Happy Birthday YouTube

Five years from today, YouTube, the popular video site owned by Google was launched in BETA. Today is YouTube’s Birthday and it is celebrating it in style.

The YouTube Logo has a “5” shaped candle lit beside denoting five years of successful existence. Its homepage is also spotlighting its five year mark. The special page has famous people (or people who became famous through YouTube) who narrate their YouTube story to the world.

The page even has a five year time-line which shows the major milestones that it has achieved. Some of them include, IPL hosting of YouTube, Bad Romance and YouTube’s Interview with Obama.

The site also features favorite video picks by famous people over the past period of five years such as Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf, and Katie Couric.

Google Mobile App Updated

According to a recent poll conducted by TheAppleGoogle, users seem to love the Google Mobile App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Google’s Mobile Team is constantly working on the App and is fixing bugs and improving the performance.

Today, Google updated its Mobile App for iPhone to version 0.5.2.3728. A complicated version number though, but Google loves it. The current version fixes the following issues –

1. Fixes Rotation in the Apps Tab
2. Fixes audio contamination issues for both iPhone and iPad.
3. Changes more button to be a popover for iPad.

Google Tablet in the Making

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Google is working along with Verizon to build a new Tablet. Of course, this is not new, but a sure shot confirmation. Google had to respond to Apple and so they are doing.

What really matters is whether the Google tablet will be able to compete with the iPad or not? iPad is currently the tablet king and shortly would be rivaled by Google and other few companies.

What do you feel? Would Google emerge stronger than Apple or not? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Design Prototypes Google Tried

Yesterday, Google revealed their completely new and redesigned homepage with better fonts, better logo, and a revamped interface. The new design was welcomed and cherished by a lot of users including Google fan-boys.

According to Jon Wiley, Google is still working on its design and plans to experiment with some other great design prototypes on its page. They tweaked the design a lot and some of the other designs which they tried were –

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Google’s New Look Spotted

After months of testing, Google plans to officially release a re-designed home page. The Google Logo is re-designed to give out a better glowing look with larger fonts and better graphics. The Search bar has been taken for a ride too and looks very plain and neat.

The results and the ads look the same but the results page has got a sidebar to the left allowing you to improve your search. The left sidebar has a drop down menu which lets you jump from Web Search to Images, News etc efficiently. Images, Videos, Blogs and every other Google Service mentioned in the sidebar now has a new icon to the left of the text.

Basically, the left sidebar is the “Show Options” of the earlier design but in a more graphical manner. Google automatically detects your location based on your IP Address and displays it on the top below the Search Bar.

The links to the bottom of the search results are now actually click-able which would lead you to the homepage of the site. The color which would be green remains the same. Jump to pages bar, which is ideally located at the bottom of the page, looks and feels great with the new Google Logo.

Google keep stepping up the competition.

What do you feel about this new look? Do share your thoughts in the comments.

Google Analytics Adds App Gallery

Today, Google added an App Gallery for Google Analytics. The App Gallery contains about 32 very interesting apps for Google Analytics and developers could even submit their own apps for inclusion in the gallery.

The App Gallery has 12 categories including Data Collection, Mobile Solutions, Content Management among others. Google would eventually offer AdWords support in Google Analytics to help those who have an AdWords Campaign. The App gallery even has an App known as Google Analytics HD which is for the iPad.

Google also mentions that the Apps are mostly developed by third parties or Google users in general and not by Google, thus the Apps could be a bit buggy, but we surely see another market emerging. Almost every website owner has the Analytics tracking code installed on their site and Apps would further enhance Analytics.

Picasa Web Albums Extends Sharing Options

We all love to share pictures online. Whenever we return from a picnic, vacation or a holiday, we share our pictures with our friends and colleagues online. Sharing pictures online has become so much fun with the help of services such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. Picasa Web Albums is another great way to share and save your pictures on the cloud.

Picasa Web Albums now gives you better ways of sharing your pictures with just a single click. Upload your albums to the cloud (Picasa Web Albums) and share your pictures easily via Twitter, Blogger or even Google Buzz.

Picasa Web Albums now has a new option in the sidebar – Post on. The ‘Post On’ option allows you to share a single picture or even a complete album on the above mentioned services.

The ‘Link to this Photo’ option is updated and you could allow your friends to view a particular picture only, without revealing the complete album.

LabPixies Acquired by Google

LabPixies, a leading developer of personalized web gadgets “widgets” including iGoogle, Android and the iPhone has been acquired by Google. Widgets help users improve their experience with a website and LabPixies was the very first developer to develop widgets for iGoogle. Later on, with the coming of the Android platform, LabPixies even started to invest in it and contributed by developing widgets for the Mobile platform by Google.

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Top 5 Google Wave Extensions

Google Wave, a complete collaboration tool launched by Google has reached a point from where neither success nor failure is guaranteed. Though many users including Google fan-boys hate the collaboration tool launched by Google, there are still some who seem to use it regularly. The slow, buggy and incompetent UI brought sadness to a lot of users. Google still seems to be working on the project. It has brought in Extensions for Wave in the hope that it would improve the user interaction and would probably win back the hearts of at-least some.

The Top 5 Extensions for Google Wave which could improve your experience ONLY a bit with Wave are –

1. AccuWeather.com – Install this extension and you could share the weather of your location or any other location with your friends and colleagues. The extension would ask you for a zip code, on entering which it would display the weather of that area. By determining the weather of a location, you and your friends could decide whether to meet there or not.

2. Goo-gly – This Extension uses the Google URL Shortening Service to shorten URL’s inside Wave. Highlight a URL in Wave and use this to shorten it. Works flawlessly!

3. Word Count – An excellent little extension which displays the word count of the selected words. If you are writing an article with your friend and need to put a Word Count at the end, nothing could be better.

4. Grocery List – Allows you to create the list of products which you have to purchase. Has three bars – Quantity, Name and Notes. This could also be used as a task manager for managing your daily tasks.

5. Draw Board for Google Wave – Let’s you draw in Wave, just like paint. Share with users and even draw together. It offers basic features like brush, pencil, eraser, paints etc.

Do let us know about your favorite Google Wave Extension.