Browsing Tag: google


    Google+: A Ghost Town in Our Mid-Sized Town

    September 16, 2012

    I’ll believe that Google+ is catching on when I can look at the “Nearby” circle and see content that’s newer than a day old.

    I took the screenshot below a couple nights ago. It’s not like the Tri-Cities is the middle of nowhere. We have 253,000 people in the metropolitan area (2010 census). We have a fast-growing airport that’s served by four airlines. We’re the 4th-biggest metro area in Washington state.

    And every time I check the “Nearby” circle on Google+, it’s a ghost town.



    More Google Shopping Madness

    September 2, 2012

    Remember when I showed how Google was pushing Shopping ads/results when I did a search?

    Now there’s this, on a search when I was trying to find out the name of the drummer from Men At Work:


    Absolute madness.

    I clicked through to see the jacket, and the color is called “drummer blue.” And that’s enough to prompt a shopping result/ad on my search.



    Google: Any Excuse to Show an Ad

    July 27, 2012

    In what world is it relevant to show a bunch of ads when someone does a site: search looking for an article from a specific publisher?

    In Google’s world!!!

    I was searching for a specific article about Pinwheel that we previoiusly published on Marketing Land, but Google ignored the part and crammed a bunch of Shopping ads at the top of the page.

    Talk about irrelevant search results….




    Google’s Scheme Revealed!

    December 21, 2011

    Yesterday afternoon I came upon an invite to, a recommendation engine owned by Google that got a little press within the last few weeks. The idea is that, with help from friends, you can discover things to do — big or small stuff — track what you want to do, what you’ve done, etc.

    I have no intention to review the site at all (okay, in one sentence: It seems kinda pointless.), but this was pretty funny to me:

    As soon as I accepted the invite and signed up for an account, Schemer sent me to its home page and this was the first recommendation I saw.


    How perfect is that??!! Google’s scheme is obviously to get everyone to switch to Google+ from Facebook, Twitter and any other social networking site we use.


    Google’s Airfare iPhone App Suggests a 2-Day Layover

    August 8, 2011

    For my money, the best airfare app on the iPhone is Google’s “On The Fly” — the latest update has all kinds of great search features and beats Kayak hands down when it comes to finding airfares.

    I’ve been using it a lot lately because the McGees are thinking about a return trip to Hawaii sometime in the next year. So I like to keep an eye on current fares from Pasco to Maui, or maybe Seattle/Portland to Maui.

    That’s what I was doing when On The Fly found me a $588 fare from Pasco to Maui on Alaska Airlines. But ignore the price … check out the length of this flight and the layover!


    Really, Google? Really???

    It’s suggesting a 53-hour trip, 46 hours of which would be spent on a “layover” in Seattle. WTF!!!????

    I do a lot of looking at airfares and never have I seen any system suggest a 2-day layover. Still shaking my head over this one. And no, if we go to Hawaii again, we won’t be booking that flight.


    Google+’s Killer Feature

    July 12, 2011

    I don’t know if Google+ will be a success in the long run, and I strongly suspect that it’ll never advance beyond being a facebook/Twitter hybrid for the tech crowd, but this much I know: The killer feature of Google+ isn’t video chat or anything else. It’s this:


    No matter what Google service/property you’re on, those red notifications go everywhere you go. If you’re actively commenting and posting, or being followed a lot, you keep getting sucked back in to see what the latest notification says.

    Very smart, Google. They’ve made it nearly impossible — at least for the search industry — to avoid Google+.