Someday you will google your Google to the Google to pick up some more google
— Some random person on Slashdot, I think
Just another quiet week for Google. Let’s see what happened:
- Gmail switching guide lets you help your friends join Gmail and keep all their contacts.
- Gmail contact groups so you can make a “family” group or “reading group” and mail people in one easy batch.
- Gmail available on mobile phones
- Gmail vacation autoresponder. w00t!
- Music search
- iGoogle personalization
- new Firefox extensions
- Integrating English Google News with Google Accounts, so you can get your personalized news from any computer.
- Google Desktop2 out of beta in 15+ languages. Here’s German, for example.
- Personalized search bookmarks/labels are now available on the main search page
- There’s a new Pittsburgh office
- Holiday searches. Huh. Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa work, but what about Boxing Day?!
- A WML version of Froogle in Germany.
And I’m sure I missed a couple things. Is that too dang much Googley Goodness for one week? Well, it is close to Chrismukkah, after all. Happy holidays from Google!
I think the most under-reported things will be the Pittsburgh office and the personalized homepage API. The Pittsburgh office will no doubt have a large impact on Google over time as we work with smart people there. As for the homepage API: there are only five widgets listed there right now. The API documentation is readily available. If I were a netizen looking for attention or viral buzz, one way is to be the first to develop an AdSense status widget, a scratchpad, or a Flickr photo of the day. If you need ideas, check out the widgets that the Google Desktop supports.
Update: Sure enough, I missed Jingle and Jingle Audio, which are two proposed extensions to XMPP that will improve interoperability with Google Talk’s voice features. Open protocols make me go woof.