Websites Then and Now–Don’t Miss This!

October 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm (Internet surfing, Technology) (, , , , , )

Along with the evolution of Internet and Internet services, the way we make websites has dramatically changed! Where we used to have text, a few colors, and clipart, we now have dynamic graphics, multimedia features, interactive banners, and so much more!

Did you know you can see what websites used to look like? I just discovered this today. Check out the Wayback Machine! How cool is this?

The following pictures were from right around a decade ago. It’s fascinating to see how different they look today! From 1996, here’s MSN.com:

MSN.com 1996

And… Yahoo.com! (or should I say Yahoo! .com…) :-)

Yahoo.com 1996

Isn’t that precious?! And here’s Google.com circa 1998…

Google.com 1998

 

And, I know this is only four years ago… but just think about how much this site has changed!

Facebook.com 2005

Remember when Facebook.com was just for college students?

Check out more great memories at archive.org!

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The Top Concerns of Internet Users According to Google

October 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm (Internet surfing) (, , )

The Internet is a wonderful–and sometimes terrible thing. While subscribing to Internet services is like a virtual gateway to the world and all the things it offers, I sometimes wonder how it has changed our lives and our thinking. 

About a month ago I decided to investigate the top Google searches. This was not as easy as I imagined. But I did find some interesting things that you might find entertaining.

Enter Google Zeitgeist. Zeit means “time”, and geist means “spirit”, so it’s pretty much a summary of the “intectual, moral, and cultural climate” over a period of time. I decided to share some of the things that can be found here (and my comments) today. :-)

Fastest Rising Searches Globally of 2008:

  • sarah palin   (haha!)
  • beijing 2008
  • facebook login
  • tuenti
  • heath ledger   (figures)
  • obama
  • nasza klasa
  • wer kennt wen
  • euro 2008
  • jonas brothers   (oh dear…)
  • Vice presidential candidate beats President for fastest rising search term globally… but not in the US.

  • obama
  • facebook
  • att
  • iphone
  • youtube
  • fox news
  • palin
  • beijing 2008
  • david cook
  • surf the channel
  •  …Apparently people in the US don’t know how to type an address in the address bar. And although Obama beat Palin in the US for general searches, “Sarah Palin” was number one for both Google News and Google Images–no Obama on either list.

    Google Trends is another feature that shows popular searches–it’s for the current year and broken down to each day. Here’s the top searched query for the last week:

    • Monday: boyles furniture (company was celebrating 60 anniversary, featured on the Today Show)
    • Tuesday: notehall (website where college lecture notes and study guides can be bought and sold–appeared on ABC show “Shark Tank”)
    • Wednesday: wanda sykes wife (lesbian comedian who spoke on HBO about her wife and politics)
    • Thursday: brooke astor (American socialite whose son was found guilty of stealing from her)
    • Friday: obama nobel peace prize (kinda self-explanatory)
    • Saturday: stephen gately (Bandmember of Boyzone died that day)
    • Sunday: army wives season 4  (Season 3 ended that night)

    My verdict: We care about whatever’s on TV that night…

    You might want to check out Google Trends. I have to forwarn you, they are completely different from one day to another and most of them have to do with celebrity gossip and deaths. And you will probably start searching the terms about just to see what the fuss was about!

    And, last but not least, enter Google Suggest. This is great. I guess Google fills in the blank based on similar searches from other people–or at least what Google considers to be a pressing concern for most Internet searchers. Here are a few that I found entertaining (warning: this is addicting!):

    *Start typing “should my” and the first suggestion is “should my poop float”! Other suggestions include “should my muscles be sore after a workout” and “should my girlfriend hang out with other guys”

    *Start typing “what if my” and you find out there’s really only three things that people must worry about: their dogs, poop (again? really?), and periods.

    *Start typing “can you g” and EVERY suggestion has to do with pregnancy (especially in concern with periods) except “can you get mono twice”.

    *Start typing “why do” and apparently the number one question on people’s minds is “why do men have nipples”. Other pressing issues have to do with dogs, cats, and various bodily functions.

    Last but not least… if you ever need to know why…

    google suggest

    It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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    Chrome: Surfing the Internet Google-Style

    July 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Internet surfing) (, , , )

    The idea behind Google creating their own web browser was to start from scratch on a program that was made for today’s Internet services. They wanted to make a browser that’s simple and neat, but complicated in it’s security, speed, and functionality.

    Google openly used features that have already been implemented on other browsers, they credit Mozilla (who created the Firefox browser) and Apple (who created the Webkit program they used) for ideas on how to create Chrome. An example of some borrowed features you’ll see is bookmarks. You can automatically transfer your bookmarks and favorites from your old browser and save new bookmarks instantly by clicking the star next to your address bar, features identical to Firefox.

    Google uses the “tab” feature that most browsers have now adopted. Chrome reflects Google’s way of making products personalized and convenient, using the features they have on their search page and Google toolbar. For example, every time a new tab is opened, instead of white space under the address bar, you will see a layout of thumbnails of previous and often visited websites to choose from, based on your previous surfing. Once you begin typing in the address bar, Google suggests previously visited sites and popular sites, and prompts to run a Google search on the keyword(s) you are typing. It’s like a mini Google search feature in your address bar.

    If you want to surf discreetly, for Christmas shopping for example, you can use the incognito window to surf undetected by your computer. It delivers the pages as read-only, and no history or files from these sites are saved on your computer. Simply open the incognito window in a new tab and continue your normal surfing on the other tabs.

    Another unique feature of Google Chrome is the task manager. Just like the task manager for Windows, Chrome allows you to track the usage and functionality of each process running on your browser. Not only can you detect with add-on, tab, or other process that is using the most bandwidth, you can end processes individually without disrupting the other processes. The “Crash Control” feature, letting each tab run separately so an individual tab crashing won’t shut down the whole browser, is very handy to avoid losing all of your tabs when one web page is causing problems.

    Like any other browser, Google Chrome claims to be the safest and the fastest, implementing their own ideas to how to tackle these areas. Since page loading speed is dependent on so many factors, from the applications and features on each individual webpages, to the connection speed and applications of the individual computers veiwing the Internet, it would be difficult to actually measure one browser speed to another. For example, Google Chrome uses Javascript to run web applications, but a website that is not created for Javascript may not load nearly as quickly as on Internet Explorer using ActiveX.

    You may be surprised at the speed at which you can load webpages on Google chrome. Speeds will vary based on your computer, Internet connection, and surfing habits, so try it out if you want to know how it will work for you. You can also check out the website, google.com/chrome to download the product, read about more features in detail, and learn about what security measures have been taken in the creation of this browser.

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    Optimizing Your Search Engine Experience With Google

    June 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm (Internet surfing) (, , , , , )

    Google has become a widely popular and prominent authority in the search engine world. Finding the right website for many topics is relatively easy on Google, but sometimes a simple keyword search doesn’t bring the answer right away. Obscure topics, past events, and genre-specific searches sometimes take a little more effort. Google has additional features that you may find helpful for your extensive research.

    Google shows the most popular ways to refine your search at the top of the page, such as Images, Maps, and Shopping. If you click on “more”, you’ll see some additional queries that may interest you, such as Finance or Blogs. The “even more>>” link will display all of the search options and special features Google offers. Each item has a short description if you are not familiar with these features.

    Suppose you want to research a certain topic with which you are unfamiliar and which has many subtopics and fields you want to explore. At the top of the results listed for your search query, you will see the “Show options…” link. This displays a sidebar to the left with additional search tools.

    In the first section you can view videos, forums or reviews of your topic. You can specify when the page was added/updated in the next section for results with recent articles. The third section changes how the view of the search results to show pictures or more text to determine if you want to peruse that website further.

    The fourth section shows four more research tools: “Related searches” show common topics related to your search. The “Wonder wheel” shows related topics on spokes with your topic in the center. For example, if you’re searching for “apples”, the wonder wheel shows “apples nutrition” and “apple types”. If you click on a sub category, it becomes the main category and shows more subheadings. Clicking on “apple types” brings up “apple varieties baking” and “sweet apple varieties”. When you find the topic you’re looking for, switch back to standard view to see websites from this topic.

    Lastly, Timeline shows the popularity of your topic over time and shows select search results in chronological order. You can also click on parts of the time line to get month to month results from a certain year, etc. The earliest results show excerpts from books written in the first millennium.

    With all of these handy features, there’s little question why Google has become a name brand for search engines. Try it out and experience the world of Google search at its finest.

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