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New Google Services Announced

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the what-won't-they-think-of dept.

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Tryllekunstner writes "The guys at the Google Press Center presented upcoming Google technologies at a press conference. Google Co-op beta is a community where users can contribute their knowledge and expertise to improve Google search for everyone. Google Trends builds on the Google Zeitgeist to help users find facts and trends related to Google usage around the world. Google Notebook is a simple way for users to save and organize their thoughts when conducting research online. This personal browser tool permits users to clip text, images, and links from the pages they're browsing, save them to an online 'notebook' that is accessible from any computer, and share them with others. Also, Google Desktop 4 is also mentioned." Googleblog has an outline of the new services.

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A good tool. (5, Interesting)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308294)

The google trends is pretty fun to play with - and like all good tools, it can be used for good or bad.

For instance, British appear to be tit [google.com] men, whereas Americans are ass [google.com] men. People from all over the place are searching for osama [google.com] , but its only people from terrorist cities (like Lahore, Stockholm & San Franscisco) who are searching for usama [google.com]

A slightly more interesting search is bsd [google.com] - the top cities searching for BSD are interesting (and the same holds true for linux [google.com] - where the top city is the converting-to-linux munich)

Re:A good tool. (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308418)

And the infamous Janet Jackson boob spike [google.com] just manages to sneak in. ;-)

Re:A good tool. (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308473)

How could you leave out legs [google.com] , where both of our countries agree.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:A good tool. (2, Funny)

Colonel Angus (752172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308477)

...and the only people who give a shit about Canada are Canadians [google.com] .

Re:A good tool. (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308487)

Oh - and one other one to look at A comparison of Operating Systems [google.com]

Windows is the clear winner, with linux coming in second & BSD & OS X barely registering :-(

Re:A good tool. (3, Interesting)

shellbeach (610559) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308585)

Ah, but try with "mac" [google.com] rather than "OS-X" ...

You'll find it rather interesting ... talk about Apple stealing users from Linux - just look at those lines converging!

Re:A good tool. (2, Funny)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308775)

You'll find it rather interesting ... talk about Apple stealing users from Linux - just look at those lines converging!

You're right - and you see that ipods are enroaching on linux's territory too [google.com]

Re:A good tool. (2, Insightful)

IntlHarvester (11985) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308628)

I'm thinking that most OS searches are caused by technical support issues or problem solving, so it's not necessarily a good thing to have a high score.

Given that, Linux very high relative to the size of it's installed base. Which makese sense because idiots like me can't get anything done in Linux without 1000 google searches.

Re:A good tool. (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308729)

I'm thinking that most OS searches are caused by technical support issues or problem solving,

Uh-oh - let's hope you're not correct in that theory, because it would mean that mac's are getting harder to use & linux easier [google.com]

Re:A good tool. (1)

belg4mit (152620) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309363)

Right, because searching for software for a given platform couldn't possibly happen?

Anyways, compare free * [google.com] ; BSD omitted for hopefully obvious reasons.
Or download * [google.com] . It'd seem that they're roughly scaled to number of users
or some such metric.

Re:A good tool. (2, Insightful)

wandm (969392) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308501)

I'll second that! I'm hooked to Trends already..

I immediately searched for "sex", what else. And voila!

The leading countries are nearly all islamic, strict & ultraconservative.

They know what they need over there..

Re:A good tool. (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308583)

> For instance, British appear to be tit [google.com] men, whereas Americans are ass [google.com] men.

This is true. Whenever I travel, folks take one look at me and say, "You're an ass, man!"

USA vs. UK trends (1)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308761)

In USA vs. UK [google.com] , the UK wins out in search, but trails in news (though the news trend for the two follow each other, interestingly). Check out the regions graph.

more global trends (3, Interesting)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308896)

The UK is the most confused [google.com] , The Norwegians are lost [google.com] , people from Mexico City are searching for the internet [google.com] , Seattleites are wondering what Bill Gates [google.com] is up to, people in Kansas City are cheating at Where's Waldo [google.com] , Hungarians are hungry for warez [google.com] , Iranians spell it Googel [google.com] , the Polish seek the www [google.com] , and the Japanese are the only ones searching for "/." [google.com] .

Google vs. competitors (1)

Rocketship Underpant (804162) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308770)

Oddly enough, a lot of people use Google to search for Yahoo. (And for some reason, those Turks are absolutely reliant on Google for locating MSN.)

http://www.google.com/trends?q=google%2C+yahoo%2C+ msn%2C+aol&ctab=1&date=all&geo=all [google.com]

Re:Google vs. competitors (1)

Goodgerster (904325) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309213)

My sister uses Google to search for Google. Well, AOL Search Powered By Google at least.

Re:A good tool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15308881)

And it is funny...though the cities of the United States runs the show when looking for the most ass...Saudi Arabia is the country looking for the most ass...I wonder?

Re:A good tool. (1)

leoboiko (462141) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308887)

The first city for BSD, Jakarta, Indonesia, has almost double the second place. Can anyone guess why? Indonesia is the first BSD country too.

Interestingly, this tool confirms the old "BSD is popular in Japan" meme. Tokyo, Chiyoda and Osaka all figure in the top 10, Japan is number 4 and Japanese number 3.

Canadians (1)

j79zlr (930600) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309197)

love their midgets! [google.com]

Re:A good tool. (1)

biffta (961416) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309212)

British appear to be tit men, whereas Americans are ass men.

I beg to differ. We just call and ass an arse! [google.com]

Re:A good tool. (1)

adremeaux (841785) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309316)

Irvine, California: Porn capital of the world.

Re:A good tool. (1)

gkhan1 (886823) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309358)

The reason for the high position of Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö in the usama-search is because in Swedish "Osama" is pronounced like "Usama", so it's an easy mistake to make.

GNAA Announces Cleansing Of The Star Trek Gene Poo (0, Flamebait)

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All I can say (0, Redundant)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308308)

Great googleymoogley!

Next up... (2, Insightful)

Xichekolas (908635) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308326)

Googledot... an online community that allows technology users to comment on recent technology and political news. Also, a place to announce new Google beta tools.

I like Google and all... but can they please focus on creating something useful like a payment system rather than sites that offer fancy copy-and-paste functionality?

Re:Next up... (1)

woobieman29 (593880) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309188)

I vote that they call it G-Money.... :-)

No Thanks (-1, Troll)

Necrotica (241109) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308331)

Volunteer my time to help a publically traded company improve it's primary product? Unless they are willing to reward me in some fashion they can forget about it!

Re:No Thanks (4, Insightful)

w.p.richardson (218394) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308432)

Think of it as an employment application. I am sure that if you provided something meritorious that either Google or someone else would provide you with a chance for something gainful. Not bad if you are a student with a bit of time on your hands...

Re:No Thanks (0, Troll)

DogDude (805747) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308892)

You're kidding, right?

Re:No Thanks (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308484)

Considering they have many millions of users they only need a tiny portion of them to still have thousands of people help them out. I'm sure they'll get them.

Re:No Thanks (1)

53cur!ty (588713) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308512)

I'm with Necrotica!

Re:No Thanks (1)

Angostura (703910) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308783)

I believe they reward contributors by giving them free access to a really good Internet search engine.

Not griping... (-1, Redundant)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308333)

...since I admit this summary is better than the story I submitted some time ago. But when I submitted this story, the Googleblog post wasn't up. Posting this comment just incase it offers any additional insight to anybody. Oh, and Google Trends seems to be a cross between the Zeitgeist and Google Fight [googlefight.com] .

Submitted: Thursday May 11, 2006, @09:38AM
Rejected : Thursday May 11, 2006, @09:42AM

Google has unveiled two new search tools in it's growing inventory of products [google.com] . Today Google released Google Trends [google.com] and Google Coop [google.com] . More information is available at their respective [google.com] faq [google.com] pages. While Google Trends seems like a variation of Google Zeitgeist [google.co.uk] , Google Coop seems like an effort to actively incorporate user feedback into their search engine. No word about this in the Google Blog yet [blogspot.com] .

And we don't have to pay you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15308337)

So... if everyone will collaborate with Google to quench everyone's thirst for knowledge... then we can rule the world without having to pay for it!!! Screw outsourcing... we'll insource and save even more!!!

I, for one, welcome our new altruistic overlords! (all 42 of them)

The World According to Google! (4, Interesting)

53cur!ty (588713) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308348)

Look for it soon in a Theater near you! And what is wrong with this picture...Google Desktop only runs on Windows? What about Linux??

What about Linux?? (1)

MarkByers (770551) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308395)

For Linux there is Beagle [beaglewiki.org] .

Re:The World According to Google! (1)

Wylfing (144940) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308962)

And what is wrong with this picture...Google Desktop only runs on Windows? What about Linux??

I'm sure the Google engineers would be happy to make a Linux version, but this is not about cool new technology, it is about corporate warfare. Google have to target Windows with these things to establish a bulwark against Vista. Then there is also Yahoo! to keep an eye on, who are also waging war on the Windows battleground.

No, you won't see anything but Windows supported anytime in the near future. It'll take the breaking of the MS monopoly to have otherwise.

Not useful (2, Insightful)

slusich (684826) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308359)

Most of these are things I'd never use, with the exception of Notebook.
I'm looking forward to that app, as I'm constantly scribbling notes when doing research on the web. As long as the implementation is decent then it's something I'll use nearly every day. It's probably the only app that most people would find any use for. The others are cool in a geeky kind of way, but nothing I'd probably ever even look at.

Re:Not useful (1)

klenwell (960296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309089)

Yes, the notebook app does sound interesting.

When I first started using blogger a couple years ago (before even Google acquired it), I started using it as a virtual notebook of sorts. It required a bit of imagination, but made for a handy sort of makeshift user-friendly-ish remote fileserver that I could access easily from both home and campus. While doing that, this was the sort of app that I envisioned.

Now what about G-drive? Is this the first step?

Tom

Tibet (4, Interesting)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308378)

That's funny, it doesn't let me compare searches for "falun gong" or "dalai lama" between, say google.co.uk and google.cn.

Must be a bug of some sort, after all, censorship is evil, right? Right?

Re:Tibet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15308878)

Logic can help you out here.

Google does no evil.

Google does censorship.

Only logical conclusion is that censorship is not evil. Everything is so clear in life when the one assumption you make is that you can do no wrong!

Re:Tibet (3, Insightful)

D H NG (779318) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309040)

Yeah, the number of people in China using those English terms to search must be overwhelming.

Search for NASA (1)

brewer13210 (821462) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308385)

Holy smokes...a search for NASA shows that the US isn't even in the top 10 regions for the search. I guess interest in the space program in the US has fallen to almost nothing.

Todd

Re:Search for NASA (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308423)

Just wait until the ISS falls on The Big Easy Swimming Pool.

KFG

Re:Search for NASA (2, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308502)

There's obviously something wrong there -- compare the results for cities and regions. Unless rural Colombians and Turks are absolutely obsessed with NASA, I don't see how those rankings could possibly both be accurate. (The spike in Mexico City is South Park-related, I'd guess...?)

Re:Search for NASA (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308641)

Perhaps that's related to who's goofing off at work [google.com] the most.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Search Engine? (1)

fusto99 (939313) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308409)

First thing in the article:"Yes, we are still all about search" [blogspot.com] . So THAT is what google is! I almost forgot!

Let the "fair use" lawsuits begin (4, Interesting)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308428)

This personal browser tool permits users to clip text, images, and links from the pages they're browsing, save them to an online 'notebook' that is accessible from any computer, and share them with others. I'm getting the impression that Google is gonna have to go through some heavy flak to get this one off the ground. They've already been in the spotlight for caching copyrighted images and such.

Re:Let the "fair use" lawsuits begin (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308546)

In the spotlight, but so far they've won every argument that what they're doing is fair-use.

Fix bugs in Picasa2 !?!? (4, Interesting)

cpuh0g (839926) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308435)

It would be nice if they would maintain some of the products they already spewed out or at least issued the occasional bug fix. Picasa2 is a real nice little tool (great for quick fixes and for organizing photos), but it has alot of annoying little bugs that don't seem to have workarounds yet and they have been very slow about releasing updates for it.

Re:Fix bugs in Picasa2 !?!? (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308562)

You must be new here and not know that everything from Google is in beta. Expect the bugs. ;)

Google Notebook competitors? (2, Interesting)

madro (221107) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308452)

Any thoughts from users of Tinderbox or DEVONThink? I'm actually trying to set up a system to organize my rather scattered writing/research efforts, and as I'm looking over the options, this announcement occurs.

My hope is that Notebook is the result of a bunch of PhDs at Google using these other products and thinking, "Hey, we should offer something like that!" Then we might expect some sort of interoperability, or at least import/export -- it would be nice to do stuff in a campus lab and then dump the results to my laptop for later work (unless Notebook is so great I never need advanced functionality from other products). Google Calendar can work with Apple's iCal because they both use the same standard, but there's no such standard AFAIK for the things Notebook would do. (other than plain old text files)

Far more importantly (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308465)

Why is "Chuck Norris" the #1 search term in Poland [google.com] ?

Seriously. What the hell?

Re:Far more importantly (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308529)

Why is "Chuck Norris" the #1 search term in Poland?

Because Chuck Norris has already roundhouse kicked all the people in the important countries and the Poles know they're next.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:Far more importantly (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308598)

Why is "Chuck Norris" the #1 search term in Poland?

The relevance of this does not become obvious until you note the absence of searching for Jessica Alba, Hillary Duff or Britney Spears.

KFG

Whats the point? (3, Insightful)

rossdee (243626) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308471)

" Google Notebook is a simple way for users to save and organize their thoughts when conducting research online."

I dont see the need for an online text editor. Why not use on your own machine? Its faster, and your thoughts are (mostly) private.

Re:Whats the point? (2, Insightful)

Cliff.Braun (825786) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308786)

I have to write a bunch of papers and at various times I end up in, say, a library away from my own machine, I can email myself links, but that's clumsy and a pain in the ass. If this worked well I'd be all over it, I move around too much for a normal clipboard. Another thing would be nice is when i am working with someone and in order to pass a url I just point them to the google page we've been using all day rather then trying to email or dictate. I just wish it was out this week, by next week I won't need it for a few months.

Re:Whats the point? (4, Insightful)

.com b4 .storm (581701) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308853)

Accessibility from anywhere, and the possibilities of collaboration - those are the key draws to something like this. I'm a university student, and I organize pretty much all of my work online using Backpack [backpackit.com] , and write most of my short papers with Writely [writely.com] . There's computers all over campus, and at work, so no matter where I am, I have my projects with me. Plus both of those sites allow for collaboration with people when I need it.

Sure, I could carry stuff around on a USB drive (and for critical things where I can't rely on there being net access, I do so). Then you've got the issue of whether a given program is installed, or whether I'm allowed to use the drive (some public terminals on campus do not allow you to use USB drives, since they're strictly for checking e-mail and the like).

For 'mobile' people, having your data online and manageable on there is very attractive. With the exception of very elaborate work like research papers and such, pretty much everything I do for my classes is kept online somewhere.

Re:Whats the point? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308854)

I dont see the need for an online text editor. Why not use on your own machine? Its faster, and your thoughts are (mostly) private.

Because social networking and group collaboration are all the rage these days. Google buying up Dodgeball, using group accessable/editable calendars, and adding yet another piece to the Google All-Online OS puzzle.

Personally, I use the Google Calendars in a group setting for both the Minnesota Geocaching Association [mngca.org] to offer people an easy way to have our events listed on their calendars while also allowing other people in our group to add their own (or other) events that I might have missed myself. My wife and I have a shared calendar that we use to keep track of our own events and that way I don't have to have 15 e-mails to her about any particular item I forgot from three months ago.

If only Markspace's Missing Sync would work properly w/all of my Google Calendars and get it onto my Sidekick. Then I'd be really set ;)

Re:Whats the point? (1)

El Kevbo (81125) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309114)

Why not use on your own machine?

Because I want to be able to use it from anywhere.

Its [sic] faster, and your thoughts are (mostly) private

When I am collaborating with others, I don't want my thoughrs to be private - I want to share them. Or maybe I just want to share them anyway in case someone finds them interesting or useful. And maybe someone else will have something to add.

I really hope that Google Notebook has bibliographic features built in to it. I'm using a pilot implementation of WIKINDX [sourceforge.net] because it allows me to:

  1. Take notes
  2. Associate bibliographic information with those notes
  3. Share them

I'd really like Google to leverage their brainpower to automate most or all of the bibliographic information gathering and input. I'd love to throw a URL at Google Notebook and have it figure out (or make really good guesses about) the author, publication date, title, etc. And it would have to be able to format that information in different ways (APA, MLA, etc.) and export it in different formats (BibTex, EndNote, etc.) but that should be relatively easy as those are all well-defined formats.

I predict... (1, Troll)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308480)

...that next week there will be an article on Slashdot to the effect that Google has announced new services.

Kewl (2, Insightful)

infradead (411971) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308495)

Google Co-op beta is a community where users can contribute their knowledge and expertise to improve Google search for everyone.

So they're going to start eliminating blatant spam when it's reported? Kewl!

Re:Kewl (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308608)

So they're going to start eliminating blatant spam when it's reported? Kewl!

Can I report blatant misspellings as well?

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:Kewl (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309301)

Either that, or they're going to give spammers another forum for screwing things up for the rest of us... *sigh*

Sex query (4, Interesting)

ebob9 (726509) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308563)

Anyone else notice that the language that searched for 'Sex' the most is Arabic? There's a joke there somewhere, but I'm not doing it..

http://www.google.com/trends?q=sex&ctab=3&date=all &geo=all [google.com]

Re:Sex query (1)

wandm (969392) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308993)

No not a joke at all.

What is secret is exciting. In islamic, conservative, strict countries people really are searching for "sex" more than anywhere else.

They can't see too many naked female bodies in Saudi-Arabia or Pakistan. They should really appreciate the west a bit for exporting that imagery straight to their homes!

Re:Sex query (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15309252)

There is no joke. A greater percentage of the Arabic world is searching for "sex" than the percentage of the English world that is searching for the same word. The tab for "Regions" is interesting too.

Another failed google-app.... (2, Funny)

flyweight_of_fury (972871) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308579)

A search for common sense [google.com] results in the top city being Washington!? Yeah... sure...

Re:Another failed google-app.... (2, Funny)

zerosix (962914) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308709)

That sounds about right...when you lack common sense you search for it!

Re:Another failed google-app.... (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309078)

Naturally, those who have common sense don't need to go looking for it. Those without it need to find it. So it makes perfect sense that Washington needs to find it.

Nothing compares... (1)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308601)

Nothing can even come close to being as cool as Google Earth, I have wasted days and days on that program just looking at crazy stuff around the world. I would love to see them top themselves though and come out with more cool stuff, god knows the have the expertise to make it happen.

Detailed summary and how to use Google Co-op (2, Informative)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308615)

Google Blogoscoped had excellent coverage [outer-court.com] of the Press Day ... and today posted a very informative step-by-step of how to use Google Co-op. [outer-court.com]

java c# perl c++ c (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15308675)

Wait.... (1)

zerosix (962914) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308686)

Google Desktop 4? and it's still beta???

Slashdot, digg (0, Redundant)

anandpur (303114) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308807)

Re:Slashdot, digg (1)

16384 (21672) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309341)

I did that search too and was surprised by the result...

In related news.. .. (1)

Arwing (951573) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308820)

Google also announce a sponsor deal with the hit music group, ggg G Unit!

Google Trends (5, Interesting)

TastyCakes (917232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308837)

Yeah google trends seems pretty cool, but 2 things spring to mind.

1)There must be some kind of scaling going on with the numbers, no? How could a country like Pakistan with about 1.7 million internet users have more searches for "Sex" than the US with over 200 million internet users? Similar sitatuation for uncommon languages. Is the data done as a percentage of total searches from that region or in that language?

2)Is the city thing actually accurate? At university, google maps used to figure out I was in Vancouver no problem, but now I'm in Calgary and it doesn't even center on Canada. Wouldn't maps and trends try and figure out my location in the same manner (I would guess by the location of my ISP)

odd results (1)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309122)

Yeah, there are some unexpected results here and there, such as the one you mention, or girls [google.com] , where Pakistan (leading by far), India, Australia, NZ all come before the UK or US, and yet there is not a single Pakistani city in the top 10 list...

At the bottom, there is the disclaimer: Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. It is based upon just a portion of our searches, and several approximations are used when computing your results. Please keep this in mind when using it.

Re:Google Trends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15309144)

Is the data done as a percentage of total searches from that region or in that language?
Yes.

Google needs integration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15308879)

Google has a lot of neat tools, but there is no cohesion between them. For instance it would be nice to have your contact list available in Calendar, etc. I'm still waiting for a complete packages and not just "beta".

What about IMAP for GMail? (1, Troll)

Cocoronixx (551128) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308922)

Subject says it all. IMAP is just such a better protocol for mail retrieval from multiple sources.

UK is #1 for porn (1)

muzik (748780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15308969)

UK holds the Top three [google.com] cities searching for porn.... Way to go Manchester!

Re:UK is #1 for porn (1)

RalphSleigh (899929) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309225)

Uh Brentford is a suburb in London, not a city, makes me scared of going there though...

mod \Up (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15309053)

wiki (1)

null-sRc (593143) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309079)

this sounds very similar to wiki... too bad they didn't integrate with them instead.

Re:wiki (1)

TastyCakes (917232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309148)

I think it's more like de.licio.us than wiki. You don't write articles, you just recommend links to them. At least I think that's how it works..

issue of trust (1)

know1 (854868) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309081)

"This personal browser tool permits users to clip text, images, and links from the pages they're browsing, save them to an online 'notebook' that is accessible from any computer, and share them with others."

for example, if you are a chinese journalist, your files could be shared with the authorities.
i don't trust google anymore i'm afraid.

Re:issue of trust (1)

TastyCakes (917232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309237)

Perhaps they won't release it on China google for fear of having the information requisitioned by the chinese government. They did that for gmail. Fortunately the average user is not a "chinese journalists nor anyone whose "browsing notes" are of interest to anyone. I suspect the same applies to you.

What I don't like about Google Co-op (2, Insightful)

The Pim (140414) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309258)

Way back when they started, what was Google's killer insight? That there was information out there on the Web (the link structure) that could be used to improve search results. What's the premise of Google co-op? That people will feed information to Google that can be used to improve search results. See the big difference? In the first case, the information is public, and generated as a side-effect of making the Web more useful generally (by creating helpful links); in the second, the information is owned by Google, and only Google can make use of it directly.

It doesn't have to be this way: Google could have told people how to publish this information themselves, on their web pages. It certainly has the ability to scrounge data from myriad sites. This way, more uses could be made of the information: browsers could display it, other search engines could build it into their results, and anyone could build a novel application (you could imagine this being what makes the semantic web take off). I would argue that not only is Google being selfish with their design, but ultimately making the wrong choice for themselves, because the more useful information is, the more of it people will generate.

The same criticism holds for Google Base.

Funniest trend results (1)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15309296)

Washington is obsessed with 'terrorism' (is this the extent of the U.S. intelligence effort?):

http://www.google.com/trends?q=terrorism&ctab=0&da te=all&geo=all [google.com]

While the Arab world is far more preoccupied with something else entirely:

http://www.google.com/trends?q=sex&ctab=0&date=all &geo=all [google.com]
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