Google introduced “The Go Programming Language”

Google has introduced its new experimental programming language Go, which aims to combine speedy application development through simplified coding with high-speed program execution.

Google’s goal is that a major Google binary should be buildable in a few seconds on a single machine. The language is concurrent, garbage-collected, and requires explicit declaration of dependencies. Simple syntax and a clean type system support a number of programming styles.

Go works with Google’s open-source technology Native Client, designed for running native code in web-based applications, but it is not known yet whether Go will be used in the new Google operating system, Chrome.

For more on Go including FAQs, source code, libraries, and tutorials, please see the Go home page: http://golang.org

New version of Orkut

After months of hard work, Orkut team has announced the launch of a brand spanking new version of Orkut. The team has rebuilt the site from the bottom up using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).

With the new version of orkut you’ll find:

  • Fewer pages, faster browsing
    • Simpler and faster
    • Easy navigation to other Google properties
    • One-stop notifications
    • Fast photo uploads and photo sharing
  • Greater personalization
    • State your status!
    • Pick your favorite colors
    • It’s all ‘about me’ with more customization
  • Friendlier friending
    • Find and invite friends – fast!
    • More dynamic friends list
    • Latest activity updates on friends profiles
  • Connect in new ways
    • Post a scrap to say “hello”
    • Video chat
    • Promote stuff through your friends
New Version of Orkut
New Version of Orkut

Excited about the new version of the site? Then you’ll also be excited to know that orkut is returning to its roots and granting access to it via invitations. Find a friend who’s already using the new version of orkut and ask for an invite.

For more details visit
http://en.blog.orkut.com/2009/10/introducing-new-version-of-orkut-fun.html

Google Music Search

Google has announced that Google Music Search is officially “rolling out.” This new feature will allow users to hear song previews and easily obtain artist and album information, and it is expected to be accessible to users across the U.S. soon.

Google Music Search
Google Music Search

According to Google:

Of course, this is just a first step toward making search more musical. There’s a lot of music out there in the world, and in some instances, we may not return links to the song you’re looking for. But by combining the strength of Google’s search algorithms with our music search partners’ efforts to increase the comprehensiveness of their music content, we’re on track to answer more of your rhymes with the right rhythms.

Read more at:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/making-search-more-musical.html

Basic Tips for SEO

  1. Use Correct Doctype
  2. Use Semantic code while htmlizing your website.
  3. Use Meta Content and Meta Keywords
  4. Use unique page titles
  5. Use SEO friendly page name or URL
  6. Use Alt tags for Images
  7. Use Heading Tags (e.g. H1, H2)
  8. Use Valid HTML and CSS Code (Make your code W3C Standard)
  9. Use Div based coding and avoid using Tables
  10. Make a Detailed Sitemap
  11. Use Breadcrumb
  12. Use Footer links
  13. Use Optimized images and code to make your web site load fast
  14. Use External JavaScript and CSS files
  15. Use a meaningful and helpful 404 error page

Google Wave

Google recently previewed “Wave” a Social collaboration and communication service. The service seems to combine Gmail and Google Docs into an interesting free-form workspace that could be used to write documents collaboratively, plan events, play games or discuss recent news.

Communication and Collaboration
Communication and Collaboration

“In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave to see how it evolved.”

Google Wave
Google Wave

Interesting facts about Google

Some interesting facts about user experience at Google

  1. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Infact it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
  2. Due to the sparseness of the homepage, in early user tests they noted people just sitting looking at the screen. After a minute of nothingness, the tester intervened and asked ‘Whats up?‘ to which they replied “We are waiting for the rest of it“. To solve that particular problem the Google Copyright message was inserted to act as a crude end of page marker.
  3. One of the biggest leap in search usage came about when they introduced their much improved spell checker giving birth to the “Did you mean…” feature. This instantly doubled their traffic, but they had some interesting discussions on how best to place that information, as most people simply tuned that out. But they discovered the placement at the bottom of the results was the most effective area.
  4. The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.
  5. Orkut is very popular in Brazil. Orkut was the brainchild of a very intelligent Google engineer who was pretty much given free reign to run with it, without having to go through the normal Google UI procedures, hence the reason it doesn’t look or feel like a Google application. They are looking at improving Orkut to cope with the loads it places on the system.
  6. Google makes changes small-and-often. They will sometimes trial a particular feature with a set of users from a given network subnet; for example Excite@Home users often get to see new features. They aren’t told of this, just presented with the new UI and observed how they use it.
  7. Google has the largest network of translators in the world
  8. They use the 20% / 5% rules. If at least 20% of people use a feature, then it will be included. At least 5% of people need to use a particular search preference before it will make it into the ‘Advanced Preferences‘.
  9. They have found in user testing, that a small number of people are very typical of the larger user base. They run labs continually and always monitoring how people use a page of results.
  10. The name ‘Google‘ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol
  11. Gmail was used internally for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there was approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.
  12. They listen to feedback actively. Emailing Google isn’t emailing a blackhole.
  13. Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News, Orkut are both examples of projects that grew from this working model.
  14. This wasn’t a technical talk so no information regarding any infrastructure was presented however they did note that they have a mantra of aiming to give back each page with in 500ms, rendered.
  15. Quote: Give Users What They Want When They Want It
  16. Quote: Integrate Sensibly

Most Popular Web Browser Toolbars

A toolbar sits on your web browser and facilitates quick access to many useful functions making online surfing easier. Here is a list of popular toolbars for your web browser.

Popular Browser Toolbars

Google Toolbar – Search with Google from any web page, block annoying pop-ups and automatically fill out forms are just few of the popular features. Check spellings, Auto link and see the page Rank. It also provides quick access to all major Google services.

Yahoo Toolbar – It allows searching the web with pop-up blocker, Anti-Spy Window Spyware protection, Quick access to Yahoo services, and add fresh content to My Yahoo! easily to name a few features. And now available with tabbed browsing in IE.

Windows Live Toolbar – It is available with tabbed browsing in IE, form filler, pop up blocker, multiple search options, self updating and feed detector.

MSN Toolbar – Browse smarter with tabs and switch between websites within the same IE window. Search the Web and easily locate documents, e-mail messages etc. Fill out online forms and one click Access to MSN services.

Alexa Toolbar – A free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf, providing useful information about the websites you visit including traffic info. and contact info. Find related links for each page and share opinions.

Stumble Upon – Lets you surf, review and share great webpages while meeting new people. Vote sites you like and read reviews about them.

Wikipedia Toolbar – The Wikipedia Firefox extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key).

So which toolbar you consider essential?