February 22nd, 2011 | by Custom Search Team | published in Google Custom Search
In the past several months we’ve added several new features to Google Custom Search – and we have you to thank! More than a year ago, we told you about a new Google Custom Search Product Ideas page, and since then you’ve voted thousands of times …
February 18th, 2011 | by miriam | published in Google Student Blog
[Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog and Google Lat Long blog]When I was in elementary school, I got two days off every February; one for George Washington and another for Abraham Lincoln. I remember classrooms were usually wallpapered with a po…
February 17th, 2011 | by Google Chrome Blog | published in Google Chrome
February 16th, 2011 | by Brian Shih | published in Google Reader
Posted by Brian Shih, Product Manager
Today we’re excited to announce some updates to the official Google Reader app for Android. Over the last couple of months, we’ve added some of your most-requested features:
- Unread count widget – choose any feed, label, person, or “all items” and get the unread count on your home screen. Clicking on the widget takes you to straight to that stream.
- News ticker widget – if you prefer a bit more information, you can add a larger size widget that cycles through items on any stream you want in Reader. Clicking any headline will take you to the article, while clicking the folder will take you to that stream.
- Mark previous as read – if you’ve used the mobile version of Reader before and missed this feature, it’s now back! As you scroll down your reading list, hit “Mark previous as read” at any time to only mark things above the screen as read.
In addition to these new features, thanks to 20%-ers Alexey Retunski and Anton Vayvod’s support, we now have an official Russian translation as well.
We hope you enjoy the updates – give it a try! You can download the app in all countries from the Android Market. The Google Reader app is available for devices running Android 1.6 or higher, with widget functionality available for devices on Android 2.2+.
February 16th, 2011 | by Google Grants Team Member | published in Google Grants
If you’re a non-profit organization who has created one or more amazing videos in the past year, we have good news for you. For the second year in a row, YouTube is teaming up with See3 Communications to present the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards, a celebration of the best non-profit video on the site.
Whether you created a high-definition documentary about street slums in India or shot a quirky cellphone video of rescue dogs at your animal shelter, we encourage you to submit your video at www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards. We’ll award prizes like $2500 grants from the Case Foundation, Flip Cams, free admission to the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and a spotlight on the YouTube homepage to small, medium and large organizations, plus a special award for the “Best Thrifty Video”.
To give you a sense of what works, here are the finalists’ videos from last year’s competition:
The deadline to enter is March 2, 2010 and you must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program at the time of judging, to enter. Good luck!
Posted by Ramya Raghavan, YouTube Team
February 16th, 2011 | by miriam | published in Google Student Blog
[Cross-posted from the Google Lat-Long Blog]
Katie is an Electrical and Computer Engineering student at University of Colorado, Boulder. She loves to use My Maps and her favorite map is one she created to keep track of her world travels, with all the c…
February 16th, 2011 | by Ariel | published in Google Orkut
A good movie, popcorn, and your best friends. This weekend, Orkut helps make your movie choice a little simpler. Presenting to you, the Orkut Box Office – Your one stop shop for movie reviews, latest updates and free tickets!For Orkut users in Mumbai, …
February 16th, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google News
Posted by Lee Shirani, director, business product management, Google Commerce(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)At Humboldt University in Berlin today, Eric Schmidt announced Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices…
February 15th, 2011 | by Picasa Team | published in Google Photos (Picasa)
Posted by Ping Chen, Software Engineer For some of you, many of your memories are based around a place. It could be a cherished family cabin, an iconic landmark or a trip to an exotic locale. In Picasa Web Albums, you can leverage the GPS technology b…
February 15th, 2011 | by Google Grants Team Member | published in Google Grants
Cross posted on the Inside AdWords Blog
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out city targeting in 12 additional countries to help you reach more customers in local markets with your AdWords campaigns. With this expansion, city targeting will now be available to AdWords advertisers in 34 countries. In addition, we’re also announcing the ability to target regions in Argentina.
The countries with new city and region targeting options in AdWords are:
Argentina (region targeting only), Austria, Brazil, China (coming soon), Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland (coming soon), Hungary (coming soon), Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine
Location targeting helps you tailor your ads toward specific markets, analyze your AdWords campaigns by market, and optimize your campaigns for higher return-on-investment (ROI). Now, you can go a level deeper and optimize the performance of your AdWords campaign at the city level.
For example, let’s say your organization operates in Mexico. You conduct a campaign level analysis and learn that you’re getting more conversions from big cities, such as Mexico City, than from rural areas. Here are a few steps that you can take to optimize your AdWords campaign:
1. Run an AdWords geographic report or Analytics report to determine where your users are located and where you’re getting your most valuable traffic.
2. Adjust your campaign setup:
- Run a campaign targeting cities bringing in the most traffic and increase the bids on the keywords in that campaign to maximize your impressions in those cities.
- Consider setting up a regionally (or nationally) targeted campaign with potentially lower bids on the same keywords to capture additional traffic from outside your top-performing cities.
3. Adjust bids accordingly to optimize for the highest campaign ROI.
We hope that with the expansion of city targeting, advertisers in more countries will be able to reach their local users more effectively. Visit the AdWords Help Center to learn more about getting started with this feature.
Posted by Gordon Zhu, AdWords Team
New Chrome extension: block sites from Google’s web search results
February 14th, 2011 | by Google Chrome Blog | published in Google Chrome
Today the Google web search team launched a new Chrome extension to block low-quality sites from appearing in Google’s web search results. Read more in the post below, cross-posted from the Official Google Blog. – EdWe’ve been exploring different a…
February 14th, 2011 | by miriam | published in Google Student Blog
(Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)
This Valentine’s Day, tell your friends, family or significant other that you love them with a fun message from Google Maps.Location can be a powerful trigger of memories—from the Italian place in San Francisco…
February 14th, 2011 | by Luke M | published in Google Maps
We publish a comprehensive changelog of all upda…
February 11th, 2011 | by Sheila Parker | published in Google Affiliate Network, Uncategorized
We are pleased to announce that Google Affiliate Network publishers can now take advantage of a new Google product API — a simple yet powerful programmatic interface — to make it easier to access and integrate product data from Google Affiliate Netwo…
February 11th, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google Voice
Roses are so 2010. Whether you see your special someone every day or you’re in a long distance relationship, Google Voice gives you a bunch of one-of-a-kind ways to let your sweetheart know that you’re thinking about them on Valentine’s Day.Recor…