Google Friends Newsletter - January 2005

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Google Friends Newsletter
January 2006

Esteemed readers, our warmest new year's greetings to you from all of
us at the Googleplex. We hope you enjoy this fresh batch of news and
updates on Google services. At the bottom of this message, you'll find
details on subscribing to or canceling this newsletter.

Meet the product guides
Reporters find them useful, and you might too. We publish a variety of
reviewer's guides to selected Google products on the Google Press
Center. These contain overviews of specific features and setup steps
(if needed). We add new ones or update them, so check back now and

We're feeling festive
You might spot a visual theme now and again in some of our contextual
ads - it's a subtle way to highlight a special day or season, and
we plan to feature thematic graphics for holidays throughout the year.
Read more about our first holiday ads in December on the Google Blog.

Google Personalized Homepage for mobile
Take your Google homepage with you. Now you can access your Google
Personalized Homepage selections (Gmail message previews, news
headlines, weather, stock, movie showtimes, plus your pick of web
content via feed) in a format that's friendly to the small screen.

Google Earth for the Mac
Macintosh fans let us know they were keen to see the whole Earth too,
and now it's available as a beta service for (as Mac fanatics used to
say) the rest of us, so that Mac and PC users can all enjoy zooming in,
measuring routes and lots more.

Google Video store
Our Google Video uploader program has encouraged the submission of
thousands of clips from videomakers of all kinds. Now Google Video is
enhanced with a store where you can buy or rent current and classic
episodes of thousands of hours of video, including CBS programs, games
from the NBA, music videos - even entire movies - and watch them
using the new Google Video player. Special bonus: Watch a webcast (or
read the transcript) of our co-founder Larry Page's keynote at the
Consumer Electronics Show, where he unveiled the new Google Video. (January 6)

Google Pack
Google Pack is a free collection of essential software to help you
browse the web faster, remove spyware and viruses, organize your
photos, and more. We put it together with a number of software
companies like Adobe and Symantec to help take the hassle out of
downloading, installing, and updating software that helps you have a
better web experience. You can download and install the entire Google
Pack in just a few clicks. And the included Google Updater helps you
discover new programs and keep your current software up to date.

Personalized Search: Trends
Trends are a new way to look at the searches you've done on Google. To
use Trends, you need to have Personalized Search turned on and be
signed in to your Google Account. You'll see graphs and lists detailing
your own search activity, including top searches, most-visited
websites, daily activity by hour and other interesting tidbits. If no
Trends appear, just check back in a couple of days.

The 2005 Year-End Zeitgeist
Every week, and every month, and once a year, we take a close look at
the search trends we see thanks to millions of queries that Google
users make using our service. What is top of mind? What do people
really want to know about, and when? Sometimes we know why -
celebrity gossip is always popular, and sports wins, as is the passing
of the famous -- but sometimes we don't. (Human nature still has its
mysteries, after all.) Our annual look back at the year in search
queries covers topics both serious and fun, and in 2005 we studied the
trends of selected searches in a graphical format. We don't make hard
and fast conclusions so much as we marvel at the volume of curiosity
that builds from each word typed into a white box on a plain page.

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