Posts tagged ‘Fast Flip’

September 4, 2011

The Google Labs story continues

Green is the new blue for Code Labs

According to this comprehensive listing via Google Code, Google Code Labs projects will be associated with a green bar, not light blue. Google Labs that have graduated to full products will have the usual light blue bar:

Instead of the blue page elements that you see on most Google Code pages, Labs products use green. For example, see the title bar above that says “Google Code Labs.” For Labs products, you’ll also notice “(Labs)” in the title bar, next to the product name.

The other way of denoting a Google Labs project is more pleasing to me, and endearing:

Instead of the typical Google Code logo, Labs products have one with a conical flask as the “L”.  We’re admittedly fond of conical flasks so they may show up in other places as well.

I am fond of Erlenmeyer flasks too.

Google Labs is being discontinued

Which Google Labs projects will be discontinued and which will remain? Unknown.

Swiffy screenshot

Google Swiffy — click to view full size

There will be some survivors, despite the demise of Google Labs announcement several weeks ago. For example, reCAPTCHA is a Google Labs project , but is unlikely to go away! Nor is the Google Prediction API.

Google also indicated that Google Swiffy, the HTML to Flash content converter project, will continue as a Google Labs project, although perhaps in a different location. See image for further details.

UPDATE

Two days ago, Search Engine Land featured a comprehensive post about Google Labs projects status. Some projects will live on, others will not.  A few of the more noteworthy decisions were that Google Correlate will survive. Say farewell to Google Sets and Google Squared though.

UPDATE 2

This is a shock. Straight from the REAL GooglePlex was this sad announcement on 2 September 2011. The following much-loved favorites, at least by me, and profiled in the past here, are closing down:

Google Health and Google Power Meter were discontinued too. The announcement about Google Health and Power Meter was made separately, in June 2011. Google Fiber was not affected.

Google Experimental Labs logo

Still alive!

Fate of Experiments?

I do not know how this will impact Google Experimental Search.

Although the image denotes it as part of Google Labs, the URL is http://www.google.com/experimental/ a sub-domain of Google, rather than the Google Labs URL of  googlelabs.com. The official description implies to me that it is a search-specific feature:

Google is always experimenting with new features aimed at improving the search experience. Take one for a spin and let us know what you think. Join an experiment and you’ll see that feature whenever you do a Google search.

December 8, 2010

Fast Flip in the Wild

Finally, I present a Google Labs project observed in the wild!

Location was the ReadWriteWeb’s technical section, called ReadWrite Hack. Subject matter was the intriguing still new start-up company, FluidDB, and their Flimp tool for importing JSON, YAML or CSV data sources into FluidDB. FluidDB, the product, is a new type of database, which ReadWriteWeb says that FluidDB says is a

hosted database with the heart of a wiki

For the very very curious, Flimp is an acronym for FLuiddb IMPorter. I foresee a critical dependency on case sensitivity in this company’s future.

Introducing Fast Flip

Note the pleasing yellow smiley face in the last letter “p”. Fast Flip has been extant for some time, possibly as long as a year. I hadn’t noted it anywhere outside of the Google domain or Google product pages until now.

logo for fast flip

Google Fast Flip Logo

I thought that Fast Flip was merely the Google version of a slide sharing application. I was incorrect. Apparently there is far more functionality built in, as described by Google:

My Fast Flip Info

Fast Flip personalizes results based on many different signals. These include articles that you have clicked on, liked, or shared. Below you will find a summary of the preferences that Fast Flip has learned for you.

Since this is my first time using Fast Flip, the above was followed by this notification-of-sorts:

Sorry, no preferences have been learned for you yet. Use FastFlip some more and check back here soon!

Emphasis is mine.

Compare one to the other. I am uncertain if the project is named “Fast Flip” or “FastFlip”, given the alternative spellings used by Google, and on the same page. However, there were two instances of “Fast Flip”, actually three if I were to include the meta-data for the page, so I’m inclined to believe that “FastFlip” is a typographical error. Such is allowable. After all, Fast Flip is a Labs project, not a full-fledged Google Product!

Much more information about Google Fast Flip can be obtained from the official Google source, which is not a blogspot Blog this time. Instead, Google chose to use one of their Python answer pages for About Google FastFlip.

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