Google Celebrating it's 15th Birthday with Piñata Game

Google is celebrating it's 15th birthday by displaying an interactive Doodle based on Mexican Piñata game on it's search page. Piñata is a decorated container, made up of papier-mâché, pottery or cloth and is filled with small toys or candy or both. You have to hit the Piñata blind folded to get the goodies and sweets. The Piñata is one of many traditions which are typical of Mexico and is now part of Google legacy.

Search "Google In 1998" For A Flashback

On it's 15th birthday, Google is giving chance to it's users to go to flashback of Google in 1998. Search "Google In 1998" on Google and you will be taken back to what Google was in 1998.

Google Opened Menlo Park House & Garage

Google also opened the Menlo Park house and garage, where the company first started its business. It was opened to the media to celebrate the company's 15th birthday. The garage was rented to Google by Susan Wojcicki, sister of Anne Wojcicki wife of Sergey Brin. Susan Wojcicki, was one of the first hires by Brin and Page in Google Team.

Google Going To Discontinue Ad Planner
Just got to know that Google is going to replace Ad Planner with Google Display Planner. I was using the Ad Planner tool and suddenly got the following message popping up:

At the beginning of September, 2013, we are discontinuing Ad Planner. We hope you'll enjoy Google Display Planner which offers an even better ad planning experience. For information on exporting your site lists, visit our Help Center.
Looks like Google is making a good overhaul for all the tools related to Adwords.

Google has finally replaced the free Google AdWords Keyword Tool with Keyword Planner. As of today, Tuesday,27 August, 2013, when you click on the link of Google Keyword Tool, you will be redirected to Adwords support page explaining about the new Keyword Planner.

Earlier AdWords Keyword Tool was accessible without any login. But now to access the new Keyword Planner, users have to login to their AdWords Account. According to Google, Keyword Planner is built with the aim to bring the functionality of both Keyword Tool and Traffic Estimator. To know more visit Keyword Planner.

Gmail Stealth Ads in Promotion Tab

There is a discussion online that search engines are fading the backgrounds of ads in search results to make them difficult to differentiate between the organic or paid of the search results.  You  can read in detailed in this post. Fearing of Google and Matt Cutts action, I have nofollow the link. Well, back to the ads that are getting difficult to figure out day by day shows how Search Engine big daddies are trying to monetize more, earn more and more from their loyal users. 

Taking this step further, Google is moving ahead of others. They now have stealth the ads as mail in the Gmail's Promotion tab. Here is the screen shot of ads in Gmail inbox:

From above screen capture its difficult to differentiate ads and original promotional mails. Flip your laptop screen to figure out which are ads or mails.

From this, there is always a doubt in the intention of Google's new inventions. The timing of these ads and recent launch of Tabs in Gmail shows that the intention was already set to use this to target users and fool them to click on those ads. Since, these ads are charged only for once you click to the ad and then the motive of Google is fulfilled. On clicking, we get the original Google promotional mail:
The mail stats on the right hand side:
What's this?
It's a new type of ad which you can forward to a friend, or star to save it to your inbox. If you dismiss this ad, you won't see it again.
In start, I thought Google has done a great job to differentiate between different types of mail and classifieds them in different tabs. Indeed they had, but why they are fooling users with the similarity to that of inbox inline.

India's Independence Day Doodle By Google

On Google India homepage, a tri-colored ribbon spelling out Google for its logo, also known as Google Doodle is placed to celebrate India's 67th Independence Day.

Google Celebrating Rosalind Franklin 93 Birthday with Google Doodle

Google has posted a doodle on it's homepage to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Rosalind Franklin. The second 'O' in the doodle houses an image of Rosalind Franklin, while the letter 'L' has been replaced with the DNA double helix.

About Rosalind Elsie Franklin:

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. source:wikipedia

Gmail Down - 502 Server Error

May 13, 2013, for last few minutes I am unable to access Gmail. I tried many times but every time getting following error:
That’s an error.
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in 30 seconds.
That’s all we know.

Gmail on my mobile is also not working. Giving same error 502 Server Error 

Google's Special Search features to show Recent Earthquake:

There was a small earthquake today at around 12.30 in the noon. According to US Geological Survey and the Google search result for the query, the quake was of magnitude 4.6. 

There is a special search feature in Google to get information about recent earthquakes.


To see information about recent earthquakes in a specific area type “earthquake” followed by the country, city and state or U.S. zip code. For recent earthquake activity around the world simply type “earthquake india” in the search box.

Here, are the two images captured at different time for the search query "earthquake india". Google did try to give the earthquake related search result in real time, but it was bit little late as compare to local newspaper or Google own property Google News.

The difference in time might be due to Google picking up the results from USGS

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