Posts Tagged 'google'

Welcome to Google, KS

Phong shared this funny story today about Topeka (the capital city of Kansas) changing it's name to Google for a month.  Google.  Why exactly did they name it Google?

"It's just fun. We're having a good time of it," he said of the unofficial name change, which will last through the end of March. "There's a lot of good things that are going on in our city."

Just for fun!  Just for fun they say!  I wonder what good things they're talking about?  Maybe I should drive up and find a job there.  Or maybe Google might swing down and startup a new facility there!  Oh the possibilities!

The funny thing is that they've pulled this stunt before.  Cuong told me that they actually did the same thing before: they changed the capital to ToPikachu, KS.  ToPikachu as in Pikachu from Pokemon, lol.  That's pretty amazing that they did that once already — they must be anime fans!

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The difference between Japan and America

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Saw this the other day while I was browsing.  Is google Japan turning into the next yahoo?  Or is this what industry trends in Japan prefer?  Sometimes I wonder what google has in mind overseas…

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Nico Douga might be in a little trouble.

Nico Nico Douga, the popular Japanese version of Youtube, has recently been branching out to other parts of the world by introducing Taiwanese, Spanish, and German language versions.  It would seem that they'd soon be opening up all over the globe, with an eventual English release here (hopefully). 

Google, and most definitely Youtube as well, have noticed this growth and have created a clone of the popular video-sharing service.

According to this article, it would appear that Google's acquistion of Omnisio's video platform will eventually roll out onto Youtube (another property of Google).  Instead of a variety of colored text floating by the screen, Omnisio uses bubble text that you can place anywhere on the screen.  Right now, you can see annoying annotations starting to appear on certain videos on Youtube that's sorta similar in vein with Omnisio. 

While its not too surprising that Google is copying ideas from other successful companies, the issue begs the question, "how will the community react?"  I'm sure everyone is familiar with the horrible, rude, and at-times insipid comments Youtube users flood on highly viewed videos.  What's gonna happen to children trying to watch a short clip on funny cats when they suddenly get bombarded with rude comments vomiting all over the screen?  Will Youtube screen these comments in favor for a cleaner environment?

Not likely, perhaps. 

And that will ultimately be the difference between Youtube and Nico Douga: the community. And I think Nico is winning in that department.

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Google enters video game market

No no…I'm just kidding.  Sort of.  Although the video game part is true. 

From the most recent 1up.com podcast, they had mentioned real briefly, a game that Google created that isn't quite a game…

Actually its more like, "do you want to help Google make more money for free?" kind of game.  Basically you play with a partner and match "labels" to gain points.  When the time runs out, the game ends. 

Its a pretty fun game…and quite addictive.  Just remember this: the longer you play it, the higher Google's stock goes. 

Play the game here.

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