Google has rolled out three new products, which seem to be pretty barebones right now. But all three make sense. Almost surprised they haven’t rolled these out sooner.
1. News Timeline is another way of presenting the news as if it were a calendar. I’m not exactly down with the interface, but the concept of presenting news as a visual day in and day out story is fascinating. For some, I would imagine, it makes connecting the dots and seeing the relationships a bit easier. Also, Google News now has a timeline feature on the right of the story aggregation page.
We’ll see if this thing catches on, or whether or not they can improve upon the concept. Because right now, the concept works, but the execution does not.
2. Similar Image Search attempts to improve upon their image search functionality by grouping like photos together. It doesn’t exactly work perfectly, but I would think down the line this is where their image search function is heading once the web becomes a bit more semantic.
3. Profiles seems like web 1.75 or whatever, but this will pay dividends for users and Google alike down the road. For Google they have yet more specific information about a person to taylor adds and content, etc. For users they can set up a profile to their liking which will become the de factor first thing anyone sees when searching for them. In other words when perspective employees go trolling, instead of Myspace of Facebook, they’ll see a respectable Google Profile.
From the Google Blog: “To give you greater control over what people find when they search for your name, we’ve begun to show Google profile results at the bottom of U.S. name-query search pages. These results offer abbreviated information from user-created Google profiles and a link to the full profiles. We’ve also added links so it’s easy to search for the same name on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates and LinkedIn.”