Google gets political

Please refer to my earlier post, “Google’s plans of world domination“. Then read this.

If you’ve already turned on the guide as a layer in Google Earth, you might already have noticed the patriotic stars now adorning the U.S. map. There’s one for every congressional district. Click on the star and it opens a set of links to useful voter tools. First, you can click to register to vote. I love this because so many people still think that in order to register, you need help from a government employee or political activist. Wrong. You can register yourself to vote by getting your forms online and sending them in by mail. Spread the word!

Second, there are links to news, web and photo searches for candidates for the U.S. House and Senate races on November 7. Now, I think a squirrel could figure out which way to go on our presidential candidates and political parties. But an educated vote does require some Google searching, especially when candidates try so hard to blur the differences.

And we all know what Google thinks of George Bush, although they claim otherwise!

Add Google search to your blog

Just announced. Although Google search has always been available for websites, this time it’s with a difference. Now more like the search provided by atomz, the results can be tailored more to your liking based on your theme/content. You can even add multiple websites to be searched, which opens up a whole load of possibilities.

Say for example I start a search engine on error messages in wordpress. 🙂 So I add a bunch of websites to be searched, and others using Google Co-op can add other helpful sources they come across. In time, this search becomes the definitive search engine for wordpress troubleshooting.
Setting up is simple enough. Get started here with Google Co-op.

Searches leading here

Ok, since Anwin’s been repeatedly tagging (read bugging) me, I’m going to comply. These are the most popular keyword searches that lead here:

  • google blog search pinging service wordpress
  • renie ravin
  • movies with the most f words
  • mallu (Eh? Why would you look for that?!)
  • nagercoil (Yay!)
  • reviews of iron maiden matter of life and death
  • saw3
  • desi movies
  • the black dahlia posters
  • “google music trends”
  • eragon
  • iron maiden wallpapers life after death
  • “gadgets for websites”

Ok, since I’m now supposed to tag someone, I choose this guy.

Google blog hacked

This must’ve been embarrassing for them to admit to!

A bug in Blogger enabled an unauthorized user to make a fake post on the Google Blog last night, claiming that we’ve discontinued our AdWords click-to-call test. The bug was fixed quickly and the post removed.

View official post

Here’s a copy of the fake post:

Google Click-to-Call project cancelled
By Maximal
After concientiously considering, Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project. The project has been in the media on last days because of the notice of Google agreement with e-Bay. We finally consider click-to-call agreement with e-Bay a monopolistic aproach that would damage small companies in the CRM area.
This message has been translated using Google language tools.

This Maximal chap must be in hacker nirvana after seeing Google’s post. Wonder why he decided to pick on the click-to-call project though.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time their blog went down. The last time, someone at Google accidentally deleted the entire blog. Wonder if he/she still works there.

Free blog stats / analytics

I remember Google acquiring Measure Map sometime ago, and forgot about it when Google Analytics became freely available. However this still looks promising, and hope they bring it out soon. Looks like a souped up version of Analytics made just for bloggers.

Update: I haven’t tried Performancing Metrics yet, but online sources say that it is quite good. If anyone gives it a go, please let me know!

Pinging Google blog search for WordPress

First, if you don’t know what pinging has to with blogs, read this.

Google recently added pings to their blog search. Official announcement:

Today we’re launching the Google Blog Search Pinging Service, which is a way for individual bloggers and blog platform providers to inform us of content changes. Blogging providers who syndicate RSS/Atom/XML and want to be included in our Blog Search index can now ping us directly. We’ll continue to monitor other pinging services and will contribute change notifications to the community. Read more at our FAQ.

Most WordPress users use pingomatic to update blog monitoring services. Until pingomatic adds Google Blog Search to their list, you can set WP to do it automatically:

Once you’ve logged into WP, go to Options > Writing and add this line under “Update Services”:

You can also ping manually here.