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NOTE: ARTICLES ABOUT GOOGLE SPECIALTY OR VERTICAL SEARCH SERVICES FROM MID-SEPT. 2004 ONWARD ARE LISTED IN WITHIN INDIVIDUAL SUBCATEGORIES OF THE GOOGLE SECTION OF SEARCH TOPICS IN SEARCH ENGINE WATCH.

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Analytics

Google Rolls Out Keyword Conversion Tool
InternetNews.com, Oct. 9, 2003

Answers

Google Launches Answers Service, API Program
The Search Engine Report, May 6, 2002

API

Google developer doesn't fear pay-for APIs
The Register, March 31, 2004

Google's API service isn't aimed to help people build commercial services. But Google Alert sees a business in using the API for tracking Google results. This story suggests it may have cut a deal with Google to share revenues when paid-for services are offered. Google Alert's Gideon Greenspan tells me this: "Google has agreed and encouraged us to begin charging for a premium service using the high-volume API key that they have supplied, but we haven't signed anything yet. As the premium service grows, the key capacity will need to be increased, and we'll enter discussions about specific business terms." More about Google Alert here. More about Google's own just-launched alert service here.

Google's API: For Fun, Not Profit (Yet)
SearchDay, Oct. 30, 2003

Fun With Google's APIs
SearchDay, December 2, 2002

Search Engine as OS
eWeek, May 5, 2003

Can you program Google? Google's API program makes it more likely that people should view the search engine as an operating system that they can program applications for.

Google Launches Answers Service, API Program
The Search Engine Report, May 6, 2002

Blog Search

Google mulls RSS support
News.com, June 9, 2004

Leaked memo from Google shows the company considering offering both RSS and Atom feeds. Most newsreaders appear to be able to handle either, so why bother? Main reason would be good PR. Offering both is easy and gets those behind RSS 2.0 off Google's back about not supporting both major web feed formats.

Google Launches Official Google Blog, Not Blog Search
SearchDay, May 11, 2004

Google has launched its own official blog, promising much insight about the company though not yet delivering much. The company also says it has no news about long-discussed plans to offer blog or web feed searching at Google.

Google spurns RSS for rising blog format
News.com, Feb. 11, 2004

You may recall my article about creating RSS feeds from last year. In it, I discussed how there are different flavors of RSS. The RDF version, RSS 1.0, seems to have been renamed Atom and is evolving some new capabilities. That leaves the other, non-RDF flavor of RSS continuing on. Google's Blogger previously let users distribute posts via RSS. Now new people will only be able to use Atom. Meanwhile, Yahoo is developing new support for people to take RSS feeds. Sounds like another format nightmare nobody wants or needs, and the "sides" both take swings at each other in this article. Back in the practical world, it probably makes no difference. When I last looked, it seemed that most anything that could deal with the non-RDF RSS could also handle with the RDF version. I suspect the same will be true with Atom -- readers will be able to handle both Atom and RSS. More about Atom can be found here.

Blogger

Google Overhauls Blogger
SearchDay, May 10, 2004

Google has launched an improved version of Blogger, the first major upgrade to the popular web log service in nearly four years.

Blog on
News.com, Oct. 21, 2003

Google Buys Blogging Company - But Why?
The Search Engine Report, Feb. 2, 2003

Book Search

Google Introduces Book Searches
SearchDay, Dec. 17, 2003

Google, In Print
PublishersLunch, Dec. 17, 2003

Catalogs

Is Google Catalogs Kaput
ResourceShelf, May 16, 2004

Gary Price notes that the Google Catalogs service seems woefully out of date.

Google Launches Catalog Search
The Search Engine Report, Jan. 7, 2002

Directory

The Google Directory
Search Engine Watch, April 17, 2002

Basic details on how the Google Directory works for site owners wanting to be listed in it.

Google Adds Directory
Search Engine Watch, April 4, 2000

Enterprise Search

Google's Dave Girouard on the Future of Enterprise Search
Linux News, April 27, 2004

Part of the five percent of revenue Google does NOT generate off of advertising comes from enterprise search sales. This article is a Q&A with Google's general manager in charge of enterprise search services. Note the comment about Google having an "advantage" by seeing how consumers search across the web generally. This has definitely not been an advantage for past web search companies that have gone the enterprise search route before. Lycos, Excite, Infoseek, AltaVista, Inktomi, Ask Jeeves all are companies that tried to do both and jumped out of enterprise search. Open Text and FAST are companies that tried to do both and jumped the other way, into enterprise search and away from the web. Google is very much an exception still trying to play in both places.

Google Enters Enterprise Search Space
Search Engine Watch, March 2002

Froogle Shopping Search

Questions for Froogle's Mastermind, Part 2
ClickZ, June 7, 2004

More Q&A with Google about its Froogle shopping search engine and tips on getting listed.

Questions for Froogle's Mastermind, Part 1
ClickZ, May 24, 2004

Q&A with Google's Craig-Nevill Manning, who oversees the Froogle shopping search engine.

Froogle Gains Through New Placement
The Search Engine Report, April 2, 2004

This week's format change at Google greatly increased the use of its Froogle shopping search engine, according to measuring service Hitwise.

Google Enhances Froogle, Offers New Ad and Search Features
Search Engine Watch, Dec. 15, 2003

Google has beefed up its Froogle shopping search engine, introduced two new 'quick links' for searchers, and has added new features to its AdWords program.

Getting Listed In Google's "Froogle" Shopping Search Engine
The Search Engine Update, Dec. 17, 2002

Gmail

Welcome To The Google Desktop?
Search Engine Watch, April 2, 2004

Will Google's new Gmail free email system be just the first of many things we begin moving to a new Google Desktop? If so, Microsoft might have a lot more to worry about than web search. But might concerns over privacy prevent Google's success?

Google Launches Gmail, Free Email Service
SearchDay, March 31, 2004

Google is launching a new web-based email service called Gmail that it hopes it will allow people to search their email as easily as they search the web -- as well as provide Google with a more permanent connection to its users.

Groups

Google Groups Adds Mailing Lists & Other Features, Competes With Yahoo Groups
SearchDay, May 12, 2004

Google has added new mailing list creation functionality to its Google Groups service, giving it a capability that competes directly with the Yahoo Groups service.

Google Seeks Usenet Posts
Search Engine Watch, Aug. 2001

Google Improves Newsgroups, Makes Inroads To Japan
Search Engine Watch, May 2001

Google Acquires Deja Newsgroup Services
Search Engine Watch, 3/01

Images

Google Adds Picture Search, New Languages
Search Engine Watch, July 2001

Local

Google Pushes Local Search Into the Limelight
SearchDay, March 17, 2004

Google has officially moved local search out of Google Labs and into beta, introducing several noteworthy new features at the same time.

Local Search Part 2: Google & Mobilemaps Bring Back Geosearching
SearchDay, Oct. 21, 2003

News

What weblogs are news?
Scripting News, Oct. 28, 2003

Earlier this year, grumblings were heard over bloggers not being accepted as part of Google News. Now there's more noise, and rightly so. Google's standard response seems to be that it doesn't "include news-related blogs," leaving it open to the accusation that it rejects possibly good content simply because of the content management system that's used. Google should accept any type of good news content, blog or not. There are plenty of good reasons why a blog-based news source (or any news source) might not be accepted, such as the perceived quality of content, freshness or expectation that the source will be there tomorrow. Rejecting something just because it uses a blog publishing system isn't a good reason.

Google News Creator Watches Portal, Quiet Critics With 'Best News' Webby
Online Journalism Review, Sept. 25, 2003

Krishna Bharat, the scientist who developed Google News, comments on the service. He touches on how a news site is defined, why press releases may show up in search results and discusses some criticisms that have been aimed at the service by journalists.

Google Unveils News Alert Service, Related Searches In AdSense
Search Engine Watch, Aug. 7, 2003

Google has released a new news alerts feature and made changes to how ads appear on web sites participating in its AdSense program.

In Google News, the first will be last
The Inquirer, June 8, 2003

Want to be tops in a search at Google News? Perhaps it's best to be the last to break a story, as this article explains.

Thinking Global, Google News Goes Local
InternetNews.com, May 12, 2003

Google unveils a variety of country-specific news web sites, for Canada, the UK, New Zealand and India. Ironically, no "US" news site is released, though some feel that the main globally-oriented Google News site may have a US slant to coverage.

Google Launches News Search Beta
SearchDay, Mar. 14, 2002

Scroll to bottom of page for short details on the launch.

Orkut

Google to find place for Orkut network in search
News.com, March 22, 2004

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said recently that its Orkut social networking service will be someday integrated into Google to help it with search. That's more commitment that when Orkut was launched. Then Google said it had no idea what might happen with the service. Given that Eurekster was actively using its social network to refine search, it was pretty clear Google would ultimately do the same. Be aware that the recently released Google personal search service doesn't yet use Orkut data.

Google Releases Orkut Social Networking Service
SearchDay, Jan. 22, 2004

Google has quietly launched a social networking service called orkut, named after Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google employee who developed the project during personal time allowed to him by Google.

Personalized Search

Google Loses Tabs In New Look, Gains Web Alerts & Personalized Search Results
SearchDay, March 30, 2004

Google has rolled a new look that involves dropping its famed search tabs, along with debuting a web alerts service and a personalized search results option.

Google Testing Frequent Searcher Program
Search Engine Watch, Oct. 2003

Scholar

Google Teams Up With 17 Colleges to Test Searches of Scholarly Materials
The Chronicle Of Higher Education, April 9, 2004

Google is teaming up with MIT and 16 other universities to create a way to search through their collections of scholarly papers.

Toolbar

Google Toolbar Adds Keyword Browsing to Internet Explorer
SearchDay, July 15, 2004

Google has added a keyword based browsing feature to its toolbar, allowing users to type words rather than URLs into the Internet Explorer address bar and automatically see the 'most relevant' site for those terms.

Google's Gaggle of New Goodies
Search Engine Watch, May 22, 2002

Google has enhanced its already indispensable toolbar, and is offering an intriguing peek inside the kimono through Google Labs, a 'technology playground' for ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time.

Google's New High Protein Diet
SearchDay, Mar. 25, 2002

Google is harnessing the collective computing power of its users to help model complex proteins, a project that could lead to the development of cures for Alzheimer's, cancer, AIDS and other diseases.

Google takes on supercomputing
News.com, March 22, 2002

Another look at the distributed Google Compute project.

New Google Toolbar Lets Users Rate Pages
Search Engine Watch, Dec. 2001

Other

The Google Browser
Kottke.org, Aug. 26, 2004

Many have floated the idea of a Google browser before. Jason Kottke takes a short look at some recent reasons why this might be more likely.

Everything Google
SearchDay, May 20, 2004

Underneath its simple, sparse interface, Google is loaded with useful tools and services, though they're not always easy to find. A new book offers an insider's guide to maximizing the power of the search engine.

Google Loses Tabs In New Look, Gains Web Alerts & Personalized Search Results
SearchDay, March 30, 2004

Google has rolled a new look that involves dropping its famed search tabs, along with debuting a web alerts service and a personalized search results option.

Google trawls chat
The Register, Nov. 6, 2003

Scroll past the long intro to the meat of the story below: Google is apparently experimenting with indexing conversations happening on Internet Relay Chat servers.

Hidden Google Tools
Search Engine Watch, Jan. 28, 2004

Even if you consider yourself a Google expert, these 'hidden' tools and resources let you push the search engine's capabilities to the max.

Google, Yahoo Add New Search Features
Search Engine Watch, Jan. 13, 2004

Both Google and Yahoo have added new features designed to make it easier to find and track certain types of information that was previously difficult to find with a search engine.

Google Unveils News Alert Service, Related Searches In AdSense
Search Engine Watch, Aug. 7, 2003

Google has released a new news alerts feature and made changes to how ads appear on web sites participating in its AdSense program.

Google's Gaggle of New Goodies
Search Engine Watch, May 22, 2002

Google has enhanced its already indispensable toolbar, and is offering an intriguing peek inside the kimono through Google Labs, a 'technology playground' for ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time.

Google's New High Protein Diet
SearchDay, Mar. 25, 2002

Google is harnessing the collective computing power of its users to help model complex proteins, a project that could lead to the development of cures for Alzheimer's, cancer, AIDS and other diseases.

Google takes on supercomputing
News.com, March 22, 2002

Another look at the distributed Google Compute project.

Google Adds Picture Search, New Languages
Search Engine Watch, July 2001

Google Adds Languages, Phone Book And More
Search Engine Watch, April 2001

Google Gains More Features
Search Engine Watch, Aug. 2, 2000

The folks at Google have been busy, adding a new advanced search page, a preferences page, dictionary links and a Korean-language version.

US Government Search Engine Launched
Search Engine Watch, June 2, 1999


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