Archive for the ‘Google’ Tag

Google enables Search Wiki in India

Just noticed it this morning that Google has enabled its Search Wiki feature in India.
lifemojo-search-wiki

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Release Day?

It looks like it is some sort of release day today (I mean yesterday). Some of the big releases I noticed this morning:

  • Google Reader with a new User Interface (I like the old one though, may be I will get used to it)
  • Facebook launched Facebook Connect (similar to OpenID)
  • Google Friend Connect is now open to all websites.
  • WordPress 2.7 released. The admin UI is completely changed. Here are all the features released in this new release (I hope they have made it faster now !!).

Is Google Analytics Showing Wrong Data?

I was analyzing the site traffic for LifeMojo with Google Analytics when I saw couple of things wrong:

  • Traffic from Referral Sites: Google reported a lot of traffic coming from a particular site. When I checked the landing page for all this traffic, I found it to be completely wrong. There was only a single link on that site pointing to LifeMojo, but the landing page was the page not even accessible to the users coming from there.
  • Traffic counted under wrong dates: I noticed that Google is counting the traffic coming today on the website to the last date. I don’t know if this is a problem caused by Google because of different timezone, but I have set the timezone for LifeMojo to be IST on Google Analytics. May be Google doesn’t respect timezones much.

Apart from these, Google Analytics also does not show the correct “Average time spent on Site” because Google Analytics is the last thing to load on the page and user may click on some other link by then.

I guess it is better not to rely fully on Google Analytics to give you the exact analytics. May be it is time I install awstats to analyze the apache logs.

Google Chrome: First Look

My first reaction when I first heard about Google Chrome was

Oh No! Another browser to test my web application, as if Internet Explorer was not enough.

Well, after downloading it this morning and taking a look at my web application LifeMojo on it, I am staisfied that I don’t have to do any tweaks/hacks for Chrome. Some of the points to notice about Chrome:

  • A Javascript VM which can execute Javascript really fast.
  • A new thing I noticed is the ability to resize textarea. Just open any webpage with any textarea and you will notice it.
  • Ability to create shortcuts (on your desktop/quick lauch) of the web application. This will also require you to make changes in your web application if you want to use this feature for your good. Add these lines to your web page header and you are good:
    <meta name="application-name" content="LifeMojo"/>
    <meta name="description" content="LifeMojo"/>
    <meta name="application-url" content="http://www.lifemojo.com"/>
    <link rel="icon" href="lifemojo_32x32.png" sizes="32x32"/>
    <link rel="icon" href="lifemojo_48x48.png" sizes="48x48"/>

Now, some of the things it is lacking:

  • Support for a good developer tool like Firebug.
  • Ability to open all my bookmarks in a folder (which FIrefox provides) in Tabs.
  • Not much visual indication during a page load.
  • No way to save the opened web page.
  • Does not give any warning when I am closing Chrome with multiple tabs opened.