Dear Google: yes, I know you are pissing off lots of businesses that today aren’t listed as high. CNN Money covers their plight.
I wanted to say “thank you.”
Why? In nearly every search I tried today results are better than they used to be.
Not many people look out for the users in today’s world when so many big businesses are pushing the other way.
I’ve been running lots of searches for things like “San Francisco hotels downtown” and overall your results today are less spammy, have more “real” hotels and fewer intermediaries, and have better results than they used to. Plus, they have fewer ads and fewer of these intermediaries than your biggest competitor, Bing.
Yes, I’m watching Techmeme and seeing the businesses that are hurting. Quora has a very good list of such.
But I just wanted to say “thank you” for trying to do something about the resultsets that are growing less and less useful because more and more sites were getting low-quality content into the result sets.
By the way, these changes don’t help bloggers but I don’t care. I’m a user of Google first and the results have definitely improved lately. I just searched for “Motorola Xoom iPad” and see that my blog is nowhere to be found, but the reprint on Business Insider is on the first page. Definitely Google is much more biased to big brands now than it was eight years ago (eight years ago bloggers were able to be seen much higher than brands).
Editing video is a real pain in the behind. Here’s the workflow I use:
1. Hook up my card reader.
2. Copy my video files off of my video card or iPhone to my local hard drive.
3. Import them into a video editing program like iMovie on my Mac or Windows Movie Maker on a PC.
4. I need to edit it, pulling out bad footage, figuring out how to make transitions look good, etc.
5. Export it to a file that can be uploaded to YouTube.
6. Upload it.
I did all that to get the video on this post done today.
But, most people don’t want to do this just to get a video of their kid’s birthday party done, or a ski trip, or a school play.
They just want to shoot, and have it go up to somewhere they can share, like YouTube or Facebook, automatically. Or, even better, they just wanted to email it to grandma so she could see it.
When HighlightCam told me they had a better way to do videos, I was pretty skeptical. After all, I already have iMovie on my iPhone, which lets me edit videos, but then I remembered that most people don’t know what I know about video editing. I have a professional editor, Rocky Barbanica, who taught me a bunch of stuff. You probably don’t have a “Rocky” to help you out and you probably don’t care anyway.
So, what Highlight Cam does is replace Rocky with an easy-to-use system. You just tell it the clips you want to upload and what they are for. It does just that and edits them together into a great video.
Watch the video with CEO Robert Neivert and see how it all works.
PowerInbox founder Matt Thazhmon visited me this morning and showed me PowerInbox, a new email platform that enables new apps that do lots of cool things with email.
They turned on this platform this morning. Watch the video to get a sense of what it does.
But it can do a bunch of things with specific types of emails.
1. With social network notifications it can bring Facebook directly into the email so users don’t need to click out to leave a comment, for instance.
2. With enterprise email, it can build collaboration features right into the email, so two users can chat back and forth right from an email, without really sending yet another email that clutters up inboxes.
Downsides? It only works on Chrome today, Outlook and Firefox coming soon, and it requires loading some software on your machine. Doesn’t work on iPads or mobile, unfortunately, at least yet. We cover all that in the interview.
Love the idea behind this. How about you?