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"College life, powered by Google"

http://www.google.com/university/

     
6:00 pm on Sep 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Looks like a new portal-style Google access point:

[google.com...]

Google's entry into instant messageing will be a big hit here, along with Blogger. You can easily imagine it hooked into Google News also, with campus-specific news. The only thing they need to add is something like thefacebook.com. (Wouldn't be surprised if they buy it next.)

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Interesting. I had not seen that. How long has that been there?
They are cranking out so much stuff these days, that it is hard to keep up.
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No replacement text for the banner images. You just see a blank space.
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You know, I can see Google taking that concept further.

Imagine: A half dozen "Themed" portal pages like that (Google College, Google Work, Google Home, Google Teen, Google Kids), but leaving the main page the same old simple search box it is now.

That way, they can have the best of both worlds. Customizable "Portal" pages like Yahell or Mushy Soft NeuronsTM, for those who want it, but leave the main page the simple-steady that made google popular in the first place.

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Looks more like an advert to me than a portal. I can't imagine someone using this as a home page.
3:05 pm on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And they missed blogger?
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quite interesting, Google is moving fast these days, all they need to offer is WiMax too :)
4:57 pm on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Very weird to see anything other than a google logo as an image on a google property.
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>>Very weird to see anything other than a google logo as an image on a google property.

No kidding, mouseovers at that. I did a double-take--very Ipodish.

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How long has that been there?

I found it last week through one of Google's own AdSense ads on an .edu site. I hadn't realized the big blank panel was filled by mouseovers - they loaded so slowly I didn't discover them until it was pointed out.

It's interesting that if you hack the URL back to [services.google.com...] you get an unpolished blank page - seems not quite ready for prime time.

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lol Google wants to BE the web, not just own it he he

Maybe King Gates may have something to say about that one. I think Microsoft could take em! Come to that, I reckon Yahoo will buy Google - maybe to stop Google getting into the 'portal' game.

It's going to be fun anyhow.

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I'm really liking the link to [scholar.google.com...] - a focused search for academic publications. Looks like they take you right to full text access if it's available - but you at least get an abstract and source. NICE!

I've spent time at four different universities and have never found a really intuitive, easy-to-use search for academic publications.

This has really come in handy for me - I have a paper due tomorrow and already found 3 things I can use for it. :)

[added] Hey! One of my own papers shows up in this system. Now THAT is comprehensive, considering it was a very small publication. Now I'm really impressed.

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http://services.google.com/university/

Nice source code. Yet a simple design that could have been made more accessible and faster loading. That seems to be the G-standard "build it quick, and launch it"

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Google Tip #13:
To find a complete listing for a U.S. business, type the company name into the Google search box, along with the city and state. Or type the business name and zip code, or even the phone number with area code. It works for residential listings too.

Phone number with area code- Hmmm. Adsense has my phone number and area code in association with this site. Adwords has my phone number and area code in association with this site. Google indexes pages with my area code and phone number from this site (and many others). Google does not return these pages. The phone # results are not mine although I have had the number over a year now.
Company Name with City and State- Nope, that doesn't come close either.
Business Name and Zip Code- Nope. I'm sure G will eventuqlly get it though.
Yeah right

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Hey all,

Don't know if anyone else has spotted it, or if I've just been blind to it for months, but is it a new thing that Google are offering free signup to Gmail? Just noticed the link on the google.com/university site. Is this just for uni people, or has Gmail gone properly public now?

Forgive me if I'm months behind the times!

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>>Is this just for uni people, or has Gmail gone properly public now?

A .edu email addy is required for gmail signup.

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A .edu email addy is required for gmail signup.

That's certainly not correct. GMail has been live in many markets for some time (though still called Beta):

[webmasterworld.com...]

Whether it is publicly available everywhere I don't know.

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>>That's certainly not correct.

I was referring to the signup for Gmail on the Google University page, not Gmail in general:

You can still request a Gmail account by submitting the following information along with your .edu email address from an accredited U.S. institution and we'll send you an invitation:

[services.google.com...]

However, it appears they'll hand out an account in exchange for your cell phone number:

[google.com...]

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< You can still request a Gmail account by submitting the following information along with your .edu email address from an accredited U.S. institution and we'll send you an invitation:

Borrowing a page from TheFacebook.

12:42 am on Sept 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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interesting they have not integrated this yet...
[google.com...]
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Hey,

Just out of curiosity, how did the OP originally find out this section of google existed? Was there a link from their main page, or a tip-off from somewhere else?

Makes me wonder what else is live on Google's site, but just hasn't told anyone about....(anyone up for a weekend of guessing urls starting with www.google.com/...?)

Hehe, sorry, it is Friday after all!

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Looks like a new portal-style Google access point

I think it's the advance exploration party and first test marketing campaign.

It's also the first place that I, at any rate, have seen where you can sign up for Gmail without an invitation... with or without edu extension.

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Just out of curiosity, how did the OP originally find out this section of google existed? Was there a link from their main page, or a tip-off from somewhere else?

Mebbe 'cuz it's the only adwords result when you google google university.
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Pssst - Hey google - I like Scholar and have since the first day I tried it (It is getting better)

BUT - Can you PLEASE PUT LINKS AT THE TOP

I understand not putting a scholar link next to news and all that on the home page (but you should have an option in advanced search for blog search and scholar.

However, I can't for the life of me figure out why you don't put one at the top of Scholar (or blog search) for that matter.

Google print has it?

I know if you add that feature it will make for a better user experience. I too often have to copy and paste text from my search box to ANOTHER google engine. You don't want me to have to go through all that work? I might as well go back to using pubmed for medical searches :)