27 May 2016

feedOfficial Google Blog

Google Photos: One year, 200 million users, and a whole lot of selfies

A year ago, we introduced Google Photos with one mission: To be a home for all your photos and videos, organized and brought to life, so that you can share and save what matters.

Now 200 million of you are using Google Photos each month. We've delivered more than 1.6 billion animations, collages and movies, among other things. You've collectively freed up 13.7 petabytes of storage on your devices-it would take 424 years to swipe through that many photos! We've also applied 2 trillion labels, and 24 billion of those have been for ... selfies.

To celebrate our first birthday, we've gathered a few of the team's favorite tips and updates we've made in the past year, so you can keep all that good stuff going...

1. To fly through Google Photos on the web at photos.google.com, press Shift-? to see a list of keyboard shortcuts.


2. Narrow down your search results by searching for more than one thing at a time. Search for two people: "Mom and Dad," or a person and a place: "Mom Yosemite," a place and a thing: "Yosemite bear," or a person and a thing: "Mom bear" to find that photo of your mama bear with the real bear.

3. Running out of Google storage? On photos.google.com, under settings, you can choose to convert all of your uploaded content from "Original quality" to the free "High quality" size to recover lots of space.

4. Enter your favorite emoji (😎 🍂 💗 🎂 ) into search to pull up your corresponding photos. Not joking.


5. On photos.google.com, easily find the photos you recently uploaded by going to search, then choosing "Show More" and then "Recently Added."

6. Tap into your device folders from the top of the albums page on Android, and see which folders are being backed up. Double-check that all those screenshots are safe!

7. Create a shared album for your family. Every time someone adds a new photo, everyone will get a notification so they can see your latest photo or video.


8. Have you spied the easter egg in the photo editor on Android? Hint...It's out of this world.

9. Occasionally photos can appear out of order in your gallery-perhaps because the date was incorrectly set on your phone or camera when you took them. On photos.google.com, you can edit both the time and time zone of a photo or group of photos to put them in the right order in your library. Change one and they all get adjusted.


10. At the top of the albums page on mobile, scroll the carousel to the right and tap on the videos tile to get a view of all the videos in your library (on photos.google.com, you'll see videos at the top of the album page).

Thanks for a wonderful first year-keep it up; all those selfies aren't going to take themselves!

Posted by Anil Sabharwal, Vice President, Google Photos https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-41Xtn-xx7P8/V0iSHXk66oI/AAAAAAAASYA/Kyj9hzBMXFoDhWon4SgDCO-0-EwEbtMRwCLcB/s400/GooglePhotos.jpg

27 May 2016 8:39pm GMT

feedSearch Engine Land: News & Info About SEO, PPC, SEM, Search Engines & Search Marketing

SearchCap: Google iOS app, food and brand queries & more

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. The post SearchCap: Google iOS app, food and brand queries & more appeared first on Search Engine Land.

Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

27 May 2016 8:00pm GMT

Google App for iOS gets AMP content & sports highlights in Now cards

Google says today's improvements for its IOS app with save users a combined 6.5 million hours this year. The post Google App for iOS gets AMP content & sports highlights in Now cards appeared first on Search Engine Land.

Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

27 May 2016 4:54pm GMT

Brand queries: the AdWords performance illusion

If your AdWords optimization efforts are focused toward terms and ads you credit with last-click conversions, you're not alone. But columnist Tim Mayer contends you're being shortsighted. The post Brand queries: the AdWords performance illusion appeared first on Search Engine Land.

Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

27 May 2016 3:45pm GMT

feedOfficial Google Blog

Passionate Google users helping others with Google products

This is the first of two posts spotlighting our Top Contributors. Read part two here. - Ed.


If you've ever asked a question about a Google product in the Google Product Help Forums or on Twitter, chances are you've encountered a Top Contributor-passionate Google product experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge with their fellow users. Last year, Top Contributors helped more than 55 million people with 30 different Google products, answering questions and providing tips.

The super users in the Top Contributor program come from 60+ different countries. Their passion for our products and willingness to help others make them a community. To showcase the faces and stories behind this group of helpful users, we asked a few Top Contributors to share a bit about themselves. This is the first of two posts-come back tomorrow to learn more.

Jo says: As a writer, editor, and all-around book enthusiast, I spend a lot of time using word-processing programs. I first discovered Google Docs when I saw a Chromebook ad on TV. I was intrigued by the idea of working in the cloud and not needing an external hard drive to backup my work.

I use Docs for both my professional and personal writing and have completed works of nonfiction as well as novels in it. As senior editorial director at Book Publishing Co., I use Docs for reviewing and editing manuscripts, writing copy, and communicating with authors and colleagues. My authors and colleagues are fascinated when we're in a document at the same time and they see me making changes. It looks like magic to them!

Helping others navigate Docs might seem like an unusual hobby, but I love it. I like exercising my brain by exploring all that an app can do. It's rewarding to answer users' questions and help them solve conundrums, especially knowing that my reply could potentially reach hundreds or even thousands of others users who visit the forum with a similar issue. The occasional "thank you" or "you saved the day" is icing on the cake.


Kojo says: I grew up in a small town in the central region of Ghana, the oldest of five children-which meant I learned how to work hard. Being the oldest meant I had to set a positive example for my siblings and cousins. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry with honors from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where I'm now a teaching and research assistant.

I first got involved with Google products as a Google Student Ambassador, a program that gives students the opportunity to be a liaison between their university and Google. During that time, I gave tutorials to anyone from first year students to senior faculty in my department, teaching them how to incorporate Google apps like Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides into their day-to-day.

When I became a teaching and research assistant, I started using Google Forms to create short quizzes and Google Groups to send assignments and notes to the students in my lab experiment groups. Those experiences inspired me to start helping out in the forums, where I specialize in Nexus and Photos-products I don't often get to use in the classroom.

I love troubleshooting issues with products because it challenges me to pinpoint issues given very little information. It not only teaches me to solve problems, but it also shows me how I can interrelate things when teaching in order to help students. My experience there inspires me to take on more challenges elsewhere. Next up: grad school.

Get involved with the Top Contributor Program
We're always looking for people around the world who have strong Google product knowledge, a friendly attitude, and enjoy helping others. If you're interested in becoming a Top Contributor, start participating in a Google Product Forum or on social media, and let us know you're interested. Once you're helping people on a regular basis, you may be invited to become a Rising Star, the first level in the Top Contributor program.

Posted by Brenna Robertson, Program Manager https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5ZWYMlLdPW8/V0X2xnTn2wI/AAAAAAAASWg/9MKD-Ka9qYggMXKdzHsYjIr8QgSC3G8wgCLcB/s1600/Contributor.jpg

27 May 2016 3:30pm GMT

Meet more of our Top Contributors

This is the second of two posts spotlighting our Top Contributors. Read part one here. - Ed.


If you've ever asked a question about a Google product in the Google Product Help Forums or on Twitter, chances are you've encountered a Top Contributor-passionate Google product experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge with their fellow users. We introduced you to two of the super users in this program yesterday, and now we're shining a spotlight on a few more. If you're interested in becoming a Top Contributor, start participating in a Google Product Forum or on social media, and let us know you're interested.


Leonika Sari says: I'm a developer and founder of the startup Reblood, which aims to awareness and promote blood donation in Indonesia. But in my downtime, I help people regain access to their Gmail accounts. Imagine not being able to access your Gmail or finding out your account was hijacked-it's quite scary! I like helping people get back into their accounts so they can continue living their life.

Answering posts in the Google Product Help Forums has also taught me a lot about how to run my startup. It's shown me the importance of listening and replying to users. Google treats every piece of user feedback as a useful resource to improve the product-which inspires me to pay more attention to feedback about my own product and quickly turn that into product improvements. I also see parallels between the community of volunteers in the Top Contributor program and my own company Reblood's community of donors. It makes me happy that I can help people, even those I've never met.


José says: ​I work in the Systems and Education Innovation Department for Colegio Alameda de Osuna in Madrid. My son, Jorge, is studying psychology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. We're both passionate about helping and are members of the Top Contributor Program. I'm a TC and Jorge is a Rising Star, the entry level into the Top Contributor program.

I was the first one to discover Google Product Help Forums. Helping people in the forums is very similar to teaching. It allows me to do something I like-teach-while enabling me to reach a much larger number of people than I would in the classroom. Plus, I get to learn more about tools I use in my job on a daily basis.

Jorge says: My dad told me about the forums last summer when I was off from school. I thought I'd give it a try and now I'm hooked. I like it because helping others makes me feel good. When I was first starting, my dad would help me by suggesting solutions or showing me other ways of answering a question. Now that I'm back in school and busy with classes, the Top Contributor program helps us stay in touch. In fact, I think it improves our relationship.

The Top Contributor program has brought us many great connections. The forums bring you closer to people, whether it's through the questions you answer or the motivation to help that all the TCs share. And those bonds are something I wouldn't change for anything.

Posted by Brenna Robertson, Program Manager https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4wrE6JaDuHg/V0X_bMLjbnI/AAAAAAAASXQ/RjqXaudd0qQXgK5wpvwg6cIMj-zcFRx4gCLcB/s1600/Contributors2.jpg

27 May 2016 3:29pm GMT

feedSearch Engine Watch

Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from around the world of search marketing and beyond.

27 May 2016 2:28pm GMT

Winners and losers of Google’s latest mobile friendly update: USA

Last week, Google's John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google's latest, stronger Mobile Friendly Update has been fully rolled out.

27 May 2016 12:13pm GMT

Five ways UX blends with SEO to improve a site’s performance

It's SEO that may lead traffic to the site and help it reach a higher position on SERPs, but it's UX that will determine whether the traffic can be maintained and converted into the set goals.

27 May 2016 11:25am GMT

20 May 2016

feedGoogle Operating System

Google Translate Autocomplete

Google Translate's site for desktop and mobile now shows suggestions and autocompletes your text, much like Google Search. This works for English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, but you have to manually pick the input language instead of relying on automatic detection.


The new feature helps you translate faster common phrases, words and expressions, but it's not very useful for long texts.


For example, I picked French as the input language, typed "k" and one of the suggestions was "kinésithérapeute", which means "physiotherapist".


It also works when you use the mobile site:


{ Thanks, Emanuele Bartolomucci. }

20 May 2016 6:35pm GMT

The Ever-Expanding Knowledge Graph Cards

Sometimes Google's Knowledge Graph cards use more real estate than all the other search results combined. I've searched for [from Paris with love] in the experimental mobile-like desktop interface and got a huge card with images, information about the movie, ratings, cast. Then Google displayed 10 search results and 3 other cards with John Travolta movies, Luc Besson movies and action movies, followed by another list of related searches.



Somehow, the list of search results felt like a placeholder for future Knowledge Graph enhancements. Here's the entire page:

20 May 2016 2:24pm GMT

Google Tests Card-Style Search Interface for Desktop

Google experiments with a desktop search UI that looks more like the mobile interface. The experiment uses the same white cards on a gray background for both search results and ads.


When the card-style layout was launched for the mobile site back in 2013, Google mentioned that the new look was "cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers you're looking for".

20 May 2016 2:01pm GMT

03 Feb 2016

feedMatt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

Thanks, Amit

Amit Singhal just announced that he's retiring toward the end of the month. Amit has been a formative part of Google's search team, but he's also a good friend. Last year, after he marked 15 years with Google, I wrote this about Amit's contributions: Amit Singhal, one of the unsung heroes of Google, just celebrated […]

03 Feb 2016 7:49pm GMT

19 Jan 2016

feedMatt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

Solving a Verizon issue (Nexus 5X)

I solved a problem today and figured that I'd document it for the rest of the world. Every time someone left me a voicemail on Verizon, I would get a cryptic text from Verizon at 900080006202 that looked like "//VZWVVM:SYNC:ev=NM;id=1;c=1;t=v;s=1XXXXXXXXXX;dt=18/01/2016 13:40-0900;l=13;dev_t=5" or "//VZWVVM:SYNC:ev=MBU;dev_t=5". Here's what happened. It turns out that Verizon has three kinds of […]

19 Jan 2016 2:00am GMT

31 Oct 2015

feedMatt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

Halloween 2015: USB Drive

I went a little overboard for Halloween last year. And as you can tell from my the Halloween category on my blog, sometimes I get a little too excited about Halloween. So this year I decided to go quick, easy, and lo-fi as a USB drive: To make a thumb drive/USB key, I just took […]

31 Oct 2015 8:02pm GMT

26 Aug 2011

feedGoogle Blogoscoped

The Emperor's Garden

The Emperor instructed the gardener to set up the new court's garden. "I want you to plant five trees growing the Crataan fruit," the Emperor said, "Because we asked people what fruit they like best, and most named the Crataan fruit!" The gardener replied, "Emperor, that is excellent thinking! But let me make some suggestions: First, how about we make one of the five trees bear the Muran fruit. Only one out of ten citizens loves it, but those peculiar citizens tend to love multiple times as much!" "Second," the gardener continued, "How about we make one of the five trees bear the Dratean fruit. No one loves it, but that's because no one knows it yet!" "Third," the gardener said, "How about we leave one spot in the garden empty. Who knows what new type of tree we'll discover that we can put there in the fut ...

26 Aug 2011 12:12pm GMT

15 Aug 2011

feedGoogle Blogoscoped

Color Sound Machine (and what else I've been doing lately)

For those of you who've been wondering whether I had turned to stone, fallen into a bottomless pit, or been climbing the Himalaya... no, none of that is true, even though you probably did notice I'm not actively blogging about Google here anymore*! Just now, a new iPad app I've been working on called Color Sound Machine went live, and this -- and all the other apps and games at Versus Pad** -- are actually what I am doing while not blogoscoping. *I've drafted unpublished posts explaining much more about past, present and future of Blogoscoped, and the history of Google news reporting, but ... oh, for now le ...

15 Aug 2011 4:00pm GMT

25 Feb 2011

feedGoogle Blogoscoped

Google drops reverse phone number lookup

One of the earliest specialist services provided by Google was reverse phone number lookup. If you used the "phonebook:" or "rphonebook:" operators together with a 10-digit US phone number, Google would show you the owner of that phone number, unless the number was unlisted. Google no longer provides that service. Not surprisingly, there was no press release marking the closure, but Google employee Daniel Russell has acknowledged the closure of the service in his blog. He hints at the possible pressures leading to the shuttering of the service: "As you can imagine, this was an endless source of hassles for people (who were surprised to see themselves searchable on Google) and for Google (who had to constantly de ...

25 Feb 2011 11:23am GMT