Posts Tagged ‘google’

It seems like every time they launch something new they completely forget about this little app they have called Gmail! I’m not sure why Google does this… As much as I use Google for searching, I use Gmail more than anything else. I would venture to guess that most people that use a Google product use Gmail more than anything else (except maybe Google Analytics – can’t think of web life w/o Google Analytics!)

A quick search (on Google, of course). shows that a couple of years ago, my guessing is spot on!

So, why wouldn’t Google immediately extend the attachment processing in Gmail to include the ability to save the document into a Google Drive? Was this an oversight? Too much additional code? Or just plain stupidity?

Captain Obvious will point point that one can just download it into one’s Google Drive folder… Well, thank you Captain Obvious, but you’re missing the point. I don’t want to save it to my local drive and then have it sync to the cloud. I want Google to take it and put it into the cloud for me. That’s what I’m paying them zero dollars a month for!

In all seriousness, expanding the download to allow you to save it to your Google Drive would truly allow you to have your Google cloud everywhere. What if I’m on a trip and using a computer that doesn’t have my Google Drive on it? Or using a library computer? What if I’m using my Ubuntu install instead of my Windoze install? What if I’m just checking my email on someone else’s computer? What if I’m using my phone to check the email? Why waste the bandwidth Google? Why have your second most popular product (#1 in the world of consumable products) be an afterthought? C’mon guys! Gmail is the best product you have! Hands down the best email system on the web! And you completely neglect to integrate Google Drive directly with Gmail? That’s just sad 😦

Edit: Obviously, I’m talking about images, PDF, etc. None Google Docs attachments

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Google vs. Facebook seems to be the many topic of discussion these days around the Interwebs. Some studies show Facebook clearly dominating Google in terms of quantities of visitors (other resources don’t show this). Despite a decade and a half of proving that traffic does not equal success, everyone thinks Google is being dethroned by Facebook like Google dethroned Yahoo years ago.

Google is even feeling the “social” pressure and has responded with a myriad of social failures like Buzz and Wave. Still, Google has the best search engine, best email system, best video sharing system, etc. Facebook… You have your best friends (unless they are like the other 60% of Americans who either aren’t on Facebook or don’t use Facebook).

Do your friends really provide you with the “search results” that would truly interest you? Are your friends a replacement for searching the Internet?

I’d venture to guess that most people’s friends do provide them with topics, resources, etc. that they will be interested in. However, I’d also suggest that most people have a limited spectrum of friends. By that, I mean that like-minded liberals will hangout with each other. Same with conservatives, religious folks, etc.

So, if your news goes social, are you really going to get the full news? Look at someone who only watches MSNBC. Or someone who only watches Fox News. They have a very skewed perspective. Now, Fox argues it’s “Fair and Balanced”. MSNBC argues that Fox News isn’t and admits to having a liberal bias but adhering to a higher calling (got my shovel ready). Besides “The Daily Show“, I can’t think of any news show that actually provides an objective perspective on current events.

Socially skewed news and search results can lead to Groupthink, which is extremely dangerous when it comes to politics as well as limiting when it comes to problem resolution and research. This becomes particularly dangerous when it comes to news and social issues as it essentially places blinders on those performing searches on the Internet. One becomes tunnel visioned in his or her pursuit of knowledge because their social network dictates their search results.

Groupthink and tunnel vision can lead to mediocre and even disappointing results or failure. When outside perspectives are not put in front of us or the resources are not available to find such outside resources, our development is stifled. We become limited to our social network. If our social network claims that something cannot be done. We won’t do it. If our social network claims that something is wrong. It becomes wrong. When our social network claims that something is right. It becomes right.

In other words, if all roads lead to Rome, that’s exactly where we’re going to end up.

Still those with a different social network will find other rights and wrongs and what can and cannot be done. This means that now more than ever, one must expand his or her’s social network exposure. Broadening one’s social network to include both liberals, conservatives, states rights advocates, and others who are outside our normal spectrum is more important than ever. Otherwise, you could ultimately end up in a virtual (social network) cave.

Seems like every month there is something released in the press talking about how social networking is taking over the world. It’s the greatest revolution since the dawn of the Internet. Of course, the Internet was supposed to be running everything by now, right? Stanley Kubrick had us on the moon, finding the Monolith… or SkyNet was taking over the world. Take your pick. Either way, we ended up with the iPod in 2001 instead of a second sun or a machine revolution.

So, we need something else to sink our sensationalist teeth into. Enter Zucker: The Man and his Social Network. Facebook is exploding in numbers. Everyone is on Facebook. We need to reorganize our entire lives because our grandma friend requested us and Tom from MySpace keeps friend requesting us because he wasn’t automatically added to our friend list! God forbid the boss friend requested you on Facebook either (although that was very unlikely given that people over 40 don’t use Facebook).

Of course, we have plenty of time for all this social networking because nobody has jobs! Comscore says email usage is down and social networking is up among teens. Besides those who hold a doctorate degree in mathematics, I can’t think of another demographic that has a higher level of unemployment than teenagers! This isn’t a dig at teenagers, it’s just an observation of fact. Teenagers don’t really have 9-5 jobs, and they certainly won’t get an office job if they know how to use Facebook but don’t know how to use a spreadsheet and attach it to an email.

Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make here is that there is an eerie correlation between the unemployment rate and the rise of social networking. I’m not saying that social networking causes unemployment. I’m saying that unemployment causes social networking. Traffic on Linked-in has shot up big time because people are trying to network with long lost friends from the pre-dotcom bubble to find jobs. Traffic on Facebook has shot up because there’s plenty of time to spend stalking your friends and hoping to find something to do with your abundance of free time because you haven’t had a job for 15 months.

Google Breakfast

google breakfast

google breakfast

So, I’m sitting there doing a search for pearl necklaces on Google. Perhaps I should have qualified it with Jewelry! Check out the suggested search term from Google: Donkey Punch. Good thing they didn’t suggest the Atomic Donkey Punch!

Google Suggests the Donkey Punch over a Pearl Necklace LOL

Google Suggests the Donkey Punch over a Pearl Necklace LOL

A friend of mine at work was checking out Google Maps the other day. They have a new “Street View” feature that was getting the attention of everyone in the office. Soon, we all wanted to see if our house was on Google maps. This one lady pulled up her house on Google Maps and found something very disturbing: Her husbands car in the driveway with the car of her best friend on the street! What!?! Needless to say, there was a lot of splainin to do. Cool technology does not bode well for cheaters, but it’s really great for everyone else!

Google Maps 1: Cheaters 0!

I was so excited to hear that Monique had a question waiting for me at Fanbox. Yes, another day with a SPAM from Fanbox. Or as I like to call them SPAMBox. They’ll keep sending, I’ll keep posting. Good news on the Fanbox SPAM front though! Websites like Spam Huntress, Steve Riley, Techcrunch, and even my own blog show up on the first page of a Google search for the keyword fanbox or fanbox.com.

For newbies to the web, typing in the domain name into their default search page is fairly common. The more they can see that Fanbox is indeed a SPAM business, the sooner they can protect themselves from getting phished.

Fanbox SPAM loads my Inbox

Fanbox.com SPAM! It’s what’s for dinner!!!

I really feel like I providing a great public service by posting about Fanbox SPAM. I’ve noticed that page views to my posts about Fanbox SPAM have gone up lately. Most likely because of their increased SPAMMING. And because I’m currently listed in the #1 spot on Google if you type in Fanbox SPAM.

It would be great to be listed at the #1 spot when someone just types in fanbox or fanbox.com. I’ve found that Internet newbies aren’t familiar with the URL bar. They actually type in the domain name in their Yahoo or Google search box. I’ve seen it happen first hand. These are the poor people who are most likely to get suckered into Fanbox’s SPAM scam. If you’d like to help protect poor, innocent newbies like my grandma, write a blog about Fanbox.com and link to this blog.

There is no need to tell Fanbox to stop. They will just ignore you and keep SPAMMING you and trying to phish your passwords. The more content there is about Fanbox being SPAM, the more the message will get out there. Communication with each other (non-spammers) is the way to fight SPAM.

Check it out! “Elizabeth” asked me a question using the “Curiosity Solution” application on Fanbox.com (aka SPAMBOX)

Fanbox.com celebrates 2 for Tuesday

The day I heard about the Sharper Image Bankruptcy, I searched Google for the term: sharper image bankruptcy. There was a Google Adsense ad for Sharper Image. At the time, I thought I should take a screen capture, but I didn’t. The next day, I came back and the ad was gone. Perhaps Sharper Image ran out of budget for the day, because the ad is back!

Based upon the blogs that I’ve been reading about not fulfilling on gift certificates and the obvious stiffing companies for millions of dollars, it is rather humorous that Sharper Image has an advertisement on Google when you type in sharper image bankruptcy. What makes it even funnier is that the ad claims: “Sensational service and totally unique merchandise”. I’ll have to tell that to my brother who got stiffed for his Sharper Image gift certificate this weekend while receiving “sensational service”.

Sharper Image BankruptcySee the screen shot yourself. There’s no way I was going to let this one pass me by a second time!

The good news is that Sharper Image has resumed redemption of their gift cards. The bad news is that you need to read the details:

All Gift Cards, etc., will be honored for their full value with two conditions – (1) they must be redeemed in full in one transaction; and (2) customers must purchase an item that costs double the value of the gift certificate or merchandise certificate. For example, if a customer holds a $25 Gift Certificate, the customer will get the full value of the $25 Gift Certificate as long as the customer purchases at least $50 worth of goods. Partial redemptions will not be honored at this time. This is a purely voluntary program. Customers who do not wish to redeem their cards on this basis can retain them for future use, as Sharper Image is working diligently to be able to honor the cards without condition in the future.

On the other side of karma, Sharper Image has been delisted by NASDAQ, essentially placing the proverbial nail in the coffin. Without a print catalog (they didn’t pay their printer $6MM) and half the number of stores, Sharper Image really has nothing to stand on moving forward.

Brand Genius, Al Reis, sums up much of the failure of Sharper Image in his recent article on Ad Age. Goodbye Sharper Image, hello RichardSolo.com.

One final word of advice to future marketers: If your company files for bankruptcy, remove your ads from Google and the other search engines for search terms that would include the keyword bankruptcy.

My company is gearing up for a significant push into Internet Marketing. One of the first things I did was go an find a great resource for researching keywords. There are dozens of them on the market: Keyword Tracker, SEO Book (which uses several other research tools), Google Keyword Suggestion Tool, and my personal favorite Keyword Discovery. While researching some health related keywords, I decided to do a little bit of research on obesity from a search point of view.

I believe I’ve found out why we have such a tremendous obesity problem in the United States. According to my research, there are 27,786 search terms that include the word obesity in them. Terms like “childhood obesity”, “causes of obesity”, etc. Obesity itself is searched 57,226 times/year. Seems like a lot until we look at food…

717,364 search terms that contain the word food. 239,736 for food all by itself. But what about fattening foods like desserts and McDonalds? 28,181 searches for dessert and 154,619 searches for McDonalds! How about cheesecake, which has nearly 32K searches/year!?! Compare that to the 13,037 searches per year for the term “how to lose weight”.

There it is folks. Apparently, we don’t think that we are overweight. All the articles must be wrong. Or boring. Perhaps they are too boring to read because the articles about cheesecake are so much more appealing. MMMM Cheesecake 😛