Google April Fools (2) – Really Advanced Search, Inter-planet Analytics, Voice for Pets

The second round of Google’s April Fools!  This time we have a “really” advanced search, Google Analytics that shows traffic from the universe and Google Voice for your pets.

 

Really Advanced Search

This version of Advanced Search allows users to search for:

  • “words almost, but not quite entirely unlike” your phrase
  • “rhyming slang for” your phrase
  • exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime
  • “subtext or innuendo for” your phrase
and some more… you can also narrow the search results by “font”, “textured background”, “looping midi music” etc.  I wish this “Really Advanced Search” comes true someday.  If Google is really this intelligent, we could get much more accurate search results that suit our particular needs.

Google Really Advanced Search

http://www.google.com/js/reallyadvanced.html

 

Google Voice for Pets

This new product features “technology originally developed for NASA spacesuits”.  A LED emitter could project a virtual keyboard on the ground for your pet to type messages (if you pet knows how to tap).  By putting a collar on your pet’s neck, what is “said” by it wuold be collected and uploaded to your Google Voice account.  The voicemail transcription engine will translate your pet’s messages into English.  There is even an Android app to make voice call to your pet!

Google Voice for Pets

What would happen if you “Call” your pet?  Will the system translate your voice into cat meows?

http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/google-voice-expands-to-new-markets.html

 

Interplanetary Reports by Google Analytics

My final pick is Google Analytics.  For the first time we can track the visits by our extraterrestrial friends!  This new function shows the visitor number from Mars,Venus, Jupiter…  The following screenshot shows a web site with around 200 hundred visitors from some planets:

Interplanetary Google Analytics Reports

If this could happen, I want to see friend from Mars landing on my site too!

 

Read more: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2012/04/interplanetary-reporting-comes-to.html

 

There are lots and lots more April fools by Google and other tech companies such as Google Fiber Bars, Google Street Views by kangaroos, super miniature Ultrabook by Sony, Reddit timeline, etc.  Find out more from these April Fool Round-ups:

http://www.slashgear.com/april-fools-in-the-tech-world-2012-round-up-01221002/

http://searchengineland.com/googles-gags-go-worldwide-for-april-fools-day-2012-117046

http://www.pcworld.com/article/252985/20_april_fools_mustsee_websites_from_google_to_sony_to_youtube.html

 

5 Recommended Reddit Chrome Extensions

Are you a redditor?  I am.  It’s great to see the web sites recommended by other internet users, and it’s great to share what I found too.  But not every web site has a Reddit button.  In this article I’ll introduce some Chrome extensions that brings Reddit features to web sites no matter they have the submission button or not.  Besides, I also introduce two extensions that enhances the function of Reddit.

 

Reddit Companion

This is an official product by reddit.com.  It adds a submission bar in your Chrome browser so that you can share any web site you found.  You can also upvote and downvote a web site.  New messages are shown in this notification bar when they appear.

Reddit Companion Chrome Extension

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/algjnflpgoopkdijmkalfcifomdhmcbe

 

Reddit’s Orange Envelope

Want a more subtle way to get notified about new messages?  This extension adds an icon with counter next to the Chrome address bar, you can easily see the number of messages you have on reddit.

Reddit Orange Envelope Chrome Extension

(Image source: Extension’s page in Chrome Web Store)

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hlogkgjpdeniihmgefnbndnedimfpijo

 

Reddit Anywhere

This extension brings you a pop-up window showing previous submissions by redditors.  You can read their comments, upvote and downvote a web site.  Of course, yuo can also submit a site to Reddit if it has not be submitted by any people previously.

Reddit Anywhere Chrome Extension

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ldocbjabkdopnncieelmeokoigpnnilb

 

Reddit Enhancement Suite

RES is a powerful browser add-on that adds many Reddit-related features to your browser.  It supports Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.  It has a long list of features including account switcher, keyboard navigation (shortcuts), inline image viewer, enhanced Reddit interface, comment saving, etc.  You can find a full feature list here.

Official Web Site: http://redditenhancementsuite.com

 

Hover Zoom

Actually this is not a Reddit-only extension.  It adds image hover zoom to not only Reddit but also many other popular web site such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Flickr, Wikipedia, eBay, Google+, WordPress…

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nonjdcjchghhkdoolnlbekcfllmednbl

VHX.tv – Online Video Sharing and Discovery

Today’s featured social web app is VHX, a place where you can discover and share video online.  This web app features an easy-to-use interface that makes watching and sharing video on popular social sites and media sites extremely easy.

 

Online Video Sharing and Discovery Made Easy

So what is this VHX all about?  First of all, it is a video watching portal.  The web app brings you the popular video clips being shared by people on the internet.  You can quite some channels such as movie trailers, BuzzFeed and Staff Picks chosen by VHX staff and watch instantly in the browser window.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery

But there is more about this web app.  By linking your accounts on social platforms to VHX, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you can enjoy the video shared by your friends.  So you don’t have to go here and there, just one web app to enjoy video on all platforms.  It also has a Reddit channel that does not require your Reddit credentials.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery - Reddit channel

A third source of finding video on VHX is by sharing.  Users can add a bookmarklet in their browser to share any video found on a web site to VHX.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery - Post to Social Sites

This web app is not only designed for instant watching.  You can put video in your queue for watching later.  And if you discovered any great stuff, simply click share to post it to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr to invite your friends to view it.

 

Summary

I like the idea of VHX because it does not simply scrape popular video on the internet, just like the TwitTV I introduced before.  The core idea of VHX is crowdsourcing and sharing.  The web app itself does not need to monitor the video sharing trend on popular sites, it simply rely on its users and their friends.  I particularly like the simple user interface of it.  Tablet users should find it easy to navigate around.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery

Official Site: http://vhx.tv

10 apps and services Google Plus may replace

Google+ Project: Next generation of social sharing and networking

Two days ago I got a Google+ account thanks to the sudden opening of application for a limited time.  In the last 48 hours, I played around and found that Google+ has huge potentials to be unearthed.  It’s not just a social network, use it smart you can turn it into useful tools.  Some web apps and services may find themselves being threatened by Google+.

 

(1) Bookmarking Services like Delicious

Create a private circle with nobody in it.  Whenever you discover anything interesting, either from the net or streams of people you follow, share it to this private circle.  As time goes by you build up a collection of bookmarks.  This is a creative use suggested by The Next Web.

(2) Short Messaging like Whatsapp

Whatsapp to be replaced by Google Plus?

Create circles with your friends in it.  Send messages by creating new streams.  If your friends have Google+ app for smartphone (currently only available in Android, iOS app pending Apple’s approval), it works just like sending SMS or message via Whatsapp.  What makes this method more appealing is that you have a web interface to send message.

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