Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Gmail Allows 20mb Attachments

Google Operating System's blog is reporting that Gmail now allows 20mb attachments. Originally capped at 10mb the email system is now ahead of many of its competitors in file attachment size. It should be important to note the GOS comment that many email providers will not accept emails with attachments larger than 10mb so the 20mb addition might only work with other gmail users.

As file sizes of the average attachment continue to grow larger with the influx of higher quality digital cameras and larger office documents it will be interesting to see if the rest of the intraweb follows Gmail's lead and increases attachment file size.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Google Supports the Wii

ZdNet has an interesting article about Google updating their Google Reader software to support the wii remote.

"To try the new interface in your current browser if you don't have the Wii, visit In an attempt to be as cheesy as possible, I'm going to call it: Google Wiider."

With Wii Support, it will be interesting to see if xbox and ps3 browser support is added next.

Will the web continue to adapt to console browsers?

Google Improves Analytics

Google has started to roll out what it calls an improved version of its web analytics software. The site is now designed to make reading the numbers and charts a bit easier/cleaner and quickly presentable.

Although the update has been made to some, Google explains that they'll be sending emails to the individuals who have accounts with the program when they have been updated to the new system. They are also allowing temporary use of the previous version of the online software if you can't find the numbers you're looking for with the new flashy reports.

After quickly scanning through some of the reports for website I have with Google Analytics its clear that they have made things easier to understand. The previously combined report of pageviews and visits with different scale numbers made it difficult to view how your site is doing in both those categories. The new improvement makes selecting data ranges and comparing them to other data ranges that much easier. Now you can tell how your numbers look compared to a month ago at the same time quickly and easily.

It isn't as easy to find the locations of all the previous information provided in Google Analytics but I believe its all in there, even if its hidden in the back. Check out some of the features from the Google provided demo.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

iGoogle & Personalized Gadgets

Google released yesterday an update to the Google Personalized Home Page that they've been offering users. Your home page is now named iGoogle and you'll notice the lowercase "i" in front of Google when you login to your home page. While the name adjustment is small it will help Google to market this site to increase additional traffic and at position themselves against other major "home page" websites like one's offered by AOL or Yahoo.


In addition to the new name for the personalized home page, Google has started offering personalized gadgets that users without any programing knowledge can create. Initial gadgets include ones that display pictures, sends digital notes and digital flowers to ones you love, a personalized "status" gadget, free form, YouTube channel for watching those videos you love, A to do list, and a countdown to any event of your specification.

Google has quickly realized that what makes a home page is the ability to make it your own. With the tab features, themes, and now personal gadgets Google is quickly offering users a powerful search tool nicely placed above the custom features of each individual user.

Expect to see more and more users adapt their home page to the new iGoogle.