Evolution of Google Design

If you’re anything like me you have something Google related open on your PC at all times. Whether its Google Chrome, Gmail, Gcal, or even Google Maps. Design is really important and the slightest change makes a HUGE difference, especially if its something you use day in and day out.

Google has recently made a few design changes creating an even more minimal style, which I love! What do you think? Are the changes too much?

Take a look at their blog for more details.

Official Google Blog: Evolving the Google design and experience

Still need a Google+ invite…c’mon people!

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What is all the Google “Buzz” about?

Google announced Google Buzz today which looks like an incredible new way to read, respond to, and filter through all the waves of “stuff” that we get each and every day. This includes photos from Picasa and Flickr, videos from places like YouTube, and all those friend feeds, twitter streams, Facebook updates, etc.

The idea is that since so many people use gmail as their nerve center for their daily information flow Google Buzz will integrate all that info right into gmail. That way it will be in a familiar format that you can go through. You will be able to use your gmail shortcut keys which will make it super fast to go through everything, I love this!

Google Buzz will be rolled out today and all of us should have it “very soon”.

I’m really looking forward to being able to manage all my info in one location. Right out of the box it will integrate with PubSubHub, meaning you can post from gmail to it. Posting to other places was also mentioned as a feature in development.

Check out the official Google Buzz Page

Are you ready for some social media updates in your Gmail? FINALLY!

I use the magical Google for everything I do. Gmail, Picasa, YouTube, Blogger, the list goes on and on. Well it looks like tomorrow (2/9/2010) Google *might* be unveiling some new features in Gmail that will add some integration with social media sites. As of now the details over at Mashable via The Wall Street Journal are a little vague, but it got my attention! I’m really hoping the magical Google has come up with some kind of game-changing features that will make life much easier when updating all your “stuff”
Take a look at the story on Mashable from the link below.

HUGE: Google Set to Make Gmail Social With Status Update Features

Improvements to Gmail contacts

Another step in the “ultimate” sync process, woohoo! Gmail added fields to their contact manager. I guess I don’t have to add birthdays and other random data to the notes field and mess up my contacts even more.

This will make things a lot cleaner and help with cleaning out your address book. My address book has SERIOUSLY been a mess since 1999 and I’m not kidding. Its getting better though, and now if the big G would just create a better duplicate remover, allow 2 way sync with every other email site, social network, desktop email program aaaaaaaaand make it all sync nicely to my Blackberry storm, the universe would be a much better place.

OR…maybe I should find a company that just specializes in data management and organization…any suggestions?

Official gmail blog post.

Google Notebook OUT….3banana IN

I used to love using google notebook, but the big G announced a while back, that they arebasically shutting it down.

Official Google Notebook Blog: Stopping development on Google Notebook: “Starting next week, we plan to stop active development on Google Notebook. This means we’ll no longer be adding features or offer Notebook for new users. But don’t fret, we’ll continue to maintain service for those of you who’ve already signed up. As part of this plan, however, we will no longer support the Notebook Extension, but as always users who have already signed up will continue to have access to their data via the web interface at http://www.google.com/notebook.”

I’ve been looking for alternatives ever since, especially something that would allow me to sync my notes everywhere.

Enter:
3banana

Oh, and look….you can log in using your Google account. hmmmm I wonder…