Will Facebook video replace YouTube?

This week there has been a lot of buzz about Facebook video plays.  Since incorporating their video auto-play feature earlier this year, the number of video plays has increased by 50%.  They are claiming a billion video views per day, with two thirds of those being on mobile devices.

While that’s nothing to sneeze at, there are a couple of points to consider. Continue reading “Will Facebook video replace YouTube?”

Google Reader alternatives

As is their custom, Google is killing off their Google Reader RSS feed aggregator on July 1 due to their inability to monetize the service.  Here are a handful of alternatives. Continue reading “Google Reader alternatives”

Google Launches ‘The Google’ For Older Adults

The popular search engine Google announced plans Friday to launch a new site, TheGoogle.com, to appeal to older adults not able to navigate the original website’s single text field and two clearly marked buttons.

“The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses,” said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. “All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ‘thegoogle.com,’ and press ‘return’ – although it will also recognize http.wwwthegoogle.com, google.aol, and ‘THEGOOGLE’ typed into a Word document.”

Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet Website.com as the most popular search engine for users over 55

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Grooviest Program Ever*

*Until something better comes along

Emily noted that I hadn’t written anything in a while, so here you go 🙂

I’m sure most people have, at one point or another, stumbled across one of the various satellite mapping sites where you can see your neighborhood from a 100 mile up perspective. Well, Google Earth takes this three or four steps forward. It is an interactive model of the *entire* earth in 3D utilizing satellite photos and terrain altitude data, and you can roam the earth freely – zooming in close enough to where you can see individual houses in some cases.

From the site:

– Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in
– Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
– Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
– Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

My favorite spot so far is the Grand Canyon.

Check it out – it’s free!

Fortune: “Why Google Scares Bill Gates”

An interesting read… while I’m not part of the “Micro$oft is the DEBIL!!!” crowd, they are at their most productive/interesting when threatened. Netscape lit a fire under them a decade ago, and it looks like it’s now Google’s turn.

Technology – Why Google Scares Bill Gates – FORTUNE