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Melanie's Round Up

By - June 15, 2006

Major imagery update on Google Earth

For its first birthday, Google Earth gets updates, most impresively “sub-meter high-resolution imagery available for more than one third of the world’s population. While initially available only in Google Earth, this database will also be accessible in Google Maps shortly.” And a peek at the future: Earth with interactive touch sensors and voice recognition.

Aiming for quantity and quality at Google Video

A zeitgeist-y ranking of Google videos rising in popularity is now available, organized per 40 countries. The algorithm ranks video popularity based on both the viewer reach and rate of views. Oh, BTW…Google wants to host all the world’s videos and currently places no file size restrictions on hosted videos, according to GV business manager Hunter Walk, talking in an interview with Beet.TV.

Mikons-2Mikons symbol tags

Mikons launches, bringing symbolism to social tagging and search networks. The Mikon Machine provides a free online vector editing graphic tool that allows users to design their own tradable symbols. The visual personal tags can be exported to other online social applications.

Support from a passive search community

Baynote features search backed by community confidence without requiring explicit tagging actions by users, instead tracking user interest by cues such as bookmarking, clipping, or printing.

Spreadsheets fall short

While some users have found Google Spreadsheets useful, most online reviews conclude the first free online spreadsheets aren’t quite ready for prime-time–with lingering concerns over privacy and limited capabilities (though the beta’s bare bones are expected to soon be fortified).

MySpace Launches Job Search

The newly unveiled MySpace Careers powers with Simply Hired.

Picasa Web Albums

Google’s Picasa introduces a test version of Web Albums, with 250 MB free storage space and photo sharing capabilities.

Brain Vid-1The big purple brain

A Yahoo promo perches 25 Answers experts in a “gigantic purple brain (complete with firing synapses),” responding to questions sent up from passersby on street-level for 72 straight hours.

Pax Google

Its search market share continues to grow. “Compared with March 2006, the May figures from Hitwise show Google gaining 1 percentage point of share, Yahoo staying almost flat and Microsoft losing 1 percentage point.” (IDG News Service). And, an update on progress in Google’s wifi aims and efforts in San Francisco and Mountain View.

GayprideGay pride portal launches at Yahoo

For Gay Pride Month Yahoo launched a gay pride portal, “powered by virtually Yahoo’s entire arsenal of social media tools” according to MicroPersuasion.

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  1. Bill Gates Resigning CEO Position to work for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – in a two year transition


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  3. Mark Smith says:

    John –

    Thanks for the mikons mention.

    It looks like you have made some mikons. I will send you stickers of them or others, just let me know.

    Kind Regards –