Saturday, April 2, 2011

[G] Improving finger dexterity for faster web browsing

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Google Chrome Blog: Improving finger dexterity for faster web browsing

Three weeks ago, we released a new stable build of Chrome which featured our biggest speed improvements to date—a 66 percent lift in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite.

However, the Chrome browser can only process data as quickly as users can tell it how to do so—i.e., type. In 1946, Stella Pajunas-Garnand set a world record by typing at a blistering 216 words per minute. Once we learned that the average Internet user ambles in at 33 words per minute—just 15.2778 percent of the existing milestone—we decided to conduct our own research into the state of finger speed and performance.

Browsing the web involves two key finger movements: the up-and-down motion of a finger pressing a key and the back-and-forth movement of a finger scrolling the wheel of a mouse. To reach a standard measurement for speed and performance, we combined eight key metrics from both movements to produce the Finger Dexterity Index (FDI), which we’ve mapped below against the V8 Benchmark:



As you can see, there have been relatively few advances in finger dexterity since Chrome’s launch, which is why we’re excited to bring you Chromercise, a new exercise regimen for your hands and fingers. Some existing finger exercise programs focus on upgrading your digits’ cardiovascular strength and musculature; others focus on dexterity. Chromercise’s unique blend of aerobic motion and rhythmic accompaniment covers all of the above while simultaneously tightening and toning your fingers’ actual appearance.



A few words of caution: be sure to stretch before and after your Chromercise workout, and only attempt the complex moves at the end of the workout video after mastering the core movements from the first half. In fact, we strongly encourage finger sweatbands throughout your workout for your comfort and the safety of those around you. And as with any fitness program, don’t forget to consult your physician before committing to a rigorous Chromercise regimen.

To learn more visit Chromercise.com today.



Posted by Chris Wright, certified Chromercise Instructor
URL: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2011/04/improving-finger-dexterity-for-faster.html

[G] Google Cloud Print Ready printers now available

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Google Chrome Blog: Google Cloud Print Ready printers now available

Imagine printing an important email from your Chrome notebook on your train ride to work, then finding the completed printout in the printer tray when you reach the office. Or printing your airline boarding pass from your smartphone to your home printer, so you can grab the printout on your way out the door. Today, we are one big step closer to this vision.

Last year, we launched Google Cloud Print, a service that enables users to print from any device, operating system, or browser to any printer without the need for drivers or a PC connection. The service can be used with any printer, but the most seamless experience is offered by Google Cloud Print Ready devices, a new generation of web-connected printers that don’t need to be attached to a computer. Today, HP has announced that all of its ePrint-enabled printers are Google Cloud Print Ready, in most cases right out of the box. With a Google Cloud Print Ready printer, you can print emails, documents and web pages from supported apps without having to hunt for drivers or printer cables.

You can already use Google Cloud Print on Chrome notebooks and in the mobile versions of Gmail and Google Docs. Many more supported apps are on the way. There are also a third-party Android app, Chrome extension and Firefox add-on to help you use Google Cloud Print in more places.

We’re also continuing to release enhancements to the Google Cloud Print service. We’ve released a Mac version of the Google Cloud Print connector for non-cloud printers in the Chrome beta channel. And over the next few days we’ll be enabling printer sharing for current Google Cloud Print users, so your family, friends and colleagues can print their documents from anywhere to anywhere.

Happy printing!

Posted by Abhijit Kalamkar, Software Engineer
URL: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2011/03/google-cloud-print-ready-printers-now.html

[G] Contoso has gone Google

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Contoso has gone Google

Editor's note: Today we’ll hear from Albert V. Leems, CIO at Contoso, a manufacturing firm headquartered near Seattle.

As a subsidiary of a traditional software company, we went against the grain and switched all 1,200 Contoso employees across nine continents to the cloud. After previously considering Google Apps, we were finally convinced to make the move when Google Docs began supporting the Corsiva font. I still can’t find track changes in Docs, but now we can use Corsiva from anywhere, on any device. We decided against Microsoft® Office 365 beta, because we’d heard for years that beta software was too risky.

Before the switch our work maintaining IT systems was never done. Now it's easy. And when people still need Clippy, they can write TPS reports without attachments through Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. We’re still waiting for offline Docs, so in the meantime we’re using TiSP to access the Internet in our remote locations and corporate jets.

Since moving to Gmail, HR violations and after-hours sharing of Rebecca Black videos have gone down by 76 percent thanks to Mail Goggles, and Old Snakey has doubled our IT satisfaction scores. Our teams are especially excited to start communicating more efficiently using body language alone with Gmail Motion.


Google Apps helps give our business the agility and fast decision-making of a startup, and now our parent company is considering the switch as well. We’ll be sure to pay another visit here to share their story if they go all in.

Posted by Albert V. Leems, Chief Information Officer at Contoso
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/04/contoso-has-gone-google.html

[G] Geographic Stars Compete in the National Geographic Bee State Championships

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Google LatLong: Geographic Stars Compete in the National Geographic Bee State Championships


Understanding the world around you is imperative, especially since technology has made it easier and fun to explore places you could, otherwise, only imagine. Being geographically literate helps you interpret the plethora of information that comes your way each day (and that’s no joke)! Without the perspective of knowing where you are or where things happen, you can find it difficult to navigate your way through it all. That is why Google is excited and proud to sponsor the National Geographic Bee for the third year, which sparks student interest in geography.

Last fall, over four million students started preparing for the 2011 Bee. Today, the students who have progressed to the state bee level, will compete for one of the coveted 54 spots at the finals in Washington DC in May. It’s not as simple as memorizing a list of capitals or identifying places on a map. These geographic black belts answer tough questions about human, environmental, physical, and regional geography.

The love of geography is a great asset for these students as they continue their education and careers. It might also lead them to a life of exploration and adventure. We asked a few famous explorers why geography is important to them and how they use Google Earth. Watch our Geography video below to hear their great insight:



We wish all of the competitors the best of luck!

Posted by Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering, Google Earth and Maps
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2011/04/geographic-stars-compete-in-national.html

[G] Real-World Sightings, Now in Google Earth and Maps

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Google LatLong: Real-World Sightings, Now in Google Earth and Maps

[Cross-posted from the Google SketchUp Blog]

Today we’re premiering our new Real-World Sightings series on Google Earth and Google Maps. As part of this experiment, we’ve added 10 images to the map based on stories we’ve heard from our users. As is common with betas, we’ll evaluate interest and engagement with this feature before determining future rollout plans.

It all started with a recent visit to my friend Nessie in Boston. As I crossed the bridge into town, the car in front of me stopped short so I slammed on the brakes. The cars next to me were also stopped, so I got out to see what was causing the back up.

There was a huge, red lobster sitting on the bridge.


He wasn’t scared or hostile. In fact, he seemed quite amused as a few brave drivers navigated around his over-sized legs to successfully cross the bridge. Soon everyone’s fear and alarm gave way to wonder and surprise.

As I made the journey under the giant crustacean's torso, I was reminded how much bigger the world is than we often realize. I made it to Nessie’s place in Boston safely and got to thinking: the world must be full of magical stories like this.

My friends at Google agreed, and so we asked users from around the world to share stories of the strange and delightful things they’ve seen. We were surprised at how many reports we received, so today we’re adding a new feature to Google Maps and Earth: Real-World Sightings. People have witnessed fantastical creatures in every corner of the globe, and in our effort to mirror the real world as completely as possible, we have decided to start including these eyewitness reports on the map.

So if you happen to run into a dragon or alien today in Google Earth (make sure you have 3D Buildings turned on) or Maps, don’t be alarmed. Instead, we encourage you take a few minutes to look for other creatures that have been reported in places all across the world. We’ll tweet some tips to help you get started finding these images on our Twitter handle @GoogleMaps, so follow along throughout the day to spot some fun things you may have thought only existed in legends and fairy tales!

Posted by Dave Barth, Product Manager
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2011/04/real-world-sightings-now-in-google.html

[G] Who’s the next big thing on YouTube? You tell us

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YouTube Blog: Who’s the next big thing on YouTube? You tell us

Last month, we told you about two new programs to help connect aspiring YouTube Partners and creators with the tools, education, funding and promotion they need to turn their video creation hobbies into careers. The YouTube Creator Institute will send up-and-coming video producers to two of the US’s leading film and television schools for an advanced 4-8 week program to train alongside industry leaders, helping them take their skills to the next level. And YouTube NextUp asked members of the YouTube Partner Program to make a video application outlining the future direction they’d like to take their content, with the strongest submissions receiving $35,000 in funding from YouTube and a spot at a special boot camp for them to learn new skills.



We’re running these programs because we believe that the next superstars of music, film, comedy, animation, and whole new content genres are practicing their craft on YouTube today. Every day we come across extremely talented creators of all ages and from all walks of life, and we want to see them succeed and reach bigger audiences. We’re also aware that you, the YouTube community, are often the best judges of talent! You’ve already made stars of people like MysterGuitarMan, the Annoying Orange, and Dave Days, and we want to ask you to help pick the next generation of leading creators.



The top-scoring eligible entries to the YouTube Creator Institute and YouTube NextUp have moved on to the public voting stage, and we’re inviting you to go to youtube.com/creators to vote for the people you’d like to see advance to the final round.



On the voting site, you’ll be able to review submissions from:

  • New types of vloggers

  • Claymation storytellers

  • Horror film afficianados

  • Budding musicians

  • Special effects pyromaniacs

  • And many more







We encourage you to judge the videos and creators based on their creativity, uniqueness, and potential to become a star. Of course, also think about what you’d like to see more of on YouTube! You can vote up to once a day for the creators you like from now until 5pm PT on April 8.



Top voted videos will move on to the final rounds of judging, and we’ll keep you posted on the winners in the coming weeks.



Austin Lau, Partner Program Specialist, recently watched “The Coolest Extreme Skiing Dudes”.


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/nADJ4c6EtDM/whos-next-big-thing-on-youtube-you-tell.html

[G] Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas

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Google Public Policy Blog: Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas

Posted by Milo Medin, Vice President, Access Services

(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. The response was overwhelming—nearly 1,100 cities felt theneed for speed—and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm we saw across the country for better and faster web connections. Thank you to every community and individual that submitted a response, joined a rally, starred in a YouTube video or otherwise participated.

After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in
Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.

Later this morning we'll join Mayor Reardon at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, for an event we’ll carry live on the
Google YouTube channel—be sure to tune in at 10am PDT to watch.

In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the
Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.

Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.

Over the past decade, the jump from dial-up to broadband has led to streaming online
video, digital music sales, video conferencing over the web and countless other innovations that have transformed communication and commerce. We can’t wait to see what new products and services will emerge as Kansas City moves from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections.

Now it’s time to get to work.




Update 4:15PM: We’ve heard from some communities that they’re disappointed not to have been selected for our initial build. So just to reiterate what I've said many times in interviews: we're so thrilled by the interest we've generated—today is the start, not the end the project. And over the coming months, we'll be talking to other interested cities about the possibility of us bringing ultra high-speed broadband to their communities.
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2011/03/ultra-high-speed-broadband-is-coming-to.html

[G] New imagery of Japan after the earthquake

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Google Public Policy Blog: New imagery of Japan after the earthquake

Posted by Keiichi Kawai, Senior Product Manager, on behalf of Google Japan and international Crisis Response teams

(Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

It’s now the third week after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern Japan. Aid organizations have been hard at work and cities are starting to show signs of recovery, but the damage is beyond imagination and there are still thousands of people at shelters grappling with daily challenges. As a native of Sendai city, I’m still speechless seeing the destruction and damage that has been done to the places I love and care about.

We’ve been looking for ways we can assist in the relief efforts using Google’s map-related tools. A few days after the quake, we published updated satellite imagery of northeast Japan in Google Maps and Google Earth, which illustrated the massive scale of devastation in the affected areas.

Today, we’ve published imagery of the Sendai region at even higher resolution, which we collected on Sunday and Monday. The new Sendai imagery, along with satellite imagery from throughout the area, is now live in the base imagery layer of Google Earth and will soon be visible in Google Maps. We hope to continue collecting updated images and publishing them as soon as they are ready.

We hope our effort to deliver up-to-date imagery provides the relief organizations and volunteers working around the clock with the data they need to better understand the current conditions on the ground. We also hope these tools help our millions of users—both those in Japan and those closely watching and sending their support from all over the globe—to find useful information about the affected areas.

A riverside neighborhood in Sendai from our newly released imagery
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-imagery-of-japan-after-earthquake.html

[G] This week in search 4/1/11

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Official Google Blog: This week in search 4/1/11

This is part of a regular series of posts on search experience updates that runs on Fridays. Look for the label "This week in search" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

This week we made a few updates to help people around the world access relevant information. We introduced a new +1 button to help you and your friends find the right results at the right time, enhanced financial search results on your mobile phone, added local domains in new countries and introduced Voice Search in new languages.

+1 to share your recommendations with the world
The +1 button is a new, quick way in Google search to say “this is something you should check out.” Click the +1 button to publicly give a search result or an ad your stamp of approval, sharing your recommendation with your friends and contacts so they’ll find it right when they want it. For example, if you recently stayed at a ski lodge that you loved, you can +1 that webpage and your friend will see your +1 when it matters most to him—when he’s searching for a place to stay in Lake Tahoe.


+1’s are slowing rolling out alongside search results and ads in English on Google.com, and in the future they’ll appear in many more places (including other Google products and sites across the web). You can try the +1 button now by opting in at http://www.google.com/experimental.

New financial search results on mobile
When you’re checking on the latest in the stock market, you may be interested in seeing more than just stock quotes. This week we updated the search result format for financial results on iPhone and Android-powered devices. You can now interact with the results in new ways to see a company’s performance over various date ranges, and if you swipe the screen from right to left you can see recent financial news for the company, glance at a market overview and check how the stocks in your portfolio are doing. If you currently have your language preference set to English, just go to google.com and search for a stock ticker symbol to see the new format.

Example searches: [TSLA] [F] [NFLX]

Click different date ranges to change the chart and see a company’s performance over time

Finding similar images
When you’re searching for a picture and find a result that’s close to what you want but not exactly right, you can use "Similar images" to find images that are visually similar to a particular result, so you can get to that perfect result. We’ve updated the index of similar images, so now you’ll find more recent and comprehensive results. Now you can even find similar images for a recent news event, like when Google went Gaga. Try it yourself by hovering over an image search result and clicking the “Similar” link.

Examples:




New Google domains in Iraq and Tunisia
Yesterday we added two new regional domains in the Middle East: google.iq for Iraq and google.tn for Tunisia. The new domains make it easier for people to access Google in their preferred language and also to find locally relevant information. This brings the number of local Google search domains worldwide to 184, with 15 domains in Arab countries.

Google Iraq homepage in Arabic

Voice Search in new languages
This week we introduced Voice Search in Indonesian, Malaysian and Latin American Spanish. With the help of local people in the region, we were able to capture regional accents and conversational speech to more accurately resemble everyday use of the languages. We also made sure to pay attention to languages with different accents, so we could build a version of Voice Search that, for example, could work across the whole of Latin America. With these new additions, Voice Search is now available in over two dozen languages and accents since it first launched in November 2008.

We’re hiring Autocompleters!
On the search team, we’re always looking for new talent. Today, we’re making a big push to expand hiring for Autocompleters. If you happen to be in the market for a new job and have psychic tendencies, we encourage you to consider applying. Watch this video to hear from a real Google Autocompleter.



Posted by Mike Cassidy, Director of Product Management
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-week-in-search-4111.html

[G] Gmail is moving, fingers are fitter, YouTube goes centennial

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Official Google Blog: Gmail is moving, fingers are fitter, YouTube goes centennial

With the help of Gmail Motion, we’ve been working faster than ever this week to build new products and celebrate a few existing ones. Here’s a roundup of our most recent efforts:
It’s been a busy—and frankly, odd—day at Google, but with our finger sweatbands in place and our savvy email-writing moves, we’ll work faster than ever on new and exciting projects.

Update 4:06PM: Updated with additional announcements. - Ed.

Posted by Michael Krantz, Project Manager, Google Creative Lab
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/gmail-is-moving-fingers-are-fitter.html

Friday, April 1, 2011

[G] Meow Me Now

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Official Google Mobile Blog: Meow Me Now

Search using your location is extremely helpful while on the go. Today, we’re excited to announce Meow Me Now, a new feature that lets you find the kittens that are near you. You can find kittens either by searching for [kittens] on google.com on your Android or iOS device, or by using the Near Me Now drop-down feature on the Google homepage.




Voice search to locate nearby kittens will also work on Android devices, and iOS devices with the Google Search App, so try meowing into your phone to find the kittens near you.

Posted by Yusuke Tabata, cat herder
URL: http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/04/meow-me-now.html

[G] Introducing the +1 Button

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Social Web Blog: Introducing the +1 Button


We all know what it’s like to get a bit of help when you’re looking for it. Online, that advice can come from a number of places: a tweet, a shared video, or a blog post, to name a few. With Google Social Search we’ve been working to show that content when it’s useful, making search more personally relevant.

We think sharing on the web can be even better--that people might share more recommendations, more often, if they knew their advice would be used to help their friends and contacts right when they’re searching for relevant topics on Google. That’s why we’re introducing the +1 button, an easy way for Google users to recommend your content right from the search results pages (and, soon, from your site).



+1 is a simple idea. Let’s use Brian as an example. When Brian signs in to his Google Account and sees one of your pages in the organic search results on Google (or your search ads if you’re using AdWords), he can +1 it and recommend your page to the world.



The next time Brian’s friend Mary is signed in and searching on Google and your page appears, she might see a personalized annotation letting her know that Brian +1’d it. So Brian’s +1 helps Mary decide that your site is worth checking out.



We expect that these personalized annotations will help sites stand out by showing users which search results are personally relevant to them. As a result, +1’s could increase both the quality and quantity of traffic to the sites people care about.

But the +1 button isn’t just for search results. We’re working on a +1 button that you can put on your pages too, making it easy for people to recommend your content on Google search without leaving your site. If you want to be notified when the +1 button is available for your website, you can sign up for email updates at our +1 webmaster site.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll add +1 buttons to search results and ads on Google.com. We’ll also start to look at +1’s as one of the many signals we use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, including social signals from other services. For +1's, as with any new ranking signal, we'll be starting carefully and learning how those signals affect search quality over time. At first the +1 button will appear for English searches only on Google.com, but we’re working to add more languages in the future.

We’re excited about using +1’s to make search more personal, relevant and compelling. We hope you’re excited too! If you have questions about the +1 button and how it affects search on Google.com, you can check the Google Webmaster Central Help Center.

Posted by David Byttow, Software Engineer, +1 Button
URL: http://googlesocialweb.blogspot.com/2011/03/introducing-1-button.html

[G] New! Google Analytics Gift Cards

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Google Analytics Blog: New! Google Analytics Gift Cards

You may have noticed in your local supermarket, coffee shop or video store an exciting new item - Google Analytics Gift Cards (beta)! They’re good for redeeming in any Google Analytics profile for additional intelligence in your Intelligence reports. And the great part is, you can give them away to friends or colleagues who you think could benefit from more Intelligence. They’re the perfect gift for your boss’s upcoming birthday.

Google Analytics Gift Card

So why would you need additional Intelligence? For starters, you’ll get new alerts in your Intelligence reports that are only available by redeeming the Google Analytics Gift Card. The new alerts are even more sensitive and smart. For example, a new alert will be triggered when the system finds one of your pages a little too loud or noisy from a design standpoint, or if your checkout process is annoying, or whenever there's use of blinking, neon, non-hyperlinked text on your site.

The Gift Cards offer the new Intelligence Alerts in amounts of 5, 10 and 500 - for people who really, really need more Intelligence. They’re still in beta, but should be available in a store near you at some point in the coming weeks most likely, or not.

Warning: Purchasing an Analytics Intelligence Gift Card will not magically turn you into an analytics ninja.


Posted by The Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-google-analytics-gift-cards.html

[G] Web Analytics TV #17

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Google Analytics Blog: Web Analytics TV #17

Welcome to yet another exciting magical episode of Web Analytics TV!

Web Analytics TV is powered by your questions, in this episode we had questions from Australia, India, Russia, Germany, Israel, Poland, Argentina, Dubai, Cyprus and so many other places. It is amazing to see such an engaged audience from around the world. You all rock!

Our process is simple.
Step 1: You ask, or vote on, your favorite web analytics questions via the Web Analytics TV Google Moderator site.
Step 2: From a secret undisclosed location at the Googleplex Avinash Kaushik & Nick Mihailovski answer them. : )

We are also thrilled to present Lloyd from Cape Town with the “Analysis Ninja of the Episode” award for his excellent question about the differences about custom variables and advanced segments. Lloyd, just send us an email and we’ll send you an autographed, personalized, copy of Web Analytics 2.0.

Here is the list of last weeks questions.

In this action-packed episode we discuss:
  • (0:38) Why you see differences between clicks and visits from Facebook metrics
  • (2:35) Setting up goals to match multiple conditions
  • (3:55) The best way to create inverse advanced segments
  • (4:36) Is there a way to get the path of sources for a user?
  • (5:44) Comparing Website Optimizer experiments against different success criteria
  • (7:30) How you should track banners for internal campaigns
  • (9:01) Targeting visitors using Google Analytics data
  • (10:25) What Google Analytics reports for URLs that get rewritten by the server
  • (11:41) Is it “cheating” to track virtual pageviews on tabs?
  • (13:12) How to group and compare keywords in the longtail
  • (15:18) Differences between custom variables and advanced segments
  • (18:32) Best ways to test regular expressions on your own data
  • (20:30) Testing if multiple tracking codes on the same page are sending data
  • (21:45) Generating dashboards for data across profiles
  • (23:08) Why conversion goals can be over 100%
  • (25:14) Whats up with providing a podcast of web analytics TV?
  • (25:53) An easy / automated way to track the download of PDF files
  • (27:22) Using events to track more realistic time on site
  • (29:11) Removing extra referrals from Google Analytics

Here are the links to the topics we discuss:
As always, if you need help setting up Google Analytics or leveraging the advanced configuration options, we recommend hiring a Google Analytics Certified Partner.

If you found this post or video helpful, we'd love to hear your comments. Please share them via the comment form below.

This series would not be possible without your awesome questions. Please submit them on our public Google Moderator site, and while you are there don’t forget to vote for your favorite questions. Avinash and Nick will answer them in a couple of weeks with yet another entertaining video.

Thanks!

Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2011/03/web-analytics-tv-17.html

[G] The New Google Analytics: Quick insights with Plot Rows

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Google Analytics Blog: The New Google Analytics: Quick insights with Plot Rows

This is part of our series of posts highlighting the new Google Analytics. The new version of Google Analytics is currently available in beta to a small number of Analytics users. We’ll be giving access to more users soon. Sign up for early access.

The graph on top of most Google Analytics reports is designed to give you a quick overview of your site’s performance over time. From the graph it’s easy to spot trends and understand how your traffic has changed over time. One request we heard was the ability to quickly focus the graph on a particular row of data. While you could do this with a drill-down report or using an advanced segment, we saw this as an opportunity to provide an easy way to do quick comparisons in the new Google Analytics.

Say for example you’re examining your site’s traffic by traffic source. You can see there are peaks and valleys in the traffic, but if you want a sense of the major contributors, you need to dig into the table.


With Plot Rows, you can graph any two rows alongside the overview. You can then easily determine how much a row contributes to the whole. Or you can compare two lines against each other to look for comparison trends.


To use Plot Rows, just tick any one or two checkboxes next to the rows you want to plot, then at the bottom of the table, hits the Plot Rows button.


Remember, that some reports like New vs. Returning default to a Pie Chart view. This doesn’t mean you can’t use Plot Rows, just switch the view to Data, and you’re good to go.

Here’s a quick video showing this in action:


Usage Tips
When looking at continuous metrics, like Visits, Plot Rows is most revealing when exploring the rows of similar scale, for example to see how they contribute to the whole and change over time. When looking at rows at different scales the graph will be more informative when using percentage metrics like Bounce Rate.

In this example, we’re looking at organic search traffic driven to the Google Store from Google and Bing. One would not expect that Bing users are actively looking to buy Google merchandise (like this awesome t-shirt), so the number of visits is understandably low. Since the traffic from Bing is relatively low, the graph doesn’t share much we didn’t already know from the table.


In new version of Analytics you can quickly graph any of the metrics in the scorecard (the bar on top of the graph) by clicking on the metric in the scorecard. Looking at Bounce Rate, we can see that over time the Bounce Rate from Google search (orange) has dropped, which has reduced the overall Bounce Rate of the site (blue), while the Bounce Rate from Bing (green) has more or less stayed constant.

You can use Plot Rows in just about any report that has a data table. Let us know if you find a place you want this functionality that doesn’t already have it. Also, we’re planning to give a bunch more of you access to the new version this week. Be on the look out!

Posted by Trevor Claiborne, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-google-analytics-quick-insights.html

[G] Accessing More Than 10,000 Rows of Data Using The API

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Google Analytics Blog: Accessing More Than 10,000 Rows of Data Using The API

Did you know that you can easily get more than 10,000 rows of data from Analytics using the API?
Auto-Pagination through the API

Here is a quick overview on how to do auto-pagination with our API. You might also follow along by checking the fully working sample code in Python which you can use in your own applications.

The following sample query fetches the first 10,000 keywords by conversion rate for the month of February:

https://www.google.com/analytics/feeds/data
?ids=ga:12345
&dimensions=ga:keywords
&metrics=ga:conversionRateAll
&sort=-ga:conversionRateAll
&start-date=2011-02-01
&end-date=2011-02-28
&start-index=1
&max-results=10000


Notice how start-index is set to 1 and max-results is set to 10,000. When this query is issued to the API, the API will return up to 10,000 results. The API also returns the number rows found in Google Analytics in the openSearch:totalResult XML element

14,654

To get the total number of pages in this request, we can use the following python code:

num_pages = math.ceil(total_results / 10000)

Then getting the start-index for each additional page is trivial:

for page_number in range(num_pages)[1:]: # skips the first page.
start_index_for_page = page_number * 10000 + 1


Thats it! If you want to start doing this today, or just see how it should work, we’ve included a fully working example. If you liked this, and want to see more example, let us know what we should do next in our comments.

Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2011/03/accessing-more-than-10000-rows-of-data_28.html

[G] Ig-pay Atin-lay Oice-vay Earch-say

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Official Google Research Blog: Ig-pay Atin-lay Oice-vay Earch-say

Posted by Martin Jansche and Alex Salcianu, Google Speech Team

As you might know, Google Voice Search is available in more than two dozen languages and dialects, making it easy to perform Google searches just by speaking into your phone.

Today it is our pleasure to announce the launch of Pig Latin Voice Search!

What is Pig Latin you may ask? Wikipedia describes it as a language game where, for each English word, the first consonant (or consonant cluster) is moved to the end of the word and an “ay” is affixed (for example, “pig” yields “ig-pay” and “search” yields “earch-say”).

Our Pig Latin Voice Search is even more fun than our other languages, because when you speak in Pig Latin, our speech recognizer not only recognizes your piggy speech but also translates it automagically to normal English and does a Google search.



To configure Pig Latin Voice Search in your Android phone just go to Settings, select “Voice input & output settings”, and then “Voice recognizer settings”. In the list of languages you’ll see Pig Latin. Just select it and you are ready to roll in the mud!

It also works on iPhone with the Google Search app. In the app, tap the Settings icon, then "Voice Search" and select Pig Latin.

Ave-hay un-fay ith-way Ig-pay Atin-lay.


Pig Latin Voice Search works on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and later Android versions. If you don't already have Google Voice Search on your Android phone, scan or tap this QR code to download it.

The list of languages and dialects now supported by Google Voice Search includes:
  • US English, UK English, Australian English, Indian English, South African English
  • Spanish from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Latin America
  • French (France), Italian, and Portuguese (Brazil)
  • German (Germany) and Dutch
  • Russian, Polish, and Czech
  • Turkish
  • Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China and Taiwan), and Cantonese
  • Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Afrikaans and isiZulu
  • Latin
  • Pig Latin
URL: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2011/04/ig-pay-atin-lay-oice-vay-earch-say.html

[G] Take your ads to new heights with Blimp Ads

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Inside AdWords: Take your ads to new heights with Blimp Ads

For more than ten years, AdWords has been at the forefront of the advertising world. From text ads to video ads, we’ve been constantly innovating and redefining the advertising ecosystem. Starting today, you can be one of the first to experience the next generation of advertising: Google Blimp Ads.

Imagine this: a baseball stadium, packed with thousands of fans. A home run flies through the air, and as the crowd looks up, they see your ad, bigger than ever, hand-painted on the side of a majestic blimp. Blimp Ads can make this a reality.


With your text ads on our brand new fleet of gBlimps, you can reach an even wider audience and capitalize on many new targeting options, including blimp height and location. You can even target special events like football games, outdoor concerts, meteor showers, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Over the past few months, we’ve privately tested Blimp Ads and found that they performed even better than expected. Now you have the opportunity to boost your ad performance by participating in our free public beta testing program.

Check out our product site to learn more and sign up now. Join us as we continue to push the boundaries of advertising.


Posted by Nathania Lozada, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2011/04/take-your-ads-to-new-heights-with-blimp.html

[G] Google to Acquire Blogger

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Blogger Buzz: Google to Acquire Blogger

Posted by Brett Wiltshire, Blogger CEO
[Cross-post from google.blogspot.com]

This morning we’re beyond thrilled to announce that Blogger has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google, the Internet search company. This is exciting news not only for all of us on the Blogger team, but for our users, our partners, and most importantly -- the blogosphere itself.

Understandably, you probably have lots of questions about what this means for Blogger and Blogger users. Below, we've put together some initial answers to many of the biggest questions. More info will be available as we figure it out. Thanks for your support as we transfer into this next exciting phase.  


Q: Why did Blogger sell to Google?
A: Well, on the surface, it may look obvious: A company of Google's size could give Blogger the resources we needed to do things better, faster, bigger. It's been a long eleven+ years since we started the company, and not all of them were very fun. We had been making serious progress over the last year or so, but bootstrapping (growing without funding) is always a slow process, and we were a long way from where we wanted to be. We wanted to offer a better service. And with Google, it wasn't just their size, of course. They had clearly done an incredible job building their technology and business, and we'd been big fans.

However, that doesn't mean it was an easy decision. We'd seen many small companies doing interesting things die (or at least become uninteresting) after getting acquired. It was only after becoming convinced that: a) There were sensible, cool, powerful things we could do on the technology/product side with Google that we couldn't do otherwise; and b) It was a good company, run by people we liked, who wanted the same things we did (i.e., they wouldn't screw up Blogger or make our lives miserable).

We became convinced both of these were the case rather quickly after thinking about the product side and talking to lots of Googlers.   Also, Google liked our logo. And we liked their food.

Q: Will Blogger go away? 
A: Nope. Blogger is going to maintain its branding and services. While we may integrate with Google in certain areas there will always be a Blogger.

Q: What does the acquisition mean to Blogger users? 
A: Greater reliability, new innovative products and a whole lot more that we aren't ready to share quite yet (truth is, we're still figuring a lot of it out). Right now, we're mostly bolstering up our hardware -- making things faster and more reliable -- and getting settled. Next, we're going to be working on some killer ideas we've been wanting to implement for years. It'll be fun.

Q: Will there be any changes to my account? 
A: Not right now but if anything does change we will notify you ahead of time, as we've done in the past.

Q: Will there be any changes to the Blogger products? 
A: We will be making some changes in our product line. We've been working on a new version of Blogger for some time now that will be coming out soon. We'll tell you more as soon as we know.

Q: What are your plans for the future? 
A: We are building a nuclear powered... Wait, you almost had us. We aren't telling, yet! But we will have more in a few weeks.

Q: Does this mean my blog will rank higher in Google search results? 
A: Nope. It does mean your blog might be stored physically closer to Google but that's about it. The people at Google have done a great job over the years making sure their search results are honest and objective and there's no reason they would change that policy for Blogger or anyone else.

Q: What will happen to all the nice kids that work on Blogger? 
A: We’ll still be working on Blogger and making it better.

Q: Are you still as handsome as ever? 
A:
URL: http://buzz.blogger.com/2011/04/google-to-acquire-blogger.html

[G] Fresh new perspectives for your blog

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Blogger Buzz: Fresh new perspectives for your blog

Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
  • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
  • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
  • Speed: download images as you view them, not all at once in advance
  • Interactivity: there are now more ways to experience and engage with blog content


Click on any of these links to take the new dynamic views for a spin on a few of our favorite blogs: Flipcard, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide.

Flipcard

Snapshot

Mosaic
To try these views on your own blog, simply add “/view” to the end of the blog URL—for example, http://buzz.blogspot.com/view. These new views are available on all public Blogger blogs with feeds fully enabled—to learn more, including how to disable these views for your blog if you wish, please see our help center article.

We’re previewing these templates early on so we can incorporate your feedback for a wider launch soon. At that time you’ll be able to customize these templates and select one for your blog. Please let us know what you think!

Antin Harasymiv, Software Engineer, Blogger
URL: http://buzz.blogger.com/2011/03/fresh-new-perspectives-for-your-blog.html