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