Google Me

April 24th, 2009

Ever had tgoogleMeCard.pnghat itch to alter Google results that the search engine throws up (after you have secretly checked your name on Google for the nth time). Dont’ fret as you are not a lone case. There are millions out there who would love to remove or edit information about themselves from the Google indexes. And Google has read your mind, once again.

As the push toward individual search engine optimisation (SEO) intensifies, so does the penchant to “Google” someone.

To give you greater control over what people find when they search for your name, we’ve begun to show Google profile results at the bottom of US name-query search pages. These results offer abbreviated information from user-created Google profiles and a link to the full profiles. We’ve also added links so it’s easy to search for the same name on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates and LinkedIn. (Source)

Of course, for the new service to actually work for people, they need to sign up for an account with Google and the more information a person shares, the more likely they are to show up on the first page when a person searches for their name. To sign up for the service, Google tells users to simply search for “me.” Google’s Joe Kraus acknowledged that the company has seen an increased demand in the search engine optimisation of individual’s names in search engine results and thinks this is the beginning of the solution. Of course, it is.

How? Simply put, Google Profiles looks to establish singular online identities of users, even linking their various online accounts (say blogs, Google reader, Youtube etc) and offer a singular source for information. This also opens up a plethora of choices for third-party developers to build interesting things on top of these profiles.

But there’s another side to this argument too. Do we really want everything available in one-click access on Google? This includes our place of residence (seen on google maps), the blogs we wrote bitching about someone on Blogger, or interests and hobbies (as registered on various social sites) or even pictures & phone numbers (again from some website online). Of course, you can choose to give none and keep a black profile too.

So, what’s the bright idea that Google is selling here? It’s like you can now control what information should flow to make your profile look good (in case it comes up during search) but this will mean that you give Google a little more access to your life’s data. So I guess, then it’s not so good as there’s already more than necessary information out there.

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Microsoft adds muscle to its mobile apps

April 1st, 2009

Software major Microsomicrosoft-windows-mobile-65.jpgft expects its Windows Mobile operating system (OS) available in over 35 mobile phone models, to capture an 8 per cent market share with 3.5 lakh OS (es) in India by the end of this financial year. With the new mobile OS, Microsoft will also unveil its Windows mobile application store that will compete with Apple’s App Store. Read the rest of this entry »

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