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Google Labs is always hard at working churning new and innovative app made by Google employees in their 20% time. And this time, there’s a whole flurry of apps that you just might be interested in. They have recently announced some really cool apps that just might get your attention. Try them while they are still fresh!!
We love our Gmail, and we have another reason to. As announced, Gmail calling(only available in the U.S.) is now free till the end of 2011. And all in the spirit of giving, don’t you love that?
As we approach a new year of 2011, Google has posted a blog post on how it went green in the year 2010. It is interesting to see how committed Google to going green and it is implied that we can see more efforts by Google to be even greener next year.
It now no longer called Gmail Beta — Gmail will now sufice — as Google officially takes off the Beta label from Gmail which was in beta for 5 years. Not any great update, but the beta culture had been all with rage with most of the Google products and have formed an internet convention on its own. Think and beta and you think of Google. And interestingly, Google also launched a function called “Back To Beta” which puts back the beta sticker to your Gmail so it has “never” left beta.
In case, you did not know, Michael Jackson, the “King Of Pop” just passed away yesterday and we are really sad on the loss of such a great pop-star. Many users on the web must have felt the same too, as Google searches about Michael Jackson exploded on Google yesterday. Here is a chart showing the search trend yesterday and here is Google explaining the trend:
Search volume began to increase around 2:00pm, skyrocketed by 3:00pm, and stabilized by about 8:00pm. As you can see in Google Hot Trends, many of the fastest rising search queries from yesterday and today have been about Michael Jackson’s passing (others pertained to the death of another cultural icon, Farrah Fawcett). People who weren’t near a computer yesterday turned to their mobile phones to check on breaking news. We saw one of the largest mobile search spikes we’ve ever seen, with 5 of the top 20 searches about the Moonwalker. The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack. As a result, for about 25 minutes yesterday, when some people searched Google News they saw a “We’re sorry” page before finding the articles they were looking for.
This undeniably show the amount of global interest on Michael Jackson and how Google could have been better prepared to deal with it. Here is a song video in his tribute — Heal The World that we found was one of his best songs. More song and videos can be found on his YouTube Channel.
Maybe reading a mail might take up much of your time and you want to know more about how to be more efficient and quicker in managing your mails. That’s why Gmail’s latest new update: Become a Gmail Ninja which offers many Gmail tips and tricks might be very useful. The tips are categorized by ninja belts — depending on the mail you get everyday, you will see which belt you fall under. And for those who need a handy reference to pin to your wall, you can buy a laminated guide or print one out yourself (the free ones are all out) Kinda what Gmail newbies are looking for — let me know what belt you have attained.
All For Good is the latest initiative by Google to bring volunteerism to the next level. Many organizations offer community service, but the problem is that it takes much time and effort to find all these organizations across many sources. All For Good helps to ease this problem by providing a search platform for users to help you find these volunteer activities within their community as well as share these events with their friends. We liked this initiative as it is a great open and free platform for people to find volunteer activities and for organizations to reach out to them. The ability to connect with social networking as well as search also makes All For Good a good model on how Web 2.0 can improve charity. What is your take on All For Good: be sure to comment and tell us.