Google New Services: Co-op, Desktop 4, Notebook and Trends
Posted on 12th May, 2006
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 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 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.
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.
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.