The Past Week In Google Search
In each given week, Google comes up with a set of new services, a couple of fun features and more. Having grown immensely in the past years, the search engine giant usually has at least two, three new things to introduce every couple of days or so. So let’s see what the team at Google has been up to this week. First off, most people are familiar with Google’s entertaining, good looking and always different doodles that are posted on special occasions. Recently, the company figured that its user’s birthdays are quite important. That’s why from now on, users will get to see a personalized Google Doodle on their birthdays.
Obviously, for this to happen, they will have to reveal the day on which they were born. This can be done by visiting your Google Profile (or setting one up if you don’t have one already) and entering your birth date. After that, if you visit Google.com or any other local versions on your birthday, you’ll get to see a birthday Doodle that was created just for you. Google also mentions that you’ll have to be signed in when you visit the page in order to see the Doodle. Clicking on the Doodle will take you to your profile page, which you’ll discover was decorated for the special event.
Also during this week, Google decided to rename Google Suggest. Initially launched in 2004 in Labs, the service was meant to help people enter their searches faster. It’s been a very popular feature since then and it’s still present in Google’s most recent search engine version, Instant. The only change that it went through was a name change. If you’re referring to “Google Suggest” you’ll starting from now have to use the name “Google Autocomplete”. That’s because the company figured Autocomplete would fit better with the new functionality, once it launched Google Instant, since what it actually offered was automatic queries and automatic results.
Since we’ve just mentioned Google Instant, it’s also nice to add that the search engine is rapidly expanding around the Globe. Last week it’s been launched in several countries, including Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore. Despite it being released a short while ago, people are already starting to get a hang of it and love it. In about two weeks, the fraction of searches performed without hitting enter or clicking search had increased by a lot. If you don’t have it where you’re living yet, have no fear, Google is working on it. The company explained that it plans to expand around the globe as soon as it possibly can, but the launch is pretty demanding for its infrastructure. I’ve personally used Google Instant ever since it launched. I simply ignored my local version in favor of Google.com, but some people who are mostly spending time on or looking for local websites might not think it’s worth it.
This week also saw some improvements to Google’s public data search features. The company has announced that it’s working closely with Eurostat to surface some pretty useful and interesting data regarding unemployment rates, minimum wage, broadband penetration across Europe and More. The data is available in 34 languages and it was also internalized from the World Bank.
So, at the end of the week, it’s also important to mention what people searched for themost. This past week, it seems that Google searches skyrocketed in the US. Popular during this week, as shown in Google Beat, were the following: columbus day, pumpkin carving, texas rangers, brett favre, deadspin, karen owen, and cigar guy. You can enjoy this week’s edition of the Beat above.11