Thursday, August 12, 2010

New About Google - 12 August 2010

  • Making orkut cleaner and better looking

    August 12, 2010

    You probably noticed a visual change on orkut today. It's the new top bar! We've made some visual improvements not only to make your pages look prettier, but also more cleaner and similar to other Google products:




    You'll notice a new link called "scraps", a quick way to access your scrapbook from any page. We also moved the "themes" menu there, so your most important links are now all in one place.

    But you'll actually see the major improvements more clearly when you apply a theme to your profile. Any theme now looks


  • Schedule (or join) a YouTube Meetup!

    August 11, 2010

    From events like VidCon and 789 to the sheer number of get-togethers reported by folks like YTGathering, we know how much YouTube users love to meet up in the real world. We’ve even crashed some of these shindigs and always come back to the office totally rejuvenated by your energy.

    All of this got us thinking: how can we help spur on more of these gatherings? Turns out our friends at Meetup have just the thing for that: our new Meetup Everywhere page offers a global view of where YouTube users are meeting and an easy way for anyone


  • YouTube Summer School, Session 5: Biology

    August 11, 2010

    Have you ever wondered what makes a queen bee the queen? Or perhaps pondered the process of photosynthesis? We have too (nerd alert...again) and we’re glad that we’re not the only ones! In fact, a few of our university partners have helped us find the answers to our biology questions and a variety of other topics on YouTube EDU. Take some time to scan this week’s playlist to learn more about your immune system, the Alaskan ecosystem and biofuels.



    While we've got our thinking caps on, see if you can answer the questions


  • Your Google stories: finding the right words

    August 11, 2010

    This is part of a series of stories from people who have shared how Google has helped them in their lives. Check back the rest of this week for more, and if you have a Google story, tell us about it. -Ed.

    I work on projects to help people communicate between languages—whether to read in foreign languages, write in different scripts or chat with people in other countries. Helping people understand information and each other, regardless of language, is an incredibly rewarding experience. This is why it’s always exciting to hear real testimonials


  • Collect audience input with Google Sites & Moderator

    August 11, 2010

    Google Moderator helps anyone find the best input from their audiences, whether it’s suggestions on how to stop the oil spill, debate questions at the Copenhagen climate change conference, or questions for Katy Perry. Starting today, you can use Moderator inside your Google Sites as well. For example, if you have a restaurant site, you can embed Google Moderator on your suggestions page to get input from your restaurant patrons. Here’s how:

    1. Create a series at Google Moderator.


    2. Start editing a page in your Google Site,

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