Google New Services: Co-op, Desktop 4, Notebook and Trends

May 12, 2006 by  

Google announced new services that continue to build on its search mission: Google Co-op, Google Desktop 4, Google Notebook and Google Trends.

Google Co-op and Desktop 4 are available in beta versions but knowing Google, you can count on them on offering ‘stable’ beta versions.

Google Trends and Notebook are from Google Labs and the former is available now and Notebook next week.


Google Co-op

Google Co-op works like subscribing to a blog feed. But instead of reading the feed you’ve subscribed to using a feed reader, the entire provider’s links will be added to your Google search results for relevant searches.

I’ve tested the service by subscribing to Digg and here’s how my search page result looks like when searching for ‘Firefox’.


The service comes with an API for developers to add their services directly into Google search. I think it’s only a matter of time before someone develop a blog plugin or intermediate service like FeedBurner which allow blog owners to offer their blog content via Google Co-op.


Google Desktop 4

Google Desktop makes your computer searchable by allowing you to perform full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, and more. I’ve been a user for a while and I am looking forward to trying out the new features this nifty tool has to offer.

This new version includes Google Gadgets, known previously as plugins. These are mini applications that can be anything from fun to serious personalised information.

A weather globe actually shows rain falling when its raining, media players, various animations, and viewing your Adsense balance can also be Gadgets.

Besides those, you can now view what’s popular on Google Videos or access Google Calendar right from your desktop.

The tool’s indexing ability has also been improved. Now it updates your index more quickly when files are moved and remove deleted files from search results.


Google Notebook

This will be launch next week and according to Google, it’s is a personal browser tool that lets you clip text, images, and links from the pages you’re searching, save clippings to an online notebook, and then share notebooks with others.

That sounds like a social bookmarking on steroid to me.


Google Trends

This is the service that I find most interesting. It offers, as the name implies, trends that goes back for years, even overlaps news related to keyword search spikes, like Google Finance does. You can enter up to five topics and see how often they’ve been searched for over time and even see the geographical data for the results.

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Comment by Claude Gelinas
2006-05-24 23:05:34

In my opnion, Google Co-op Beta has the feel of an online social networking scene where you become a subscriber, then contribute feeds so that other may, in turn, subscribe to them.

It like the joy of rediscovering the world wide web but within a relatively closed circuit where the choices previously made by the people we “subscribed to” becomes a lot more important.

Relevancy is Google’s argument for selling Co-op but of course, a huge social network like the one that’s building up also means lots of AdSense Revenue for the search engine giant.

Nevertheless, kudos for this exciting experiement in modern web interaction and communication. It’s still a bit rough around the edges but eventually, it’ll be out of Beta.

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