New: Graph by Week and Month in Google Analytics

This is an exciting one! Google Analytics has just gotten the ability to change graphs to display points by week or month instead of just by day. Google Operating System reports that there is also an hourly option, which is only available on select reports such as Visitors. The Google Analytics Blog has a neat series of screenshots that displays the difference between the different views. They say the new graphing features are designed to help expose hidden trends in the data; the day view can get awfully crowded with points and short-term trends can be hard to see. I…

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Google Docs Going Offline

I’m really late to this party. Both the Official Google Blog and the Official Google Docs Blog announced offline support coming in Google Docs this afternoon, and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to write about it. So I’ll publish a brief description (more details are of course available from Googlified, Google Operating System, and Lifehacker; strange lack of Google Blogoscoped so far) and a short commentary. Everyone has probably heard of Google Gears by now, that open-source browser extension that lets Web applications enable offline functionality. Google Reader uses it (until now the only Google service to do…

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FriendFeed Improves in Leaps and Bounds

Since last month, FriendFeed has made numerous advances in functionality and service support. In March alone, there have been six posts on the FriendFeed blog, some containing news of multiple enhancements and/or additions to the service. Here’s a run-down of all the improvements FriendFeed’s made in just one month. The first thing to happen was a speeding-up of the service. Bret Taylor posted “FriendFeed is now a lot faster” on March 11, and indeed the site was blazingly fast from then on. It still is. The joke at the time was that a new Ethernet cable sped it up (FriendFeed…

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Transfer Google Document Ownership

I’m not talking about handing over copyright certificates to publications produced by the search giant. It would be cool if us little people, Google’s loyal users, could get a piece of their intellectual property, but no. I’m talking about making someone else the owner of a Google Document you created. Google Docs has had sharing built into it since I started using it many moons ago. However, the owner of the document has always remained static until now. I just noticed late yesterday (read: too late to blog about it) that the “Change Owner” option Ionut discovered (look below the…

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Google Docs Gets Colored Folders

Apparently I was a little too hasty to publish my announcement of the . I didn’t wait long enough before posting to find another new Google Docs feature, colored folders. Gmail’s for a while now (at least in the new version). Google Docs has been going through iterations left and right lately; one some of that time … Anyway, so here’s an example of the colored labels folders (I really wish they’d just make them labels again): The folders display in the list just like Gmail’s colored labels. (In fact, I’ll bet they used the same code.) I did post…

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Google Docs Gets Menus

Apparently commands in Google Docs weren’t organized well enough. Actually, it was more than apparent. Things that would take me milliseconds in Microsoft Word (on account of the fact that I’ve used it so long) used to take seconds in Docs. The menu structure just wasn’t intuitive. Well, the Docs team did some card-sort studies (part of usability research) and figured out a better way to organize menu commands. Instead of just having one File menu, the top of the application is now graced by a full complement of menus, Office-style (Microsoft pre-2007 or OpenOffice.org, take your pick; they’re pretty…

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WOT Going 3.0

WOT, a website-rating (think McAfee SiteAdvisor, not StumbleUpon) browser extension available for Firefox and Internet Explorer, will soon be testing another new version. I was sent an invitation to test their last release before it was launched, and the upgrades there were pretty substantial. WOT 3.0 will include comments and a plethora of details on sites rated using the add-on, including categorization, popularity, server location (country), and a direct WHOIS lookup link. It sounds even more impressive than the last upgrade. I’m excited! I’m not sure how I found the WOT site, but when I first started using the extension,…

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GOOG-411 Expands to Canada, Possibly Elsewhere

I’ve heard too much about this subject to dismiss it as a rumor. I’ve read posts from multiple sources that GOOG-411, Google’s free 411 service for businesses, is now available in Canada. Garett Rogers, a blogger at ZDNet who lives in Canada, confirms that the service does indeed work in his city. Haochi of Googlified says that Google has not yet updated the page telling where GOOG-411 works, and my testing confirms that it still says the service is only available in the United States for U.S. business listings. So, this doesn’t really affect me because I live in the…

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Blogger Team Says Permalink Issues With Scheduled Posts Fixed

User Belcarnen noticed late March 4th that the permalink issues seemed to have been fixed. Yesterday morning, Pete was back with another note saying that the problems should be fixed this time. In his words: As Belcarnen noticed, the permalink problem should be sorted out now. Jason assures me that the correct code has been pushed to all servers and all is well. We do have reports of scheduled FTP publishing now not working, which we’re looking into. We wanted to get the permalink thing sorted out first, though. So there are issues with scheduled posts not working on FTP-based…

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Google Reader Adds "Most Obscure" Tab to Trends, More Reading Space

Continuing from the data available on the Official Google Reader Blog, and so as not to make too long, here are the other changes to Google Reader. Aside from adding more languages (which is ongoing), the Reader team managed to find an extra 17 pixels, vertically, for content. They also added a small feature that shows which of your feeds have the fewest (Google) subscribers: It’s actually kind of neat to see how many sites I’ve subscribed to that have fewer than 10 readers on Google (right now I have five). Notice how my friend i80and’s blog is in there.…

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