Google’s new URL shortener not short on features!

As if there were not already enough choices for shortening those long URLs, another one has launched.  And if it was not for the company launching it, we would probably not be paying it much attention.  But this is no run-of-the-mail-under-the-radar kind of unveiling.  This is Google’s new URL shortener, and it is not the least bit short on sweet features. As we said, there are plenty of URL shorteners already on the market.  From the uber popular to the simple, yet customizable Doiop, they are a true godsend to anyone looking to save space and improve the aesthetic of long, complicated, and ugly URLs.  For tweeters especially, these tools are becoming ubiquitous.  To play in the URL shortening game today, a start-up has to bring something big to the table.  What the new brings is the backing of search behemoth Google, its bag of innovations and tricks, and a pretty tall promise to be the “stablest, most secure, and fastest

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Google Wave-ing Good-Bye?

Can it be that one of the most hyped new tools of the year has already met an early and untimely demise?  According to Google’s blog, the company has decided to end support for the much-anticipated and, apparently, hardly used Google Wave.  What can we say besides, “Google Wave, we hardly knew ye!” It seems like just yesterday that the iBraryGuy team was using every social networking tool available to get one those exclusive invitations to Google Wave.  It was rumored to be the tool that would forever change the way we communicated.  Better than e-mail, better than chat, said eager-eyed technophiles.  When we finally got our invites to Wave, it felt like Christmas.  Just a few weeks later, after struggling to understand how Wave worked and looking fruitlessly for ways to incorporate it into our lives, we shelved it just like those Christmas toys from our youth.  Apparently, we were not alone. On the company’s blog, Google Vice-President Urs

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Google’s groovy new image search rolls out!

Change is once again afoot in the hallowed online halls of Google.  Not everyone can see it just yet, but Google’s popular image search is getting a pretty radical makeover.  Here’s what is going on . . . Google’s image search has been around for quite awhile now.  Popular, it has remained fairly untouched over the years.  Most folks have gotten used to running the search either directly in the image search interface or switching to it from the main Google search page.  The standard results have long been a page of 10 (though you could change it to be as high as 100) image results.  Each image was neatly framed with a little big of info at its base.  By the end of the week, however, this will have changed for everyone. Google’s new image search results page is still clean and neat.  It is just . . . well . . . BIGGER.  The image results now appear

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Google Follow Finder help you find the right tweeps!

There are many ways to find folks worth following on Twitter.  You can use any of the Twitter search engines to find people using specific hashtags or words, such as “#libraries” or librarianship.  You can follow specific Twitter lists, such as our own “Librariana” (  There are even sites such as that are dedicated to classifying and ranking Twitter users.  Perhaps one of the easiest means of finding tweeters worth following, however, is to simply look at who is following the tweeps you already know and trust.  Google’s new Follow Finder aims to make that method of finding folks to follow even easier. Using Follow Finder is as easy as entering the name of anyone Twitter.  For instance, you could search for “iBraryGuy” (no “@” required).  Click the search button and you will get results in two columns.  The first column, labeled “Tweeps You Might Like”, is a list of recommended Twitterers based on the tweeps whom the person

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Google’s new look causes a stir.

Google unveiled a brand new look for its industry-dominating search engine yesterday.  The new 3-Column format is designed to make filtering searches and drilling down results easier than ever.  Some folks are praising the new interface.  Others, if you are following the comments on the various news feeds and blogs, are outraged and want their old Google back.  While no one can make everyone happy, when a giant like Google makes even the smallest change, you are certain to hear a great deal from both sides.  Suffice it to say that the new changes are worth a good, hard look. Google’s new user interface is clean and uncluttered.  It is also very logical and user-friendly.  No longer do you have to hunt for search options.  They are all in the left column.  Filtering by content type (news, blogs, video, etc.) or timeliness (latest, past month, etc) is as easy as clicking.  check out the “related searches” and “wonder wheel” links for

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Gaga for Google Docs’ new collaborative features!

Just when we were beginning to really enjoy and get the hang of Google Docs, the company went ahead and got all collaborative on us!  That’s right, the cloud-based wordprocesser is boldly going where no free document editing tool has gone before.  With the the new features available in Google Docs, the cloud is now more open for sharing than ever before. More than just some new tweaks, bells and whistles, Google actually claims to have rebuilt Google Docs from the ground up (or is that the cloud up?). Addressing what they saw as a need for better communication and collaboration in the document creation and editing process, the company may very well have revolutionized the way we work.  Actually working together on a document just got a whole lot easier! With the new Google Docs, up to 50 people can collaborate on a single document.  Not only can you see who is viewing it, but you can see their edits

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Nice! GMail’s new “Nested Labels” organize your inbox!

Google Labs has announced the testing of a sweet new feature for GMail users – Nested Labels.  Designed to give users more control over how they organize their inboxes, users must currently opt in to enjoy this new functionality. Heavy GMail users have long known that for all of the cool features available, one of the downsides to Google’s mail offering is the difficulty in organizing your inbox.  GMail already offers both folders and labels.  Deciding which to use and when, however, has left many a user scratching his or her head.  In fact, most folks we know have simply chosen to let their inboxes fill up and just use a search to find what they need.  A packed GMail inbox is a daunting sight!  Google has sort of acknowledged some of the short comings of its original organizational scheme in the blog posting announcing the new Nested Labels.   Under the current system, messages can have multiple labels but can

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