Archive for August, 2006

Sharing Gadgets

Sharing Gadgets

Some gadgets are simply better when you share them, and if you’re thinking of creating such a gadget, you’re in luck. By means of the Communication API, Google Desktop allows a gadget to exchange data with another instance of the same gadget on a friend’s computer. Through Google Talk, you can send and receive short strings (up to 2 kilobytes) of anything you want.

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Homeless

Homeless Great article in Wired News about how homeless folks can use blogging to reach out and express themselves online. I never thought about how important it would be to get homeless people email access, but it makes obvious sense when you realize that they have no fixed address. posted by Jason Goldman

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Professional Services

Professional Services

One of the great things about giving away Google Analytics for free is that you, our customer, get to select exactly the professional services you want. We don’t restrict you with (or ask you to pay for) a pre-determined one-size-fits-all professional services package. Instead, you customize your integration, analysis, and implementation package according to your needs. Some of you already have in-house expertise, some prefer a do-it-yourself model, and others prefer to work directly with one of our Google Analytics partners.

We’ll continue to support you with our free resources: the Analytics Online Help , the Analytics Discussion Group, built-in product help, Conversion University, as well as the occasional webinars, events, and blog entries. But if you need sophisticated hands-on professional services, it’s nice to know where to find them.

Whichever part of the world you do business in, whatever level of service you need, there’s a Google Analytics partner ready to help. We’re going to highlight some of our partners in upcoming blog posts, but if you’re used to using another enterprise level analytics package, you’re probably already familiar (and have perhaps worked with) some of our Google Analytics partners. Stay tuned for more.

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Getting to know you

Getting to know you

By Donal Mountain, User Experience team

As a user experience researcher on the Base team, it’s my job to really understand how you are using Base. I spend much of my time observing people who already use Base every day.

I do this research in order to learn as much as I can about people’s interactions with Base: what parts of the product do you particularly like or dislike? Which things are enjoyable, and which are cumbersome or downright confusing? I then take this information back to the rest of the Base team, so that we can be sure that we’re all working to make Base easy to use, with the features you really care about.

If you use Base regularly, you can probably list a few quirky things you’d like to see changed. If you’re new to Base, chances are there are some gray areas for you. Seeing things from the perspective of our users is often quite humbling — it reminds us of all the work we have yet to do.

Base really is a beta product, which means we’re continuing to make it as easy and rewarding to use as possible. If you have any particular insights, please contact me directly.

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Make your own buttons

Make your own buttons

Custom Buttons are by far my favorite feature in the new Google Toolbar, which comes out of beta today. Clearly I’m not the only one, either — we have over 600 buttons in the gallery, with new buttons being added every day — and here are some some of my favorites, if you’d like to add them to your Toolbar. If you’re interested in making your own, it’s pretty easy. Just go to one of your favorite sites, right-click on the search box, and then click “Generate Custom Search.” You can find out how to add advanced features to your buttons here.

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