We’re all a bit obsessed with Google and its constant innovations. Here are some tools and resources you should definitely know about and make use of:
Google Translator is awesome. Its different from a typical translator is that it’s constantly evolving and becoming more accurate because of USERS like us. The logic used is similar to a Wikipedia entry -the more people use it and correct the results, the more accurate the results will be in the future. Knowledgeable users always have the option to “contribute a better translation”.
Whether you’re doing research on search terms, trying to increase visits to your blog, or just finding out what people are searching for from a trivial standpoint, Google Trends is the best way to do it. Everyone’s Googling something – its a matter of finding out what they are Googling, what they are interested in that particular day/month, etc. You can compare the popularity of different search terms, as well.
Google is currently using this tool to track Flu Trends across the world.
If you’re a bit dorky like I am, you like Google’s creative logos. Really, if you’re like me, you navigate to the actual Google homepage rather than the search bar just to see how they’ve changed their logo. You’ll definitely enjoy this site and this site – they showcase all of the different, creative logos Google comes up with to commemorate holidays, birthdays, etc. around the world.
I just found out about making buildings and other models in 3-D using Google Sketchup. You can make anything 3-D: your kitchen, a person, or more commonly, a building. I’d really like to play around with this! (in my non-existent free time, of course) . Here’s one of the renditions of Harvard Stadium:
There’s a contest going on right now to model the most important buildings and landmarks in your hometown. East Lansing doesn’t have a team yet… Anyone want to join me?
Autocompleteme is quite possibly the most entertaining of these tools. Everyone’s had crazy autocomplete options before while Googling! Here’s where they collect the funniest ones. Here’s one of my favorites:
Also, DON’T MISS the section entitled Jesus: The Autocompleted Life and Times. It’s absolutely divine.