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Google Search Snippets : Jump To a Section Of a Webpage

The meta description tag is responsible for showing users a short snippet of text in the SERP’s. Earlier, we have seen Google experimenting with search boxes in search result pages. Recently, Google has improved the way search snippets are shown and they have added two new features worth noting.

Earlier search Snippets

The earlier search snippets showed a few lines of text that matched with the users web query. A point to ponder is that the snippet might not match exactly with the content of the meta description tag, especially for long tail searches. Normally, the search snippet showed what the page is all about by excerpting relevant text around the webpage where the users query appeared.

Improved search snippets

The earlier snippets were helpful, but it would have been more beneficial if a user could jump to the section of a webpage which appeared more meaningful to his search terms. This is exactly the improvement seen in the new search snippets at Google.

For example :When I searched at Google regarding Indian culture I was shown the following result:

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Clicking the title of the search result opens the Wikipedia page, but have a look at the links in the bottom. These are the links to relevant and important sections of the same page. These links allow the user to navigate to the important section of the webpage more quickly.

The second feature added in the search snippet is rather surprising. Sometimes you may be presented with a jump tofollowed by a link right inside the description of a search result.

For example, Searching for the query “good cholesterol level” shows you the following result:

link-in-description-snippet As you can see, a link has been added right in the description of the search result, so that the user can find the information more quickly and directly.

For more information and resources, consult the official Google blog and the Google webmaster central blog. And do not forget to enhance Google search results with Greasemonkey scripts.

What’s your take on the new search snippets at Google ? Share your ideas with us in the comments.

DroidDoes: Verizon Takes a Potshot at iPhone

The iPhone is definitely a darling of several people. To be frank, I loved the touch interface on the iPod touch, and found it much better than any other touch phone I have used. That said, iPhone still does not do several things that a Smartphone is actually supposed to do. It lacks basic features, such as multitasking and running simultaneous applications.

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In the past, the iPhone has come under direct attack from its competitors, including a cheezy ad by Blackberry, to which Apple gave an fitting response. This time around Verizon are aiming their guns at Apple, with a promotion called DroidDoes, which ridicules the lack of features in iPhone, and promotes their own still secretphone based on Android.

Reports from TechCrunch suggest, that the so called secret phone is basically an upcoming Smartphone from Motorola, which has a slideout QWERTY keyboard and 5 megapixels camera. The phone runs on Google’s Android 2.0 mobile OS, which is why the campaign is named DroidDoes. According to Boy Genius Report, the phone will be released on October 30th 2009.

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The fact that Apple had recently rejected the Google Voice app from the app store, and the name of the campaign DroidDoes, makes us wonder whether Google themselves are playing some part in the campaign to ridicule the iPhone. It would be funny to see, how Apple responds to this direct attack. However, don’t expect a strong reply like the Blackberry ad, as this time around, they are being attacked at what they cannot do, rather than what others do better.

What are your thoughts about the new Verizon campaign? Do share them with us, by commenting on the post.

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Google Chrome OS Event Tomorrow

We had earlier told you that Google was planning to unveil the highly anticipated Google Chrome OS in mid-October. It turns out that they are quite on schedule.

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According to PC World,  Google is planning to unveil more details about OS in an engineering open day conference to be held tomorrow in their Mountain View headquarters, San Francisco.

It looks like we will finally have some concrete details about how Chrome OS will look and perform like. However, don’t expect much details to flow out of that meet.

Google Chrome OS has been a victim of the several fake leaks, in the form of leaked videos and several fake pictures floating around the internet. Let us wait and hope that  we get enough details tomorrow to find out what Google Chrome OS will actually be.

Google Chrome OS is scheduled to hit the netbook market in late 2010, however, knowing Google, it might just popup earlier than the scheduled release.

Google Introduces Building Maker To Google Earth

You might have seen on Google Earth, that there are lots of amazing 3D buildings around the globe. Are you wondering how those superb buildings and sky scrapers are made? Then Google answered you today.

Google has launched a new plug-in for Google Earth called Google Building maker. With this new tool released by Google, you can create your own buildings and submit them to the Google team. Google team reviews them and   your building will be published on Google Earth.

Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It is easy and fun to use the tool. Here is how it works,

  • You should select a city from around the world.
  • Google provides you some photos. You have to start creating buildings with those.
  • After completing, save it and Google will review it.
  • That’s it! Your building is on Google Earth! Simple, isn’t it?

Details On Resources That Google Gives For Creating Buildings

Basically, Google gives you some well designed 3D models and aerial view photos of some buildings. You need to use these resources to create new buildings. Google will be introducing about 50 cities at the beginning and will later go on increasing the number.

Models you create will be saved live in the Google 3D Warehouse, an online repository for 3D models

Watch this video for better understanding:

Google Reader Secret Feature – Ninja Mode

Even though there are many feed readers, like Feed Demon and the rest, for reading feeds, I use Google Reader always as I love its simple interface. Recently, when I was browsing, I found a cool feature in Google Reader. I tried this out in the reader and enjoyed it a lot. So, I thought of sharing this with you people, in case you do not know.

Go to the Google Reader. Hit the following keys in the below given order only.

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT,   LEFT, RIGHT, B, A

You will get a ninja feature in the sidebar of the Google Reader. There is one more interesting and cool feature in this Ninja mode. Check out in this video.

To reverse this to normal, again use the same code given above. Do share your feelings about this cool feature through comments below.

Google Toolbar Now Supports Inline Translations

The latest version of Google toolbar supports inline translation of a webpage in multiple languages. This is good news for all those who want to read a webpage in their preferred language.

Inline language translation in Google toolbar

So how does the inline translation work? It is as simple as selecting your preferred language from the drop down list and clicking the translate button. When you are reading a webpage, Google toolbar can automatically detect it’s language. Just select the language you want to translate the page into and it’s done.

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Above is the translated version of a page translated using Google toolbar. The url of the resulting page does not change, unlike the one translated using Google language translation gadget. Also, Google Toolbar can remember your chosen language preferences and the next time you visit a page, it can auto-suggest the language conversion. Currently it supports 40 international languages.

Other new features

High quality website suggestions : As you type your query in the Google search box, Google toolbar shows you website suggestions and links. If the website link is present in your Google bookmarks or browsing history then clicking those links takes you directly to the home page of the query. If the link is not present in your browsing history and bookmarks then you are taken to the search result page of the query.

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Google Sidewiki : The new Google Toolbar allows users to add annotations and comments alongside any webpage they are viewing. Using an arrow icon from the sidebar users can add their views, likes and links about the webpage.

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Private browsing supported : As Firefox 3.5 introduced private browsing mode, Google Toolbar will not override this and all your web history, pagerank and Sidewiki data will be hidden when you are surfing in private browsing mode.

Download the latest version of Google Toolbar. Note that you can use Google toolbar with Chrome and Internet explorer as well.

Barcode – A Simple And Sweet Google Doodle

Google pays its respect to great events that took place in history by changing its logo. These creative Google logos are called as Doodles. Recently, on October 1st, Google paid its respect to Mahatma Gandhi, a well known freedom fighter from India.

Today, Google is celebrating the Invention of the Bar code, with its doodle representing a simple bar code.

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On October 7th 1952, a patent for the bar code was accepted and thus, the bar-code was invented.

The patent was issued on 7 October 1952 as US Patent 2,612,994. In 1951 Woodland and Johanson moved to IBM and continually tried to interest IBM in developing the system. The company eventually commissioned a report on the idea, which concluded that it was both feasible and interesting, but that processing the resulting information would require equipment that was some time off in the future.

Google Chrome OS May Arrive In Mid-October

Google Chrome OS is a much-awaited product from Google. Early this year in July, Google had introduced about their product in their blog. Google Blog stated the following about the OS,

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

This open source software is mainly targeted at netbooks. However, it is also compatible for PCs. It was scheduled for release to the public use in 2010.

Nevertheless, there are rumors that it may come to the market in this month only (mid-October or end of October). Now, this is exciting news for Google lovers out there.

Very recently, PC World, a popular tech magazine told that there might be chances of getting Google Chrome OS, built-in with Loongson laptops from China. Shanzai.com, a Chinese hardware blog said that there are chances of getting Google Chrome OS based devices in the mid-October or so.

However, Google has not reacted for any of these rumors. So, let us just wait and watch what happens and be glued to the updates.

Win Free Google Wave Invites

I am sure you would love to get your hands on this novel collaboration tool called Google Wave that has created a humungous hype and is tremendously trending in the intrepid internet. Alliterations aside, we are giving away invites to you, for free (as in gratis). Each Wave account has eight invitations (as you can see in the screenshot) , and the Techie Buzz team is happy to announce that we will be giving away up to twenty free Google Wave invites to Techie Buzz readers pooled in from all the Wave accounts of the Techie Buzz team.Invites

However, as always, there is a catch. You, reader, must leave a comment on this post or any of the other two posts linked to in this one telling us why you would want an invite. The best answers will be nominated for the invite as you can see from the screenie itself that the invites are not sent immediately. The specific words used by the Google Wave team are We have a lot of stamps to lick.

However, we will add the best comments to the invitation list. Do remember to put in your email ID when commenting (not in the body of the comment, but I am sure you knew that!)

As an added benefit, Tweeting any or all these posts might also increase your chances of getting an invite. So grab the opportunity now!

Update: Thanks for the overwhelming response. We have nominated some of the commentators for wave invites, we will be doing so for more of you in the next few days. Happy waving.

Google Wave: First Impressions

Like an excited little kid on his birthday, I practically squealed when I synced my mobile phone’s email client with my Gmail account and saw that a certain correspondent whose email ID was [email protected] sent me an email with the subject line Your invitation to preview Google Wave. I jumped out of bed, turned on my laptop and accepted the invite and started Wave-ing. It’s been a couple of hours since I woke up and I took a break only to brush my teeth and wash my face. I have been Wave-ing since seven in the morning (here).

Here, I present a visual journey through Wave, captured with screenshots. Since I have no contacts associated in Wave, I cannot tell you how it works as a collaboration platform. It does, however, look very interesting. So without further ado, here are the screenshots with explanations. Click through each picture to see a larger version.

Wave

The extreme left side is divided into two bars, Navigation and Contacts and reminds one of Gmail’s extreme left sidebar. The center is the message view with each message having the picture of the contact who is participating in the wave, while the extreme right bar is the Wave view. Doctor Wave is shown as a contact, while an embedded video of him introducing us to Google Wave is in the Wave bar. Notice the previewsubtitle to Google Wave on the top left.

NewWave

Clicking on new wave takes us to a composer that feels similar to Gmail’s rich text formatter. The screenshot gives an example of some of the features. The first line is the subject line of the Wave. Add participants to the wave by clicking the +’ button, or dragging contacts from the Contacts panel. Add tags and files at the bottom of the Wave for organizing and sharing information, respectively.

Reply

You can reply to a message by simply clicking the lower border of that message (known as a blip). The same formatting options are given, while a built-in spell checker allows you to correct your errors (more on this in a following screenie).

EmbedVideo

Copy paste a YouTube URL and voila, you get an option to embed the video! Some more multimedia can be embedded, methinks. For the sake of this post, I have stopped at just one.

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The final embedded video (of Monty Python, no less!) along with the spell checker (called Spelly) that manifests itself as a small blue button with a downward pointing arrow when your cursor hovers next to the wrongly spelled word.

Final Word:

Though it seems novel, it is not as much fun without contacts. I will be sending a few invites in due course of time and collaborate information with people to see how well Wave does as a collaboration platform. Check in again for a post detailing the collaborative prowess of Wave!

UPDATE:

For the Developer Preview, check this earlier post by Unitechy.

Google Internet Stats: Check Out the Latest Industry Facts and Insights

Google Internet Stats is a web resource which provides you with all the latest industry facts and insights. These facts are collected from various vendors which include BusinessWeek, Coke, Wall Street Journal, Comscore and many more.   It covers a wide range of topics like macro economics, consumer trends, technology, media consumption and media landscape.

It has a simple and easy-to-use interface. You can search the statistics, check out a random statistic and also submit a statistic.

Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7

Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7 Gmail Notifier Plus is an improved version of Gmail Notifier which has been developed from scratch by Baptise Girod. The basic purpose remains the same – alerting you whenever you have a new message. However, what sets Gmail Notifier Plus a part from the official Gmail Notifier is its tight integration with Windows 7.

Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7 Gmail Notifier Plus is portable software and doesn’t require any installation. The focus during development was clearly on simplicity and utility. Gmail Notifier works entirely from the Windows 7 Superbar (Taskbar). Hovering over the Gmail Notifier button reveals a thumbnail preview of your messages. Right clicking exposes the Jumplist which contains latest messages as well as common tasks like composing a mail and opening the inbox.

Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7

Gmail Notifier Plus supports multiple Gmail accounts and does its job brilliantly. It’s designed to remain out of your way. The only Window that you are going to come across while using Gmail Notifier is the Configuration Window. Everything else is done directly from the taskbar.

[ Download Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7 ]

Google Fast Flip Allows You To Flip Through The News

Google Fast Flip Google has gone ahead and released an experimental product that allows users to flip through pages of news as if they were reading a print magazine. The objective of Google Fast Flip is to enable you to quickly glance through the latest news updates. If you find the article interesting you can pause and read. Otherwise you can flip to the next page by simply clicking on the right arrow.

Fast Flip is an interesting concept. Initially google has signed up with three dozen top publishers, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Salon, Fast Company, ProPublica and Newsweek. Fast Flip displays partial screen grabs of each news instead of a textual excerpt. This has its own advantages and disadvantages. One one hand this allows the reader to get the gist of the story without reading the full story and may result in lost page-views for the publishers. On the other hand the visual presentation provides news publishers with more opportunities to attract readers. Google Fast Flip is also an unique opportunity for news publishers as this is the first time that Google is going to share revenues with the publishers.

Google Fast Flip

As far as users are concerned, I think it has some potential. It allows you to get a glimpse of the article and gives you a better idea about its content. However, I am not entirely sold on the concept. What do you think about it? Don’t forget to tell us. And check out Telegraph’s article if you want a slightly different take on Fast Flip.

Compare Results From Google and Google Caffeine

We told you about Google Caffeine when it was announced. Some people find the results from Caffeine much better while some people don’t find any differences. If you want to check it out for yourself how Google Caffeine is different from Google, I would highly recommend using this tool.

It lets you compare results from Google and Google Caffeine in the same browser window. You can either view them with a horizontal or a vertical split. I tried searching for “India” and found that Google Caffeine gave me 694 Million results in 19 seconds whereas Google gave me 453 Million results in 33 seconds.

The comparison would of course vary depending on the term you are searching for, but overall, it is a nice tool to see what Google Caffeine is all about and if it is really any better than Google.

How to Enable Opera-Like Smooth Scrolling In Google Chrome [Extensions]

Google Chrome Opera users know what it means to have smooth scrolling. When browsing ruthlessly through pages, smooth scrolling really helps as it feels more natural and makes the page movement fit well with the motion of your eyes. You had it on Opera? We have it on Chrome. Check it out:

You’ll need the latest developer build of Google Chrome and will need to change some shortcut urls, do check out the guide on enabling extension support in chrome.

After that’s done, download the extension from here. Chrome will automatically bring up a installation dialog once the download is finished. Click the Install Extension’ Button and then restart Google Chrome.

When Chrome is fired up again, you’ll have Smooth Scrolling working in full swing!