November 30, 2010
I always enjoy a bit of usability testing, and Binary Bonsai does not disappoint. His interaction disaster area for Google result previews illustrates the shortcomings of Google’s new search feature in a pleasingly entertaining yet brief video.
I’ll cite his description of the search feature first, as he expresses it better than I:
Google recently introduced a preview layer to their search results, which allows the user to not only preview the page before going to it, but also see the actual string highlighted on that page. A nice idea, wrapped in horrible interaction design.
Enjoy the video, Google Result Preview from Binary Bonsai!
November 28, 2010
Via Google Retail Blog, October 2010
Original version of e-Reader market growth and milestones
My annotated version
Annotated eReader growth chart
The x-axis is time, in monthly increments. The y-axis was not identified. The two footers denoted by labels ONE and TWO in red should be clearly visible if the image is clicked on and viewed full-size.
This is well after the fact, so to speak.The chart legend date is October 2010, the Google Retail Blogger blog post date was October 2010, the post date here is March 2012. Remember, this is for entertainment and curiosity purposes only… Sssssh!
Sssssh! means “hush” or “on the down low” or “sub rosa”. I have not provided a trackback to the Google Retail blog post for obvious reasons.
November 22, 2010
Google sends a personal identification number (PIN) by physical mail to all AdSense account holders upon becoming eligible to receive payments. Eligibility is based on achieving a threshold earnings level, set at $10.00 for U.S. AdSense accounts. Thresholds and currencies for other countries are listed on the Google AdSense Payment Threshold information page.
AdSense accounts cannot take receipt of their earnings without this PIN.
This is a scaled image of the PIN mailer used by AdSense. The postcard-type mailer is sent via standard post to the account holder’s address of record with Google.
Postal Mailer Used to Send AdSense PIN
The dimensions are given as 6.0 inches wide and 4.5 inches in height when mailed. When opened, the total height doubles to 9.0 inches. Additional details can be found on the Google AdSense PIN Process Help page.
November 18, 2010
Yahoo announced a new search product yesterday, Yahoo! Clues.
Yahoo! Clues Beta
It offers new features such as trend tracking options. Clues is available as a beta release, and has similar functionality to features offered by Google’s search engine since 2008.
The policy page provides instructions for opting out of content served advertising. There are also instructions and a link if you want to remove your webpage or sites from appearing as a search result.