Month: October 2009

Google to index Twitter tweets

By Dave Haygarth   October 21, 2009  
Search giant Google has just announced on their blog they have reached a deal with Twitter to include Twitter tweets in search results. Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you’ll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information. This means a great deal for the online marketing industry in so many ways. "#Hashtags" that were once Twitter trends now have become very real to non Twitter users. What people have previously said about your brand on blogs and forums is now joined by the inexpliccably huge volume of tweets. Twitter's power is now vastly increased - and so is Google's, once more.

Google’s cheeky answer to Internet Explorer’s shortcomings

By Dave Haygarth   October 19, 2009  
Google has made a cheeky and brave attempt to fix Microsoft's Internet Explorer shortcomings, by encouraging Internet Explorer users to use the Google Chrome rendering engine inside Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 - in particular -has no support from Microsoft and hasSecurity holes that are never properly patched. It crashes. The CSS model for it is worthless. It uses big, messy workarounds for FlashWorking as a plugin for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome Frame leaves the rendering of the page to Chrome. Google says this will lead to better browser performance for Internet Explorer users, thanks to a faster JavaScript engine, support for HTML 5 and better CSS handling. PC Pro's own tests have repeatedly shown that Chrome far outstrips Internet Explorer in terms of raw performance, using JavaScript benchmarks such as SunSpider. Google allows web developers to trigger Chrome Frame by inserting a single line of code into their webpages:The switch of rendering engines is achieved using a tag Microsoft invented to emulate compatibility with older versions of Internet Explorer.