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Google’s Social Search

Google rolled out Google squared some time back, but did you know about the new Google social search experiment? Google has rolled out a new experiment on Google Labs called Google Social Search that helps you find more relevant public content from your broader social circle. I think It is now available for everyone to try out or will be by the end of the day. Here is the Demo.

Gene Golovchinsky expresses his opinion on the FXPAL blog.

Found this related post very entertaining “Google’s creepy Social Search: what creepy thing is google upto now?”


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Arpanet to Social web : A complete history of the web

Late summer Guardian began a project to tell the story of the internet using the internet. As a part of the project they asked all their readers to share their experiences of life online. Now they published an interactive documentary of  stories told and videos, alongside with guardian’s exclusive research and interviews with key figures.


“The development was not just the work of Arpa-funded computer scientists. Bulletin boards, Usenet and simple chat functions were also parents of the internet today. The interviews include people who put the technology to new uses – Dave Hughes, who turned the bulletin board to political purposes in Colorado Springs in the early 1980s (Roger’s Bar), or Richard Bartle at Essex University who co-created multi-user online gaming (MUD) in the late 1970s.”

View the interactive documentary

Read about the project


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Social web trends

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a new survey with some stats on people who are using Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and so on to give status updates to others, or see what others updates. Hee are some highlights

  • Some 19% of internet users now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others.
  • The more devices someone owns, the more likely they are to use Twitter or another service to update their status. Fully 39% of internet users with four or more internet-connected devices (such as a laptop, cell phone, game console, or Kindle) use Twitter, compared to 28% of internet users with three devices, 19% of internet users with two devices, and 10% of internet users with one device.
  • The median age of a Twitter user is 31, which has remained stable over the past year. The median age for MySpace is now 26, down from 27 in May 2008, and the median age for LinkedIn is now 39, down from 40. Facebook, however, is graying a bit: the median age for this social network site is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008.

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Via Designmind

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Economy + Internet trends

Came across Mary Meeker’s Economy & Internet Trends Presentation presented on 20th october 2009 at the web.2.0 summit at SF. The presentations seems quite insightful. Scroll down if you are not good with charts and graphs, and you will find analysis and conclusions.
Mary Meeker’s Internet Presentation 2009

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The Berlin Twitter wall

The city of berlin has launched a Living online memorial on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.


Go to Berlin Twitter wall . com

Via Design Mind

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Google wave and advertising opportunities

google-wave-logoGoogle wave was announced in May, and there has been a lot of buzz about the product including the beta test that took place recently. I came across a blog post on HHblog where they express a few ideas on how the wave could be used for advertising.

Here are some of the idea….

– Embed a Hulu player with this gadget, tune it into a new episode of The Office and engage in a discussion with other participants.

– Have an automatically updated RSS feed from your favorite blog.

– Make money advertising Amazon books with an affiliate widget…

– … or from a block of AdSense ads (at least while it’s not against the TOS).

– Add new functionality by adding a “Wave bot” — an automated participant in a conversation who, much like chatbots in instant messengers, perform certain functions when triggered by the content in the wave. To activate, simply add bot’s email address in the To: field. Here, BotURL automatically expands all links shortened with and tinyURL.

– Since you can add just about anything into a wave with this handy HTML Gadget, there is no reason why you can’t install a piece of analytics code. I quickly grabbed one from StatCounter and dropped it in. (Copy the gadget’s XML link, then click on the jigsaw icon in your Wave, and drop the link into the box that pops up.) The counter works just as it does with any other page; you too can view live stats of this wave.

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Via Ad Lab

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