Did Google Shutdown ___________ Yet?
A deathwatch for Google products.
See also Charles Arthur’s historical data on Google shutdowns.
A deathwatch for Google products.
See also Charles Arthur’s historical data on Google shutdowns.
I don’t tend to be a “magic pill” kind of believer, but I can honestly say that embracing progressive enhancement can radically change your business for the better. And I’m glad to see Google agrees with me.
Google has updated its advice to people making websites, who might want to have those sites indexed by Google. There are two simple bits of advice: optimise for performance, and use progressive enhancement.
Just like modern browsers, our rendering engine might not support all of the technologies a page uses. Make sure your web design adheres to the principles of progressive enhancement as this helps our systems (and a wider range of browsers) see usable content and basic functionality when certain web design features are not yet supported.
Stuart has written some wise words about making privacy the differentiator that can take on Facebook and Google.
He also talks about Aral’s ind.ie project; all the things they’re doing right, and all things they could do better:
The ind.ie project is to open source as Brewdog are to CAMRA.
This is what Scott Jenson has been working on—a first stab at just-in-time interactions by having physical devices broadcasting URLs.
Walk up and use anything
Kubrickian pictures taken by the Google robot wherein it captures its own reflection.
An early look at the just-in-time interactions that Scott has been working on:
Nearby works like this. An enabled object broadcasts a short description of itself and a URL to devices nearby listening. Those URLs are grabbed and listed by the app, and tapping on one brings you to the object’s webpage, where you can interact with it—say, tell it to perform a task.
A nice stroll around Marseilles at night without any of the traditional danger.
I despair sometimes.
Here’s a ridiculous Heath-Robinsonesque convoluted way of getting the mighty all-powerful Googlebot to read the web thangs you’ve built using the new shiny client-side frameworks like Angular, Ember, Backbone…
Here’s another idea: output your HTML in HTML.
You might want to untick the checkbox at the bottom of this screen:
Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.
I have a lot of admiration for Reverend Dan Catt.
I don’t want to be in a position where I say “Hey, I’m working at Google, no no, don’t worry, the good bit of Google”, because goodness knows I did enough of that at Yahoo.
We have lost an ally in the fight to maintain net neutrality. I wonder how Vint Cerf feels about his employer’s backtracking.
The specific issue here is with using a home computer as a server. It’s common for ISPs to ban this activity, but that doesn’t change the fact that it flies in the face of the fundamental nature of the internet as a dumb network.
I think the natural end point to owning your own data is serving your own data—something that Steven Pemberton talked about in his fateful talk.
We must fight these attempts to turn the internet into controlled system of producers and consumers.
Stuart nails it: the real problem with delegating identity is not what some new app will do with your identity details, it’s what the identity provider—Twitter, Google, Facebook—will do with the knowledge that you’re now using some new app.
This is why I want to use my own website as my identity provider.
Looks like Google are offering responsive (or at least adaptive) ad sizes.
A superb piece by Marco Arment prompted by the closing of Google Reader. He nails the power of RSS:
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
And he’s absolutely on the money when he describes what changed:
RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).
I share his anger.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
Google’s track record is not looking good. There seems to be a modus operandi of bait-and-switch: start with open technologies (XMPP, CalDav, RSS) and then once they’ve amassed a big enough user base, ditch the standards.
Google’s plan to bring internet connectivity to remote areas by using balloons wafting in the stratosphere.
Considering that Google seems to put as much time and effort into its April Fool’s jokes as it does into its real projects, you’d be forgiven for assuming this was a spoof.
Good news from Google: it’s going to start actively penalising sites for perpetrating the worst practices for mobile e.g. redirecting a specific “desktop” URL to a the homepage of the mobile site, or for shoving a doorslam “download our app” message at users.
I wish that we could convince people not to do that crap on the basis of it being, well, crap. But when all else fails, saying “Google says so” carries a lot of weight (see also: semantics, accessibility, yadda, yadda, yadda).
The litany of open standards that Google has been abandoning: RSS, XMPP, WebDav…
The accidental beauty in Google’s autosuggest algorithm.
A good history lesson in rendering engines: KHTML, WebKit, and now, Blink.
Charles Arthur analyses the data from Google’s woeful history of shutting down its services.
So if you want to know when Google Keep, opened for business on 21 March 2013, will probably shut - again, assuming Google decides it’s just not working - then, the mean suggests the answer is: 18 March 2017. That’s about long enough for you to cram lots of information that you might rely on into it; and also long enough for Google to discover that, well, people aren’t using it to the extent that it hoped.
Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.
Related to my rant on links that aren’t actually links: buttons that aren’t actually buttons.
Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.
I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.
A fascinating piece by James on trap streets, those fictitious places on maps that have no corresponding territory.
Beautiful thoughtful work from the BERGians.
In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.
Google’s datadump makes for a fascinating—and worrying—bit of data dumpster diving.
Robin Sloan compares Facebook and Google in an interesting way:
Really, Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing site—that also happens to be a social network and a login system.
Google is getting good, really good, at building things that see the world around them and actually understand what they’re seeing.
Advice on creating responsive designs from Google. It’s not exactly the best tutorial out there (confusing breakpoints with device widths) but it’s great to see the big guns getting involved.
Glenn gives a rational thoughtful explanation of why he’s as pissed off as I am about Google’s destruction of the Social Graph API.
An in-depth look at where Google is going wrong.
Jason’s rip-roaring presentation from Defcon last year.
Google are shutting down the Social Graph API. Twunts.
As if you needed another reason why QR codes are shit ..are you certain you’ve proofed it?
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
Stef does some data-sleuthing and uncovers some shocking behaviour on the part of Google in Kenya.
What would Google+, YouTube and Facebook have looked like in 1997?
Everyone has their bullshit. You can simply decide whose you’re willing to tolerate.
This move by Google to start executing some POST requests makes me very uneasy: the web is agreement and part of that agreement is that POST requests are initiated by the user.
Aral takes the words right out of my mouth. This is pretty much exactly how I feel about Dart.
An excellent article that examines the supposed benefits of publishing through someone else’s app store instead of the web.
John pushes back against the idea that browser innovation is moving too slow.
Performance shit just got real.
You can now sign up with Google to have your site pass every request through them and get your documents served up optimised.
Great news! Google Analytics now tracks page load times.
The threat to Google Videos shows businesses are not suitable cultural custodians — they can’t be held accountable to the public.
A supremely useful tool from Google for measuring performance.
A nice overview of the increasing importance of UX on the web, written by Bobbie with soundbites from Andy.
Yeah, it’s an April Fool’s video (lamest day on the internet) but this is amusing.
How cool is this‽ You can create your own custom “huffduff it” link for items in Google Reader.
The Google voicemail transcript, which begins at 11 minutes in, cracked me up.
Some of the more unusual moments in time that have been captured by Google Street View. There’s something very Gibsonian about this.
Tim Bray calmly explains why hash-bang URLs are a very bad idea.
This is what we call “tight coupling” and I thought that anyone with a Computer Science degree ought to have been taught to avoid it.
So why use a hash-bang if it’s an artificial URL, and a URL that needs to be reformatted before it points to a proper URL that actually returns content?
Out of all the reasons, the strongest one is “Because it’s cool”. I said strongest not strong.
An interesting, if necessarily somewhat complicated-looking, API from Google: analyse your user's past behaviour to predict future outcomes.
If you aren't already marking up addresses in hCard, you really, really, really should start.
Google reaffirms its commitment to net neutrality ...except when it comes to wireless broadband, of course, because that's *totally* different, right? This disgusts me.
Well: this is an odd one: the entire duration of the trans-siberian railway on video and simultaneous map.
A new HTML5 resource from Paul Irish and other Googlers.
Steve Faulkner has created a petition to let Google know what screenreader users think of Chrome's appalling lack of basic accessibility hooks.
Google-hosted free-as-in-beer webfonts.
Mozilla, Opera and Google are collaborating on an open format for audio and video for the web (a wrapper for Vorbis for audio and VP8 for video).
An excellent way to do geolocation even in browser that don't support it natively.
A lesson from Google Buzz: a large sampling isn't always a representative sampling.
Before we point the finger and laugh at the Facebook users leaving confused comments on Read Write Web, we should look to our own experiences with Google Buzz.
Erin explains exactly how badly Google have messed up privacy concerns with Buzz.
A frightening tale of just how badly Google messed up with the lack of privacy controls on Buzz.
Best. Bug report. Ever.
Using Google Chrome Frame in IE will give users of assistive technology the same shitty to non-existent experience they would get in the actual Google Chrome browser.
A tool from Google to help you see how your microformated content is showing up.
Foreheadslappingly stupid behaviour from the Associated Press.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
Standalone embeddable widgets from Google that you can drop into any web page. The maps widget finally frees the maps API from the tyranny of coupling a domain with an API key.
A superb call to arms on the importance of "fat pipe, always on, get out of my way."
Douglas is featured in The New York Times (and look: there's Dustin behind him).
A nice overview of Glenn's XFN Firefox plug-in.
A person-specific portal generated using Google's Social Graph API. And it's less than 5K!
Douglas explains why he's leaving Google. "I won’t miss a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data."
There's a new rel value in town: "canonical". It looks like an awful lot like "bookmark".
Vint Cerf announces M-Lab: an excellent resource which will allow people to find out if and how their internet access is being throttled. Viva l'internet!
A nice way to play around with Google's APIs. Example code is provided which you can edit and immediately see the results.
Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.
This looks like being an excellentâ€”and freeâ€”resource "...meant to provide web application developers, browser engineers, and information security researchers with a one-stop reference to key security properties of contemporary web browsers."
Jon's helvetican theme for Google Reader.
A patent filed by Google for offshore server farms cooled by sea water.
WiFi hotspots in Brighton (including passwords where required) courtesy of Josh.
User-agent: zombies Disallow: /brains
The Google Chart API can produce QR codes. Neato!
In the course of defending a porn site owner, a defense attorney has come up with an interesting way of trying to define "community standards" ...using Google search stats.
All of Google's data APIs (Calendar, Blogger, Contacts, etc.) all now support OAuth. Excellent!
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
As promised by Kevin Marks in the Q&A after my panel at South by Southwest, the Google Contacts API now supports OAuth. w00t!
There is an undocumented feature in Google Maps: add "&output=html" to the URL to get the accessible, non-Ajax version.
David Recordon shares his first impressions of Google App Engine.