“The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program will provide $20,000 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to six promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media.”
What Are The 20 Most Expensive Keyword Categories In Google AdWords?: I feel like this list and its evolution over time provides us with a really depressing mirror directed at our commercial society.
“11. Conference Call”
Google Prediction API: Seems like a useful resource for building inexpensive personalization tools for news, depending on how structured your metadata is at the start. Warning: This is a Google Labs project, which makes it seem like it could vanish at any time these days.
Really. I’m more surprised than you are, I promise.
Also, I promise this will not be a blog post about “What news organizations can do with Google+” or anything of the sort. Promise. Will. Not.
So the thing that consistently confuses me about social products from Google is that as a user, I have truly mixed feelings about how much I want public and private in the Google universe.
On one hand, I have a rather public persona on the Internet, where you can find (tens of?) thousands of things I’ve said on Twitter or this blog, or links I’ve saved, or comments I’ve made, or in some cases, even news articles I’ve reported.
much slightly more difficult to find, unless you bother nosing around my screen names, or you’re a closer friend than the average blogger, is the sort of thing I say on Facebook about my family or people-I-see-in-person-lots friends, or pictures that I post of my kids.
And as usual, that’s what has me confused about Google+, which clearly aims to be a ubiquitous social layer to the Web, omnipresent in my browser as I use Gmail, Calendar, and Reader, on and off all day long, on my laptop and phone.
Do I use this for personal, old-friend conversations? That’s mostly something I do on Facebook these days. And besides, where are these things going to show up? On my Google profile? Which is the first thing anyone is going to see (I think?) when they search for my name? Yikes. That’s why I hated on Buzz: I couldn’t control what showed up on that very public part of my persona. Other people’s comments and conversations around links that I share are something I want people to have to click a couple more times (like on this blog?) to get to. That’s why I removed my Google profile and stopped using Buzz so quickly way back in the day when Google stumbled over privacy issues in social products.
Do I use this for professional, branding-related knowledge trumpeting and link sharing? (Yeah, that’s how I just framed it. It happens.) Not sure. Twitter still feels like the right place for that, from time to time, when I’m not busy desperately trying to sound more clever than I am in person.
Anyway, let’s put all that aside for the moment.
The feature of Google+ that interested me the most when I saw the demo, and still seems like the biggest deal to me? Hangouts.
Silly name aside, casual group video chat with a limited (ahem) circle of friends/colleagues/cats = a winning feature for me. The YouTube thing built into it is pretty awesome, too. This makes me want to set up circles for “Soccer Fan Friends” so we can open up video chat and watch USWNT and Copa America highlights together. Or commiserate/empathize over the Gold Cup final.
That’s about it — I don’t need another status app, or link sharing app, or blogging app, or curation app in my life or workflow right now — but real live connections with my friends and acquaintances around the world? I’ll take it.
How to make a heatmap in Google Fusion Tables: Seems useful!
- A proposed new standard for semantic metadata in, say, online news stories.
- Michael Donohoe’s bucket list of things the New York Times could do, delivered shortly after he moved on to a new gig.
- If you’re not following Richard Koci Hernandez on Instagram, you’re missing out on a hypercreative stream of possibilities.
- A short instruction manual from CNN for success on the Web: Strengthen your core, then stretch yourself.
- On Wikipedia, all roads lead to Philosophy. And data visualization.
- The first rule of Tweet Club is exactly what you think it is.
- A book about responsive web design.
- How and why the Financial Times built a no-app-store-required HTML5 experience for tablets, and also, the future.
- The New York Observer redesigns online to showcase #longreads and scoops. (See also Stock and Flow.)
- Google ties together “rel=me” and authorship of things like news stories with a new bit of metadata.
Now, go build something useful.
This is why we use Twitter and Facebook and even Hunch and Quora to ask questions, search for products, and figure out how to replace dimmer switches.
Searching Google is now like asking a question in a crowded flea market of hungry, desperate, sleazy salesmen who all claim to have the answer to every question you ask.