My Google

Since everybody’s talking about google these days (man, they’re really doing their best to be part of the news each day) I am sure that you’re all curious about what I think about it (hello mr. ego 😉 ).

Actually it almost feels like Google tries to spam us during the last days 😉 But besides those mails that offer some mega increasing pills, Google offers something valuable. At least it tells us =) Google Goggles, Chrome for Mac, DNS, personalized search & realtime search. X-Mas-Time!But let’s see it in more detail:

Google Goggles:

To make it short. Visual Search! For Android phones. And man, it works pretty well. Really cool. So check this Video and try it yourself. iPhone: suck that!

Google Chrome for Mac:

Nothing new for you windows guys, but new for us mac users. Chrome finally arrived on OS X and made it onto my desktop. Hello Big G 😉 Finally there’s an alternative for safari (which used to be the fastest browser on OS X so far). There are good chances that chrome will make it to my 2nd browser of choice (there’s still no way to dump firefox – thx to it’s add ons).

chrome for mac

Google DNS:

To give you a brief overview, here’s what Google says about it’s new public DNS service:

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

To try it out:

  • Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers or
  • Read our configuration instructions.

If you decide to try Google Public DNS, your client programs will perform all DNS lookups using Google Public DNS.

I personally just changed to 8.8.8.8. Since I do everything with google (android phone, gmail, gcal, gwhatever…) I thought Google already knows everything, so why not trying? And it really feels a little faster – but maybe that’s just daydreaming 😉

Real-Time Search

So Google just launched it’s real time search thing. Hm. Well. What should I say? Nice that it includes stuff like faceboo, myspace, twitter and all that stuff. BUT: Is this really necessary? Since twitter becomes more and more of a spam tool (unfortunately facebook too – but here it’s more easy to ignore spammers) there’s a pretty high chance of seeing a lot of spamy SERPs – don’t you think?

Furthermore the SERPs really look a little shitty (sorry google) – in terms of layout. Just have a look:

google live search

Well, I don’t like the look & feel – but it’s cool to have a lot of opportunities. But if it’s necessary to show them by default? Not quite sure about this…

Google personalized search

Alright. What google offered to logged in Google users for some time now, just went live for everyone. Google personalizes your search. This means google places an anonymous cookie on your pc (or mac) and tracks your search behaviour. Before going nuts: YOU CAN TURN IT OFF! DON’T PANIC! I read a lot of “Google goes to far” and whatever. Man. Just read the FAQs (or ask me). YOU CAN OPT OUT! Just go to the settings page (top right) and turn it off. No big deal!

BUT: Is personalized search a good idea at all? I don’t have privacy issues…it’s just like do I really want to find something I already know? Usually I use search engines (well, google) when I am looking for something I don’t know…so does it really add value to Google when it shows me stuff I already know? I’m not really convinced…so far…

So that’s my google for now. Let’s see what Google will bring up next week!