In other Google news, the search giant has launched Google Instant, a new look for Google Images, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Flintstones, added Latin the list of languages available in Google Translate, and for those of you looking for some SEO help the Google Starter Guide has been updated. The Starter Guide is recommended reading for anyone running any kind of business on the Internet in my opinion and covers the basics of SEO and how Google works.
Launched a few days ago in the US and now in the UK, Google has integrated real time search within their search engine results as this search for iPhone demonstrates (see screenshot on the right!). Real time search integrates posts from blogs, news sources, twitter and facebook posts to bring up to the second results. The interface is a bit clunky which is surprising for Google who pride themselves on simple and clean as their new homepage shows. For those of you who haven’t seen it the “new” Google homepage has a fade in effect for it’s menu items when you move your mouse over the screen. In other Google news, yesterday’s Google doodle featured Popeye to celebrate his creator (E.C. Segar)’s birthday, 8th December 1894. Maybe next year we’ll get a Dimebag Darrell doodle?
Google celebrates St. Andrews day today with a new Google Doodle (right). Yahoo and Ask haven’t bothered whilst Bing has a lovely picture of the Old Man of Stor and the same hidden links they used for Remembrance Day.
Today is Armistice day, marking the end of the First World War. Google, Bing and Ask all have commemerative logos / layouts whereas Yahoo has nothing. No poppies, no special logo. Now I don’t know if Yahoo had something on Remembrance Sunday but considering this marks the end of one of the bloodiest global conflicts in human history I expected something.
The logos for Google, Ask and Bing are below.
If you mouse over several parts of the Bing image it presents you with facts about Armistice Day, Poppies, World War 1 and related poetry.