieh, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-video-see-what-people-are-searching.html

[G] Test drive the new Transit site

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Google LatLong: Test drive the new Transit site


Our team has been on a roll adding more and more transit agencies to Google Maps, so we thought it was about time we update our landing page too. Now when you visit maps.google.com/transit, you'll find a heatmap representation with pins that indicate where we can offer you full schedule routing. Just try it out and zoom into your region and gradually discover more information about the local Transit coverage! The site also lists some of our most recent additions, tells you how to get transit directions on your mobile phone, and provides information on how agencies can join. 

We hope the new page helps you to even better understand in which regions we can offer you public transportation in cooperation with the local public transportation agency. Of course, we still show "Public Transit" as an alternative to driving directions when we have a local partnership, so even those who don't visit this new site can still discover the public transit options that are available to them. And don't forget about the new Transit Layer, which visually shows transit routes in more than 50 cities around the world; we're working to make the Transit Layer a part of this new site as well. 

Posted by Raphael Leiteritz , Product Manager
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/test-drive-new-transit-site.html

[G] Google Analytics and AdWords: Better Together

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Inside AdWords: Google Analytics and AdWords: Better Together

Regardless of the year or economic climate, it's always been important to optimize the return on your advertising investment--but now it's more important than ever. Google Analytics specializes in providing you with the metrics you need to make informed advertising decisions.

By linking your Google AdWords and Analytics accounts, you can optimize your AdWords investment even more effectively with increased trackability and customized reporting. Check out this short video and learn more about the benefits of linking your accounts.


To learn more about advertising more effectively with Analytics you can watch the "Google Analytics in 60 Seconds" videos - a series of videos that illustrate simple tips such as how to optimize keywords and how to use placement targeting.

Posted by Cynthia Benin, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2009/01/google-analytics-and-adwords-better.html

[G] New Google Base Help Forum

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Official Google Base Blog: New Google Base Help Forum

Greetings and Happy New Year to all of our Google Base users! As you may know, we've recently launched the new Google Base Help Forum. While our previous group served as a resource for you to ask questions, find answers, and share your expertise with other users, it's our hope that the new forum will help you do all of that and much, much more.

We've developed many new and exciting features which we think will make it easier and quicker for you to find the answers that you're looking for (and maybe even have some fun while doing it.) Some of the things you're able to do in this new system include:
  • give special recognition to helpful forum members (they''ll be marked as "Top Contributors")
  • mark questions as "answered"
  • enhance your user profile; even upload a photo which will appear next to your name.


If you'd like to learn more about Google's new Help Forums or watch an instructional video, please visit the Official Google Blog.

As a new year of shopping gets under way, we hope you'll come by and check out the new and improved Google Base Help Forum. Happy posting!

Posted by Janna Salinas, Google Base Support
URL: http://googlebase.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-google-base-help-forum.html

[G] Announcing Google's Employee Option Exchange Program

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Official Google Blog: Announcing Google's Employee Option Exchange Program

Today we announced our plans to do something more for the people who are responsible for Google's success — our employees. Recognizing that about 85% of our employees have at least some stock options that are underwater (i.e., have an exercise price higher than the current market price of our common stock), we plan to offer our employees the opportunity to exchange those options. Our goal is to continue to reward our employees for their contributions and do everything we can to keep them engaged and focused on serving our users.

Here's how the employee option exchange program would work:
  • This will be a one-for-one, voluntary exchange. Employees will be able to exchange part or all of an existing option grant for the same number of new options.
  • The offer period will begin on January 29, 2009 and end at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 3, 2009, unless Google is required or opts to extend the offer period.
  • Based on this expected timeline, employees will be able to exchange their underwater options for new options with a strike price equal to the closing price of our stock on March 2, 2009.
  • The new options will have a new vesting schedule that adds 12 months to the original vesting schedule. In addition, new options will vest no sooner than 6 months after the close of the offer period.
  • Generally, all Googlers with options are eligible to participate (Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page do not hold options) except where precluded by legal and tax issues in certain countries. We are working to address these issues and the final offer documentation will specify any countries in which we are not able to offer the program.
  • This option exchange program has been approved by our Board of Directors.
The number of Google shares subject to outstanding options will not change as a result of this employee-only option exchange. The total number of options expected to be exchanged in this program represents less than 3% of total shares currently outstanding.

We expect to take a modification charge estimated to be $460 million over the vesting periods of the new options. These vesting periods range from six months to approximately five years. This modification charge will be recorded as additional stock based compensation beginning in the first quarter of 2009. This estimate assumes an exchange price of approximately $300 per share and that all eligible underwater options will be exchanged under this program. As a result, this estimate is subject to change.

If you're interested in learning more about this employee-only stock option exchange, we encourage you to read our related SEC filings when they become available.

The option exchange described in this post has not launched. When the option exchange begins, Google will provide employees with written materials explaining the terms and timing. Eligible optionholders should read these materials carefully when they become available because they will contain important information about the option exchange. When the offer period begins, Google will file these materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of a tender offer statement. You will be able to obtain these written materials and other documents filed by Google with the SEC free of charge from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The $300 exchange price provided above is intended as an example only. We expect that the actual modification charge we take as a result of the option exchange will be determined based on the exercise price and number of options exchanged as well as the closing price of our stock on March 2, 2009, unless Google is required or opts to extend the offer period.

Posted by Laszlo Bock, VP, People Operations
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/announcing-googles-employee-option.html

[G] EarthSurfer code available

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Google LatLong: EarthSurfer code available


We recently previewed EarthSurfer, an application written by engineer David Oster that allows you to "surf" any region on the Earth's surface using a Nintendo Wii Balance Board and the Google Earth API.  As promised, I wanted to let you know that the EarthSurfer open source code is now available for download.

We are always excited to see clever ways to interact with Google Earth.  The 
DFKI research lab in Germany developed a similar way to interact with Google Earth using a Wii Balance Board while others have experimented with a steering board, Wiimote, floor pads, a multi-touch monitor, and a vector pad. Check them out!

Posted by Jason Toff, Associate Product Marketing Manger
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/earthsurfer-code-available.html

[G] Surf the Earth

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Google Open Source Blog: Surf the Earth

By David Oster, Mac Engineering Team

For those of you not following the Google Mac Blog, you may be interested to check out one of our newest releases, Earth Surfer. The code for Earth Surfer, an application that allows you to use a Nintendo Wii Balance Board to travel over Google Earth in a milk truck, is based on Thatcher Ulrich's terrific Open Source Javascript Monster Milktruck demo, and runs in a webpage.

We always look forward to your feedback, so check out the code and send us your comments in our discussion group.
URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/01/surf-earth.html

[G] Valentines Day 09 – Use AdWords to Shape your Marketing Strategy

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AdWords Retail Tips: Valentines Day 09 – Use AdWords to Shape your Marketing Strategy



Tips for maximising on Valentine’s day traffic



· Target key age and gender demographics with unique Valentine’s Day ad texts, keywords & landing pages



· Launch your campaigns early to meet increased search traffic by mid-January and don’t forget the last minute shoppers.



· Add both branded & non-branded keywords.



· Use Google insights for search to investigate your own product categories to see what searchers are interested in



· Expand keyword lists using the Search-Based Keyword Tool



· Use the Google Content Network to reach your target demographic and complement your search campaigns



· Consider placing your Content ads on complementary sites; remember to target gifts for women on men’s sites and vice versa



· Use Display Ad Builder to easily create image ads



· Set appropriate CPCs and competitive budgets to anticipate increased traffic





Posted by Arlene Helbert - AdWords Optimisation Specialist

URL: http://adwordsretail.blogspot.com/2009/01/valentines-day-09-use-adwords-to-shape.html

[G] Back to the energy future

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Google Public Policy Blog: Back to the energy future

Posted by Alice Ryan, Green Energy Project Manager

(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar hot water panels on the roof of the White House. Recently a Googler from our Washington D.C. office asked the question, "What ever happened to the Carter panels?" After a little digging, we were able to track down the original panels to Unity College, an environmental college in Maine, and bring one of them back to Washington D.C.

So what ever happened to the panels? It turns out that during President Reagan's administration the solar hot water panels were removed from the White House in 1986 and placed in storage. In 1992, Unity College located the panels and transferred them from a General Services Administration warehouse to their campus in Maine. After restoration,16 panels provided their cafeteria with hot water for the next 12 years. In cooperation with Unity College, Google was able to bring one of these panels down to our Washington DC office for display throughout the next year.

At the panels' dedication in 1979, Jimmy Carter stated:

"This dependence on foreign sources of oil is of great concern to all of us. In the year 2000, this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people." (To watch video of the dedication, check out this trailer for a movie about the panels).

As we welcome our new U.S. president to office this week, we wanted to share this piece of this history with you. Google is committed to a clean energy future and we hope that you will join us in supporting the creation and adoption of renewable energy technology — what could still be one of the greatest and most exciting adventures for all of us.

Check out these photos of the panels at Unity College and at Google's Washington DC office.

URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2009/01/back-to-energy-future.html

[G] Israeli Citizens Ask Questions of Prime Minister Candidates

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YouTube Blog: Israeli Citizens Ask Questions of Prime Minister Candidates

YouTube's influence in politics hasn't been just an American phenomenon. Around the world, voters have been using YouTube to speak up on political issues. We've done televised election programming in Spain (youtube.com/elecciones08), the UK (youtube.com/londonmayor08), not to mention Greece and Poland. And now, for the first time in the history of Israel, the public has had the opportunity to submit questions directly to the candidates for Prime Minister - which will be aired in live public forums on Channel 2 news, Israel's most popular news channel. So far, over 250 video questions have been submitted.




Here are a few examples:











Now, Israeli citizens get to help determine which quesitons get asked of the three candidates, Tsipi Livni, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Go to http://www.YouTube.co.il/Elections09 to vote on the questions you think are best.




At the end of this week, the winning questions will be announced and would later on be broadcast live on channel 2 News and answered by the candidates. Furthermore, the winners will be invited to the studios to actually attend the candidates' interviews.




Naturally, the current events in Israel have brought the public to a new level of awareness and involvement over who will lead the country during this difficult time. We encourage you to go and vote for questions at http://www.YouTube.co.il/Elections09




Yours,

The YouTube Team
URL: http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=WfWHmpmbHqM

[G] Watch videos right in Gmail chat

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Official Gmail Blog: Watch videos right in Gmail chat

Posted by Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, Software Engineer

My friends always hate it when I multi-task in other tabs while chatting with them (they can tell because of my obviously delayed reactions...). But sometimes it's not my fault: if they send me a link to a YouTube video, I have to open another tab in order to watch it. To help with this, we've just added a new feature to Gmail chat: YouTube and Google Video previews. If you receive (or send) a link to a video in a chat message, you'll see a preview of the video right in your chat window.



Click the preview, and the video will play right there. Just remember to say something every once in a while or your friends will probably catch on that you're enjoying the dramatic chipmunk more than their conversation...
URL: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/watch-videos-right-in-gmail-chat.html

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

[G] Back to the energy future

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Official Google Blog: Back to the energy future

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar hot water panels on the roof of the White House. Recently a Googler from our Washington D.C. office asked the question, "What ever happened to the Carter panels?" After a little digging, we were able to track down the original panels to Unity College, an environmental college in Maine, and bring one of them back to Washington D.C.

So what ever happened to the panels? It turns out that during President Reagan's administration the solar hot water panels were removed from the White House in 1986 and placed in storage. In 1992, Unity College located the panels and transferred them from a General Services Administration warehouse to their campus in Maine. After restoration,16 panels provided their cafeteria with hot water for the next 12 years. In cooperation with Unity College, Google was able to bring one of these panels down to our Washington DC office for display throughout the next year.

At the panels' dedication in 1979, Jimmy Carter stated:

"This dependence on foreign sources of oil is of great concern to all of us. In the year 2000, this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people." (To watch video of the dedication, check out this trailer for a movie about the panels).

As we welcome our new U.S. president to office this week, we wanted to share this piece of this history with you. Google is committed to a clean energy future and we hope that you will join us in supporting the creation and adoption of renewable energy technology — what could still be one of the greatest and most exciting adventures for all of us.

Check out these photos of the panels at Unity College and at Google's Washington DC office.



Posted by Alice Ryan, Green Energy Project Manager
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/back-to-energy-future.html

[G] Do more with less -- Part 1 of 3

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Inside AdWords: Do more with less -- Part 1 of 3

As you're starting your advertising for a new year, we'd like to share some strategies that can help you refocus your campaigns for the current economy. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll show you some different AdWords tools and features that can help you make the most of your marketing dollars. You can also visit www.google.com/domorewithless to find a list of Google resources that can help you achieve your advertising goals -- even in a downturn. This week we'll focus on how you can get more conversions (sales, form fills, account sign-ups, etc.) from your website.

When the economy's down, it's more important than ever to make the most of your paid search traffic. One way to increase your sales without increasing your budget is to convert a higher percentage of visitors to your website. That way you can pay for the same number of clicks, but have a higher percentage of them turn into customers. So, how can you do this?

This is where Website Optimizer can help. Website Optimizer is a free tool from Google that allows you to compare multiple versions of a webpage and statistically determine which version performs the best. For example: you can create two different landing pages, one with four small pictures versus a page with one large picture, and scientifically determine which design has the highest conversion rate. Sometimes small changes, like changing the size of an image or the wording of a special promotion, can improve conversion rates by 10, 20, or even 50%. And, since Website Optimizer uses actual visitor data, it can take the guesswork out of site improvement and give you confidence that you're improving your conversion rate.

Website Optimizer is very easy to implement and only involves inserting a small bit of Javascript code into your webpage and variations. If you are not sure what to test, start with these guidelines:

  1. Simplify your page: try creating a variation that has less text, fewer input boxes, or a shorter header.

  2. Move your call-to-action to a more prominent location: try creating a variation where the button you want your visitors to click is in a different location (at the top of the screen? more centered?).

  3. Change the color of your call-to-action button: try creating a variation where your Submit/Buy button is a higher contrast color (like a bright red or green).

  4. Change your promotional text: try creating a variation that emphasizes a different promotion to see if it affects sales (10% off versus free shipping).

  5. Change the number of options the visitors see: try creating a variation with fewer product categories or fewer links to see if visitors have an easier time navigating the page.

For more ideas on what to test, check out Website Workout videos and learn how four companies improved their conversion rates using Website Optimizer. Also, if you're a testing and optimization pro, you'll be happy to hear Website Optimizer allows you to perform both A/B tests and multivariate tests on your webpage for free.

Check out the Website Optimizer page to learn more about the tool and how you can set it up for your website. Next week we'll talk about how you can get more conversions from your current campaigns.

Posted by Amanda Kelly, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2009/01/do-more-with-less-part-1-of-3.html

[G] Tracking Google Sites with Analytics

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Google Analytics Blog: Tracking Google Sites with Analytics

It only makes sense that Analytics should be able to track sites created by another Google product, Google Sites. Google Sites is an easy-to-use online application to make team websites. Multiple users can collaborate on editing the site at once online, and it's all hosted by Google for free.

Installing the tracking code for your Google Sites website requires just a few simple steps. After creating a new account and profile for your website within Analytics, another JavaScript code snippet will be generated with a new tracking ID for your site (the tracking ID from within the code snippet is always in this format: UA-XXXXXXX-XX). You can just paste the new tracking ID into your Google Sites settings page under Other Stuff > Statistics.



Once you set up Analytics for your Google Site website, you'll have to remember to apply the code to all the existing and future pages for your website. For full instructions on configuring your site with Analytics, please follow these instructions.

Posted by Christina Park, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2009/01/tracking-google-sites-with-analytics.html

[G] Plan a trip to NYC with help from Google

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Google LatLong: Plan a trip to NYC with help from Google


On the Official Google Blog you can read New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's words about an exciting partnership between NYC and Google.  The partnership is one of the most ambitious projects to leverage our APIs for Google Maps and Google Earth, and it delights us that we've helped New York City develop such a useful and compelling way to explore the city.

New York City's new website -- nycgo.com -- helps you find hotels, restaurants, and things to do in New York.  Most web pages embed Google Maps that can be expanded to see placemarks on a map.  The site also uses KML layers to include a set of featured maps that suggest restaurants and bars, discounts, and various kinds of tours.  Each placemark on a map can be clicked on and then sent to a phone so that you can get directions using Google Maps for mobile.

The brand new Official NYC Information Center at 810 7th Avenue is a remarkable experience for those looking to learn more about New York City.  It's one of the most exciting real-world implementations of our Maps and Earth APIs that I have ever seen. When you walk into the Information Center, you pick up a puck that you then place on an interactive map table.  Up pops a wheel that lets you select restaurants, attractions, Broadway shows, and more.  You save places to the puck and then walk to the back of the hall, where you set the puck back down at a station.  A gigantic video wall then shows you a Google Earth tour of the places you saved to the puck.  The 3D model of New York City looks amazing!
 
Check out nycgo.com and the Official NYC Information Center in this video:
 


Posted by Ryan Pollock, Product Marketing Manager
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/plan-trip-to-nyc-with-help-from-google.html

[G] Open Sourcing Google Desktop Gadgets

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Google Open Source Blog: Open Sourcing Google Desktop Gadgets

By James Yum, Developer Programs Team

The Google Desktop team has been steadily releasing our Desktop gadget (widget) creations as Open Source for the past few years. If you check out this list, you can see most of the official Google created gadgets are actively maintained by the Google Desktop developer community. We had many good reasons for opening this code for the community:

  • Source code can be a valuable learning tool. The gadgets not only show you how to develop Desktop gadgets, integrate with Google APIs, but also provide other tidbits of knowledge such as how to calculate phases of the moon or StarDates.

  • The images and graphics are also Open Sourced. Being an engineer, I know how frustrating it is to work hard on an application only to have it dismissed because of hand-drawn stick figures and shapes. We hope people can take advantage of our graphic designers' talents. If you're a fan of clocks, I have something right up your alley.

  • We get warm fuzzy feelings by simply supporting the cause. It fosters a spirit of openness and collaboration between the team and developer community.


To summarize, I'd encourage community members to consider opening your projects, even smaller ones. These fancy search engines nowadays are quite good about picking up code, and your algorithms and graphics can help someone in need.

In the past few weeks, we released some pretty cool gadgets for YouTube, Calendar and Google Docs. While developing these gadgets, we tried something different and almost exclusively used Project Hosting on Google Code rather than internal Google repositories, as our goal from the outset was to open this code base to all who might benefit from it.



Our experience has been great. We had to work closely with the Google Gadgets for Linux team, who typically work entirely in public Subversion repositories; using Project Hosting on Google Code helped us better integrate with their development process. We also asked expert users of Google products to consult with us on usability and design concerns. It was a great pleasure to add them as full-fledged project members during the development phase instead of waiting for this feedback post launch. We also worked with many contributors who are not Google employees, who helped provide development and graphic resources. These were the most enjoyable projects I've been a part of during my time at Google, primarily because of the cooperative atmosphere among many different people and teams.
URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/01/open-sourcing-google-desktop-gadgets.html

[G] Watch it on YouTube, then Click-to-Buy

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YouTube Blog: Watch it on YouTube, then Click-to-Buy

We're happy when we can help YouTube users enjoy the content they love, and we're happy when we can help our partners build their businesses online – but we're happiest when we can do both.


That's why last year we launched our eCommerce platform for YouTube, which allows users to easily "click-to-buy" products -- like songs and movies -- related to the content they're watching on the site. The past few months have demonstrated that great content on YouTube leads to increased sales. For example, when Monty Python launched their channel in November, not only did their YouTube videos shoot to the top of the most viewed lists, but their DVDs also quickly climbed to No. 2 on Amazon's Movies & TV bestsellers list, with increased sales of 23,000 percent.


Today we're expanding the program beyond the US and the UK. Links to songs from the iTunes Store will now appear in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, so users from those countries who are drawn to a particular song can easily purchase it. And it's not limited to tracks on videos uploaded directly by our partners – partners can add these links to videos uploaded by users by using our our Content ID tools to claim videos that match their content.


We're also expanding and improving the ways in which these links are displayed. You may start to see click-to-buy links appearing as semi-transparent overlays that appear in the bottom of the video for a short period of time. This increased visibility should help even more people take advantage of this program.


As we said when we first launched click-to-buy links, this is just the beginning – over time, we're aiming to open up the program to cover many types of content beyond music. We've already experimented with links to purchase DVDs and video games, and we intend to experiment with links to additional types of products soon.


Happy shopping,

The YouTube Team
URL: http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=n-q9Enl2O2Y

[G] Designing the search you've been looking for

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Designing the search you've been looking for

Search is at the heart of Google - that's why it's at the heart of our homepage.

When you set up Google Site Search on your website, you have the flexibility to plug in a search box however and wherever you want. Whether you opt to put search in the middle of your homepage, in a corner, or off to the side, it's important that you do what works for you - but there are so many possibilities!

To help guide your decisions, here are a few design tips based on our experience and conversations with customers:
  1. Make your search box easy to find. People don't like to have to search for search! Show pride in your search and put it front and center - or at the very least, make sure it's immediately visible when visitors arrive at your site. Check out retrospect.com for a great example.
  2. Make sure search is always available. The sun should never set on your search box. As visitors navigate across your site, your search box should be accessible at all times. This will ensure visitors can explore all that your site has to offer, and instantly seek out the pages they need.
  3. Customize the appearance of search to fit your site. Think of your search box as the ambassador of all the pages beyond your homepage. You want to greet visitors with a search box that shares the same design principles and colors they'll encounter throughout your site - it doesn't have to look just like Google!
  4. Experiment. For many, it makes sense to keep it simple: one box, one search button. If you have distinct categories of information, though, it may be worthwhile to try adding buttons to help visitors narrow their searches right from the get-go. You may even want to add your own "I'm feeling lucky" button.
  5. Be open to feedback. It's important to do what's right by your users. As you design and position your search box, it can never hurt to ask for thoughts. Use this as an opportunity to ask for user feedback generally about your site. One other piece of advice: keep it fun! Offer a t-shirt, or a search trophy - you can even use a Google Spreadsheet Form to make collecting feedback quick and easy.
  6. Learn what users are looking for. Though we are relentless in our pursuit of a perfect search, we realize there's a lot to gain from user feedback and interaction. Often if a user doesn't immediately find what they're looking for, it has to do with the particular keywords they're using, and how these words relate to your site. To help get users where they're going, it's always good to provide a 'Didn't find what you were looking for?' link at the bottom of your search results to allow your site visitors to contact you. Additionally, Google Analytics can help you track what users are searching for at a macro-level, and what they are and aren't finding in the process.
  7. Let visitors know who's got your back. It's entirely up to you, but we've heard that if you add a "Powered by Google" logo next to your search bar, visitors are more likely to use search to find what they're looking for.
Hungry for more? Check out this great article from Smashing Magazine, which walks step-by-step through a variety of design options when implementing search on your website.

We'd love to get your feedback, more tips, or notes on what's worked. Let us know.



Posted by Nicholas Weininger, Software Engineer
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/01/designing-search-youve-been-looking-for.html

[G] The Calendar gadget

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Inside Google Desktop: The Calendar gadget

We hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed exchanging gifts with loved ones. The lucky ones among us may have been bestowed a 2009 wall calendar for the new year.

If not, don't feel bad — you can always use the brand new Calendar gadget to keep track of your Google Calendar events. This new gadget works on the Linux, Windows, and Mac versions of Desktop gadgets, and it supports all Google Accounts, including Google Apps accounts. Check out the official announcement on the Gmail blog.

The Calendar gadget doesn't come with scenic shots of exotic locations, but it does have a day view mode so you can see what day it is at a glance.



Please try it out and let us know what you think.

Happy new year from the Google Desktop team!

Posted by James Yum, Developer Programs Engineer
URL: http://googledesktop.blogspot.com/2009/01/calendar-gadget.html

[G] Navigate New York City with Google Maps for mobile

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Official Google Mobile Blog: Navigate New York City with Google Maps for mobile

New York City Mayor Bloomberg just announced on the Official Google Blog that the city has partnered with Google to create www.nycgo.com and a brand new Official NYC Information Center, located at 810 7th Avenue. On the mobile team, we're particularly excited by how New York City is helping visitors navigate the city by integrating Google Maps for mobile into the experience.

It's easy to plan a trip at home and then use your phone to navigate the city. You can browse www.nycgo.com to find a hotel, restaurants, and things to do in New York. Most web pages embed Google Maps, and using a nifty "send to phone" feature, you can send locations to your phone via text message. Later on, when you're out and about in the city, click the link in the text message to view a map, get directions, and see Street View. Don't forget that you can now get New York City subway routes on your iPhone, BlackBerry, or other smartphone!

Check out the video below to see how things work:


Next time you're out and about in New York City, use Google Maps for mobile to search for places and get directions. If you don't already have Google Maps on your phone, download it by visiting google.com/gmm on your cell phone's browser.

Posted by Ryan Pollock, Product Marketing Manager
URL: http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2009/01/navigate-new-york-city-with-google-maps.html

[G] Explore New York City with Google -- from your home, phone, and in person

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Official Google Blog: Explore New York City with Google -- from your home, phone, and in person

Posted by Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

[From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest, and are very pleased to have Mayor Bloomberg join us here. – Ed.]

This is New York City: the ultimate destination and home to world-class hotels, dining, shopping, arts, entertainment and more.

In partnership with Google, we are launching a new website and Information Center to help make it easier for both visitors and residents to explore all the energy, excitement and diversity of New York City's five boroughs. nycgo.com is the official resource on the web for all there is to see, do and experience in the City. This dynamic site uses Google Maps to help you plan your New York experience and find hotels, restaurants and entertainment, in addition to exclusive citywide savings and promotions. With nycgo.com you can use Google Maps to get directions to attractions throughout the City, and even send the info to your phone with Google Maps for mobile.

While you're in New York, stop by the brand new Official New York City Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets. The Information Center features interactive map tables, powered by the Google Maps API for Flash, that let you navigate venues and attractions as well as create personalized itineraries, which can be printed, emailed or sent to mobile devices. Additionally, there's a gigantic video wall that utilizes Google Earth to display a 3D model of New York City on which you can map out personalized itineraries.

So whether you are a visitor or a resident, we invite you to explore New York City from your home computer, your mobile phone—and of course, in person.

Get started by taking a look at this video:

URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/explore-new-york-city-with-google-from.html

[G] Search findings from the U.S. presidential inauguration

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Official Google Blog: Search findings from the U.S. presidential inauguration

Today, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. As we observed throughout the presidential campaign, many people in the U.S. turned to Google Search to find information. During the inauguration, top queries included live inauguration coverage, inauguration day 2009 streaming, listen to inauguration live, and many others.

However, interest in the inauguration was not only confined to the United States. Twelve percent of inauguration-related queries came from outside the United States as thousands worldwide used Google to find ways to watch the event. From Latin America, we received queries like toma de posesion de Barack Obama en vivo (inauguration of Barack Obama live -- Spanish) and posse de Obama (inauguration of Obama -- Portuguese). Similarly in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, people interested in the inauguration searched for amtseinführung (inauguration -- German), inauguratie (inauguration -- Dutch), investidura (inauguration -- Spanish), ברק אובמה (Barack introduction -- Hebrew), اوباما (Obama -- Arabic), and investiture (inauguration -- French). And even though it was very early in their day, users in Asia and Australia were still interested in watching the festivities, with queries like 奥巴马就职典礼直播 (Obama inauguration broadcast -- Chinese) and inauguration timetable.

While President Obama was certainly the central player in today's events, searchers were also interested in the other people who took part in the ceremony. In particular, people wanted more information on the religious leaders who spoke: Dr. Rick Warren, who gave the invocation, and Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, who gave the benediction. Additionally, there was a lot of interest in some of the artists who performed: Aretha Franklin, Elizabeth Alexander, and Yo-Yo Ma. They also sought to know more about Senator Dianne Feinstein, who presided over the ceremony as chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who swore in President Obama. (Click on the images to see a larger version.)


During the last nine years, the growth of the Internet has changed the way the world seeks information. From President Bush's first inaugural address in 2001 to his second in 2005, the number of inauguration-related searches increased by more than a factor of ten. From 2005 to today's address, the number grew even more. Few of the 2001 queries requested "video," and none requested streaming. By 2005, a few queries such as inauguration audio and streaming video of inauguration appeared. Today, technology has become so prevalant that queries such as YouTube live inauguration, live blogging inauguration, inaugural podcast, and Obama inaugural speech mp3 formed one-third of all inauguration-related queries.

Finally, this graph demonstrates one other interesting search pattern that we saw: the overall query volume of Google searches dropped in the U.S. from the time President Obama took the oath of office until the end of his inaugural speech, demonstrating that all eyes were on today's festivities.


Posted by Jeffrey Oldham, Software Engineer, and Fred Leach, Quantitative Marketing Manager
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/search-findings-from-us-presidential.html

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

[G] Smart Thumbnails on YouTube

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Official Google Research Blog: Smart Thumbnails on YouTube

Posted by Tomáš Ižo (Software Engineer) and Jay Yagnik (Head of Computer Vision Research)

One of our favorite aspects of Google web search are the informative snippets that appear with each search result.  The more relevant they are, the quicker we can find what we're looking for.  As members of the computer vision team, we're pleased to say that we now apply a similar philosophy to choosing thumbnails for videos on YouTube.  After all, the thumbnail is the first visual piece of information our users get when searching or browsing YouTube videos.  As we recently announced in a post on the YouTube Blog, our previous system of choosing thumbnails from the 25, 50 and 75% marks in the video, which often led to arbitrary, uninformative or sometimes even misleading images, is now a thing of the past.  When a new video comes to YouTube, we now analyze it with an algorithm whose aim is to pick a set of images that are visually representative of the content of the video.  As with the ground-breaking video identification tools that we launched on YouTube last year, this system is another example of how looking inside the video can lead to a safer, more relevant experience for our users.  

Launching a computer vision algorithm on YouTube comes with a unique set of challenges, many of which have to do with the incredible diversity of the content and the awe-inspiring rate at which it pours into our servers: each minute YouTube receives as much as 13 hours of video content in a wide variety of genres, styles, formats and resolutions.  Of course, even with some of the technical challenges aside, our work is far from finished.  We'll keep on studying how our users interact with thumbnails and, more generally, with video content on the web, and we'll continue thinking of innovative ways to use computer vision and machine learning to improve the experience.
URL: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2009/01/smart-thumbnails-on-youtube.html

[G] Satellite image of DC on Inauguration Day

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Google LatLong: Satellite image of DC on Inauguration Day


We just received a spectacular overhead shot of the National Mall during the Inauguration from our satellite imagery partner GeoEye.  This gorgeous satellite view of the ceremony was taken at  11:19am (Eastern) by the GeoEye-1 satellite as it passed overhead. To see this amazing image download this KML and open it up in Google Earth -- here is a preview of what you'll see:

A big thanks to GeoEye for capturing this momentous event! 

Posted by Jacob Schonberg, Associate Product Manager
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/satellite-image-of-dc-on-inauguration.html

[G] The importance of knowing where your visitors are coming from + Las Vegas seminar

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Official Google Website Optimizer Blog: The importance of knowing where your visitors are coming from + Las Vegas seminar

Last week I had the opportunity to speak about Website Optimizer at the Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas. Needless to say, it was a great time.

While at the Las Vegas airport, an ad caught my eye:


The ad shows off the many amazing (have you seen Love?!) Cirque du Soleil shows happening in Vegas. What's the purpose of this ad? To get you to call for reservations. But do you see what might be missing? This ad is in the airport, targeting tourists, yet the phone number doesn't include the area code (702). A potential customer who sees this ad can't immediately take action, and that's a problem. If Cirque wants to get the most out of these ads, they'll want to include the area code to make it easier for Vegas' visitors to convert.

Whether working with your ads or with your website, you need to take into account where your visitors are coming from if you want them to convert. Keep this in mind when you're testing new content on your site.

Website Optimizer Seminars for Success in Las Vegas
All this talk about Cirque du Soleil have you yearning for a trip to Vegas? You're in luck. There's a Website Optimizer Seminar for Success there this Friday, January 23rd. Spend a whole day with one of our Authorized Consultants learning how to increase your site's conversion rate, then enjoy the weekend in Sin City. Spots are almost filled, so you should register soon.

And if Vegas isn't your thing, we'll also be holding seminars on February 11th in San Jose, California and on March 20th in Austin, Texas.

Posted by Trevor Claiborne, Website Optimizer team
URL: http://websiteoptimizer.blogspot.com/2009/01/importance-of-knowing-where-your.html

[G] CSS Selector Shell Released

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Google Open Source Blog: CSS Selector Shell Released

By Lindsey Simon, Google User Experience Team

Most web developers have felt the pain of discovering or remembering ways in which different browsers interpret and/or render their Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Our newly released CSS Selector Shell is a simple Javascript tool for testing how a given browser parses CSS text by inserting a style element into the document and then reading the cssText back programmatically. You can already check out the CSS Selector Shell code base in action on Google AppEngine.

So far this tool has proven quite useful by showing what happens when developers try to make use of CSS selector syntax that may not be supported in a particular browser. Specifically, it can show how and perhaps why a particular CSS hack works in some browsers and how it is ignored in others. It can also demonstrate the potential for harm when using unsupported CSS syntax in some browsers. For instance, when testing a combined selector ".class1.class2" in Internet Explorer 6, it becomes active as ".class2", which may not at all be the goal of the CSS author. Another detail the CSS Selector Shell demonstrates is that shorthand property/values sometimes expand much further than you may have suspected. On the test page itself, there are two visible test elements that you can use to target and experiment. The code itself makes use of the Dojo Tooklit as well as the Django framework.

We hope this tool will be useful to you in diagnosing problems or understanding the differences between browsers when interacting with your Cascading Style Sheets. We always welcome your feedback, so check out the code and let us know what you think in our discussion group.
URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/01/css-selector-shell-released.html

[G] Join the Discussion... with Comments

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Google Analytics Blog: Join the Discussion... with Comments

In the spirit of New Year's resolutions, one of ours is to work even harder in 2009 to hear what you have to say. My resolution to work out more frequently at the gym has already gone out the window (the Golden Globes took precedence last week), but I promise that listening to you is a resolution we'll follow through on! To help kick things off, here are a few ways you can get your questions answered and provide feedback to the Google Analytics team.
  • As of today, you can post comments on new features and developments directly in the blog
  • For support questions or more in-depth conversations, use the help forum
  • For feature requests, you can use this form
  • To get hands-on implementation support, speak to an Authorized Consultant
  • Lastly, to share best practices, key learnings or case studies, email ga-feedback [at] google [dot] com (no support questions please)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Posted by Sebastian Tonkin, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2009/01/join-discussion-with-comments.html