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Google, Herding Cats, and Knol

Posted by telecommatt on January 4, 2008

Knol: Good Attempt at Herding Knowledge Cats – ReadWriteWeb

it was inevitable that big companies would spend lots of money on complex knowledge management systems. Most of those investment had very poor returns

This is probably the most interesting post on Knol that I’ve read. It’s been getting pretty mixed reviews. CNET’s Buzz Out Loud podcast, for example, didn’t seem to think much of it, but that was right after the recent Wikipedia scandal broke out.

I’ve got mixed feelings as well. It’s obvious that Google knows how to manage knowledge and harness it’s knowledge resources. I’m not certain that this will really provide something that you can’t get from, say, Ask.com or Mahalo.

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Get Ready To Jott To Your Google Calendar

Posted by telecommatt on December 4, 2007

I got a fun email from speech-to-text enabling company, Jott, tonight. Actually, if you use Jott and Gmail, you got it too, so it’s not like I’m special or anything. But I’m really excited about this new feature they’re adding– the ability to add to your Google Calendar using your voice. Seriously, how cool is that?!

Dear Gmail Jotters,

After three days of rain and snow, the sun is finally shining in
Seattle — just in time to celebrate the release of the official Google
Calendar Jott Link! If you’re out and about, and want to update
your calendar in a single step, just Jott!

To take a sneak peak at this application (we’re letting the word out tomorrow), visit Jott.com and add Google Calendar to your Jott Links.

When you Jott to your Google Calendar, simply leave a message like… “Meet Andy for lunch tomorrow at noon.”
Jott will transcribe your message, and lunch with Andy will automatically be added to your calendar for noon the next day.
This amazing, single step feature is the perfect complement to Google Calendar when you’re away from your PC.
For information on Jott Links and how they work, visit http://jott.com/jott-links/.

Cheers,

The Jott Team

I have to say, I’m really impressed with Jott. They keep rolling out these fantastic features, and I don’t think they get nearly enough credit for doing so. If you haven’t tried Jott, the basic idea is that you call up a phone number, say something, and tell Jott who to send it to. You can send reminders to yourself, birthday greetings to your dog, tweets to Twitter, posts to WordPress, and a bunch of other stuff I haven’t tried yet. When Jott delivers your message, it delivers the voice recording as well as a (surprisingly accurate) speech-to-text copy. And now, you can call up Jott and add stuff to your Google Calendar! (They’ve had this feature available for 30boxes for a while now, but I don’t use 30boxes, so it wasn’t a big deal to me at the time.)

I just added a few test events to my calendar via Jott, and it must already be live, because it worked. So, with the addition of Google Calendar, let me show you the functionality I have through Jott. I can send myself reminders. I can create blog posts. I can keep up with Twitter. I can add tasks to my Remember the Milk account. I can add to my Xpenser account. And now I can schedule events on my Google Calendar. And it’s free. You’ve got to be impressed by that,

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GrandCentral Integration A Huge Priority For Google In ’08

Posted by telecommatt on December 3, 2007

Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps

Will GrandCentral be integrated into Google Apps?

GrandCentral
This post from TechCrunch doesn’t really say much about the future of one-number-for-life Google acquisitionee, GrandCentral, because apparently neither did Google’s Scott Johnston in his presentation on the future of and Google Apps. But, Johnston did say that integrating GrandCentral into Google Apps was a "huge priority". Given that Google successfully sideswiped the social networking world with Open Social and rocked the wireless industry with Android, I wonder what wonders are in store for GrandCentral users.

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Google Reader Gets A Little More Web 2.0 With Drag And Drop

Posted by telecommatt on November 30, 2007

Google announces Blogger and Google Reader updates – Download Squad

It’s a weekday, so we probably shouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of updates from the Google camp. There are two new features in Google Reader.

Google Reader, my feedreader of choice, gets a little more web 2.0 by adding personalized feed recommendations and drop and drop feed organization. I’m trying to keep my head above water with the feeds I currently have, so I think the recommendations feature is off limits for me, at least if I want to be able to do things like eat, sleep, breath, and see my wife, but I’m hyped about the drag and drop functionality. I’m actually really amused because earlier this week I was reorganizing my feeds and remember thinking to myself, "Wow, this would be so much easier if I could just drag my feeds around." In fact, I actually tried dragging a feed from one group to another, just to see what would happen. Obviously, absolutely nothing happened, because that feature didn’t materialize until today.

So, I’m a little spooked by Google’s ability to read my mind, but I’m really glad that they’ve done the drag and drop thing. It’s a much needed and rather overdue change to the GR interface.

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Once Again It’s Sage To Search Google

Posted by telecommatt on November 29, 2007

Google removes thousands of malware sites – Download Squad

On Monday, Sunbelt Software’s security blog revealed that thousands of malware redirects were showing up in search engine results.

This is rather big news and I’m glad Google handled this well. Apparently, they removed some 40,000 suspect links. This really brings home how important it is to have security controls that are up to date, or better yet, surf the web through something like Sandboxie. (You know, with how often I recommend them, if Sandboxie weren’t free, I ask for a commission!)

According to the article, the most popular terms leading to suspect links were "infinity" and "hospice". "Infinity" and "hospice"?! Anyone else confused by that??

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Is The Mythical GDrive Finally On Its Way?

Posted by telecommatt on November 27, 2007

Google GDrive coming soon? – Download Squad

But the official Google hard drive or GDrive has remained in the realm of speculation.

WSJ on GDriveI have to agree with Linder about the possible not-so-wow factor for those already used to services like Box.net, but good integration with Google Docs may give them an edge over Zoho.

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Soon To Be Gskype?

Posted by telecommatt on November 21, 2007

What Google would do with Skype that eBay won’t – Download Squad

Skype may be on eBay’s auction block (no pun intended). Among the potential buyers for such a property are the usual suspects

Such a move by Google could be very interesting indeed! Mash this up with Google’s purchase of number-for-life purveyor GrandCentral and big G’s open platform for mobile handsets, and you’d almost be convinced that Google had some sort of long term strategic plan here.

Of course, Google has the resources to make this purchase just so others don’t have the technology to themselves. Not that this would really fit into the Google pattern, but would any would-be mobile operator be willing to let Skype out in the open? I think not!

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Google Maps Mobile Adds GPS

Posted by telecommatt on November 17, 2007

Google Mobile Maps Updates = Lots of GPS Love

Google Maps has added some new ways for you to find your way using your mobile device.

In a post I wrote earlier about Mapquest’s mobile application, FindMe, I remember thinking that Google Maps Mobile would be the perfect mobile map application if they added GPS functionality. Well, it seems that now they have. Does it get any better than this??

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Could Google Mobile Be More Than Mediocre?

Posted by telecommatt on November 16, 2007

Is Google Launching a Mobile Network?

Google mobile. The tale of the monolithic company taking on a very ambitious project.

Kristen Nicole raises a few good points in this post from Mashable. While I share her excitement about Google’s entrance into the wireless industry forcing carriers to rethink their subscriber access agreements, I’m a little skeptical about the actual success of Google’s venture into mobile. Part of my reservation comes from the fact that Google seems so unfocused right now. Companies that have been successful for generations tend to do a few things and do them very well. (For more on this check out Good to Great by Jim Collins) Google seems to do a little of just about everything under the sun. Although I am a huge fan of Google services, and Google as a company, I’m reminded of a phrase I heard growing up: Jack of all trades, master of none.

So the question is, how good will Google’s mobile product really be? Will it be as high-quality a product as Google Search or Google Docs? Or will it be mediocre at best? Google has the resources and pockets to carry a mobile network as a loss-leader if they choose, but for how long and to what purpose?

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Google ‘GPhone’ Is An Open Source Platform For Developers

Posted by telecommatt on November 5, 2007

Google Makes Its Entry Into the Wireless World – New York Times

“We are not building a GPhone; we are enabling 1,000 people to build a GPhone,” said Andy Rubin, Google’s director of mobile platforms, who led the effort to develop the software.

Of course, the news about Google’s jump into wireless is all over the blogosphere today. This quote really leaped out at me when I read it. I think that this is a brilliant move by Google. Aside from pretty much guaranteeing themselves a steady stream of advertising income once these handsets are released, they have gathered some very big companies together to work on an open source project. We’ve seen how development explodes when someone like Twitter or Facebook (or Google) release an API into the wild. I can’t wait to see the same explosion happen in the mobile industry.

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