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Google Search Results Have Holiday Spirit

December 26, 2008 Leave a comment

xmas-resultsSearching for “Christmas” on Google yields sponsored results with a neat little holiday border around them. “Christmas”, “Christmas cards”, “Christmas stocking”, and even “Christmas sales” showed the festive border.

In 8 out of 10 of the top searches for “Christmas”, the border appeared:

  1. christmas tree
  2. christmas lyrics
  3. merry christmas
  4. christmas songs
  5. christmas cards
  6. christmas 2008
  7. christmas gifts
  8. christmas music
  9. christmas lights
  10. christmas song

(top searches According to Google Insights for Search)

Also interesting is searches for “marry christmas” increased 40% from last year, showing we’ve become badder spellers. Lucky we have Google, who shows the results for “merry”.

Marry Xmas!

You can leave the "x" in "xmas"

You can leave the "x" in "xmas"

My Yammer Trial: Not Bad

December 17, 2008 Leave a comment

yammer

My email inbox is officially out-of-control. I can’t find anything and it’s over the storage limit almost everyday. This is the reason I’ve been trying out Yammer. Have you heard of it?

Yammer, a “Twitter for business”, was launched in September of this year and also won the top prize at TechCrunch50. (TechCrunch50 is a showcase for startups to present their idea to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and the press.)

Yammer allows co-workers to make quick status updates on what they’re working on. They require a corporate email address to sign-up which ensures privacy.

Once in Yammer, you access a feed of messages limited to folks working for the same company. You can create private groups to limit communications to a select team or project. Users can also have threaded discussions, “follow” co-workers, attach files, and create a professional profile.

Mobile nuts can use their phone to send and receive messages via SMS through either iPhone or Blackberry apps.

A co-worker and I have been testing Yammer for three weeks now. Our everyday use is mostly asking quick questions and posting updates when stuff is done. I’ve been using the desktop AIR app for PCs for posting. The app is convenient and has a pop-up window when there is a new message. With just two of us in the trail, I like the pop-up. I can imagine this would start to get annoying with a larger group.

So far, the overall technology has been dependable and user-friendly. We’ve found it reduces the volume of emails for short updates which was sorta the point from the beginning. My main concern is less tech savvy employees may resist using this. I can easily see someone intending to post in the “private group” and instead posting in the public group. That would be awkward…

Since the base product is free, you can give it shout without any investment at this point. Or you can just use it to chat with co-workers– nice. 🙂

Yahoo’s Top Searches of 2008: Predictable

December 1, 2008 1 comment
Why do we care?

Why do we care?

The final tally is in and Yahoo has reported on the top searches of 2008. The top searches are, unfortunately, predictable.

The full report at Y! Buzz is actually interesting with a great Flashback report with a 2008 vs. 2007 Analysis for geeks who love to get into the details of even guilty pleasure type news…

Top 10 Searches: 2008

  1. Britney Spears
  2. WWE
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Miley Cyrus
  5. RuneScape (multi player game)
  6. Jessica Alba
  7. Naruto (a manga and anime series)
  8. Lindsay Lohan
  9. Angelina Jolie
  10. American Idol