Archive for February, 2009

Google News With Ads: Live
Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Google News has started to show advertisement next to certain results in the US. In the screen shot above notice the ads that shows up for the query iphone. If you are currently outside the US, you can reproduce this using a proxy.
I can’t think of any reason why Google took so much time [...]

Google Apps Status: Dashboard
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Are you worried about past and present downtimes of Google’s applications? The Apps Status Dashboard lists various Google apps (like Gmail, Google Calendar, or Google Sites) and shows the availability status for different days.
Google Writes:
We’re pleased to announce today the availability of the Google Apps Status Dashboard. Customers can use this Status Dashboard to check [...]

Yahoo Results Show Image Ads: in SERP
Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Yahoo now integrates imagery in its search result ads. You can try to search for pedigree, and you’ll see a video thumbnail inviting you to play a video. If you click on it and a commercial expands within the Pedigree-sponsored banner area. A search for staples on the other hand results in a mere accompanying [...]

Gmail With Custom Colors:
Thursday, February 19th, 2009

You can now make Gmail as ugly or pretty as you want – by choosing your own colors. Go to Gmail -> Settings -> Themes, and click “Choose your own colors”. This opens a window where you can configure a template with instant preview. Hit Save & Close, and Gmail will appear in your custom [...]

AdSense Font: Customize your Ad Font
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Great news for all adsense publishers. Now you can now set AdSense ads to a custom font. You can only choose between Arial, Times New Roman, and Verdana at the moment (and this is restricted to Latin-character languages, Google reports in their blog post). Right now, ads typically default to a non-serif font, and for [...]

Duplicate Listing: in Google Search Results
Monday, February 16th, 2009

It has seen that Google often lists duplicate results in their search engine results page. Even though Google is always against duplicate content & strongly advices webmasters not to use duplicate content on their website — now Google seems to be breaking their own rule. Try searching for “checkbox” in google and you will [...]

Google Spreadsheets Data Validation: in Google Docs
Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Google Spreadsheets which is a major part of Google Docs, has recently launched a brand new feature called – cell content validation. For instance, you can easily select a column which is supposed to contain email addresses only. Now pick Tools -> Data Validation from the menu. You’ll be offered to restrict the cell content [...]

Display Your Geo Location: in Your Gmail Signature
Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Gmail has recently came up with a cool new feature inside the Gmail Labs which lets you add your location to your email signature just like the screen shot above.
Here is how you can enable this feature:
– Firstly, Log-in to Gmail and switch to the Labs
– Scroll [...]

YouTube Annotations: How to Turn Off
Friday, February 13th, 2009

YouTube annotations are the text overlays on top of the standard YouTube videos which were introduced in June 2008 (don’t confuse it with YouTube captions). They can get pretty annoying at times for the viewers, but the good news is now there’s an option to turn them off. Log in to YouTube and select Account [...]

Google Advance Image Search: Restrict to specific Width and Height
Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Google’s advanced image search now includes a special option to restrict results to a certain width and height (you need to enter both values to make this work). The syntax that will be added to your query is e.g. imagesize:500×400