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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Google : New Announcements

Marc Hedlund writes about the new products from Google, discussed at the Google Factory Tour.

- AdSense for Feeds - announced by Jason Shellen of Blogger fame; works with any RSS feed.
- Google Earth - announced by John Hanke, founder of Keyhole; unreleased software; new name for Keyhole product launching in a few weeks; new global database; Sergey: "I've never been to the Grand Canyon, and now I don't have to go"; new dataset, much better resolution; integrates 3D mapping data with Google search, so you can type in a search term and go to it; also integrates with driving directions; very impressive demo.
- Fusion - announced by Marissa Mayer; - one centralized place for all your data; announcing first of the "fusion" products; Google personalized home page; toggle between classic and personalized; benefits: easy to set up, clean, crips, "Googley" integrates across Google products; 1-2 months will accepts any rss feed into your home page, effectively a feed reader; nice ajax editing and drag and drop rearrangement; doesn't yet seem like this is any more than my yahoo.
Some interesting responses from Google team.
- Q-what do you think you're doing that my yahoo isn't doing? A-critical mass of push-style applications, different than MyY! by being easier to set up;
- Q-why not more than just the feeds listed there? A-we launched this today, universal RSS support will follow.
Om Malik points out In past six years the google index has grown by 250 times from about 30 million pages to 8 billion pages, and has added more than 50 new features, and genre based products. Glinden points to a link providing the complete set of presentation slides used by Google in the tour.Google indeed seems to be on the move - though competition several of the products/services they are announcing now have hot the market months back.

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