If you saw The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, you would have learned a couple of amazing facts about Google. For example, the scene about the green paddle for “yes” and the red paddle for no goes much more than just for training. It is an actual method used by Googlers for quick group discussion. A lot of Googlers were happy to see that reference to their company on the movie.
However, that is just the beginning. There are tons of more amazing facts about Google. Here is another one, known as the Rule #1:
And wait until you hear the ones about the actual Google search engine. For example, did you know that you can set up your Google homepage in Latin and Klingon? (The second one should make Klingonese authority Marc Okrand quite happy!)
The folks at Promodo.com designed an awesome infographic on these and many more amazing facts about Google. And they know heck of a lot about Google! 18 of their employees have a Google certification and the company as a whole is a Google partner. On top of that, they are also proficient in Yandex, which is the leading search engine in Russia. If you wanted another Google fact, well here it is: in Russia, Google has less than 30% of market share! Between 50% to 60% of market share belongs to Yandex.
Enjoy the infographic!
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Google has often been blasted for failing to understand social media and capitalize on the rise of this communication channel. Still, those same critics cannot blame the Mountain View-based search giant for not trying and, actually, may be shortchanging the company’s actual efforts. When asked about Google social media tools, the average person will immediately mention Google+. However, that is not the only venture from Google into social networks and, in some markets, not even close to its most successful one.
In this article, we will take a look at three of Google’s projects in the social arena.
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Google+, the social media product of the search behemoth Google, has made several changes recently in an effort to court new users and to continue developing the product as a key social tool. Some of the most recent developments include the interface overhaul, which has received a lot of criticism for the large amounts of white space left on the screen. There has been speculation that Google could potentially announce a product that will end up filling that space on users’ screens. Other changes include additions to the navigation bars and the ability to drag and drop links to other areas of the platform.
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Google originally rolled out its Google Plus service only to those with ages 18 and above. Recently the search giant has announced that it is now opening the service to the thirteen years old and up market.
Since this is a pretty sensitive market to cater with all the understandable apprehensions by parents in trying to protect their teenagers from potential dangers lurking in the internet, Google has simultaneously rolled out new privacy and security features which should somewhat assuage the parents into letting their kids try out the service.
Apparently, this new development is part of Google’s overall rollout plan for their Google Plus; this being the third or fourth installment in a series and with each rollout followed by some announcement of their membership figures.
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Get ready, because Google is getting personal.
The new launch of Google’s “Search Plus Your World” is the latest evolution in the Internet giant’s ever-expanding wave of algorithm restructuring in an effort to refine users’ search results, and unlike other frequent tweaks this change will be hard to miss.
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Google HQ is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of searches. While arriving late to the social media party, the search giant is finally showing signs of introducing user-generated into the search algorithms. There are several issues with ranking user-generated content through social media because it depends who is the original author, to what communities the author belongs to, and whether the author is an authority on the subject of the content.
The introduction of Google+ is an interesting attempt in bringing user-generated content through social media closer to the Google search engine.
Here is a discussion of how Google+ could affect SEO.
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The giant search engine has been skating on thin ice lately. With anti-trust probes and most people thinking the company knows too much about us already, it seems that Google’s motto of “Do no evil” is a bit hypocritical.
It’s not that Google’s intentions are necessarily evil, but the perception is that they are. After all, when you are the biggest search engine in the world, you pretty much own the internet, and you know more about your users than they even know, it’s pretty easy to see why people are paranoid about what Google knows.
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Are you dying to join the growing ranks of startup companies? If you are, you’re definitely not alone! Most startups are much more about hard work and dedication than instant riches and world-wide renown, but break-out companies have been able to prove that there’s always an exception to every rule.
If you’re truly passionate about your vision for the future, you just might be the Twitter or Groupon of the future. Before making your final decision to start down this path, consider these 4 little known facts and trends:
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In a move “to encourage a healthy web ecosystem,” Google recently announced a major change to its search algorithm – a move to devalue so-called “content farms” that primarily copy content from other websites, and sites that offer little or no value-added content for users.
The move ensures the continuance of the Internet adage, “Content is King!” According to Google, its algorithm tweak “noticeably” impacted 11.8% of its search queries, dropping the search engine results page (SERP) rankings of sites that “copy content from other sites or sites that are just not very useful,” while providing better SERP rankings for “sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”
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So we spend plenty of time on Facebook nowadays: talking, exchanging photos and just browsing. Is there any way to make use of all this mess? Can social media talking really turn useful?
Here’s a simple example: say, I want to buy a computer and I want Facebook to help.
My first obvious step is to SEARCH. So I use that handy search field right on top of the screen. I go ahead and type my very first search phrase that comes to mind: [dell coupons]. What can I say, I am using Google most of the time and I am that straightforward.
Obviously, this simple approach won’t work with Facebook: the first tab I see there is pretty much useless. It’s the collection of the related (spammy) groups and applications that won’t give an instant answer to my question: how to quickly find a good rebate (besides, most of these are never updated).
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