Insight for Search – not much gets done on the weekends

Interesting image.  Searches for VC and PE drop dramitically over the weekends.

http://google.com/insights/search/#cat=&q=%22venture%20capital%22%2C%22private%20equity%22&geo=&date=today%203-m&clp=&cmpt=q

So what does get searched for on the weekends?

Oh well. . there’s no way to do this because you can’t get the granuality

Google's new tool: insight for search

I used trends and it gave some interesting glimpes into what people were searching for.  Now Google just announced yet another beta product – Insight for Search.

Today, we’re launching Google Insights for Search, a new product designed with the advertiser in mind. It provides more flexibility and functionality for advertisers and marketers to understand search behavior, and adds some cool new features like a world heat map to graphically display search volume and regional interest.”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10008339-93.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/business/media/06adco.html

http://google.com/insights/search/

Now let’s see what we can do with it…

Slapping Beta on a product can be deceiving

Hasbro/EA is now fixing the Scrabble application.

I’m all for using the word “Beta” on something that is not complete, but the application was “pre-Alpha” at the most.  It was not ready for the scale of users on Facebook.
Beta would typically be updated and bug-fixed, but it would not be completely removed for reworking.

Hasbro vs. Scrabulous

Scrabulous brought Scrabble back to life, but Hasbro had to shut it down it to protect their IP.

So they launched their own version on Facebook –  SCRABBLE Beta and it has not been a hit with Scrabulous players.

This was coming a long time ago, but who would have thought Hasbro and EA (developer of SCRABBLE Beta) would put out such a horrible product.

I won’t be playing until they fix Scrabble or bring back Scrabulous.
If I really need a Scrabulous fix, I can always play on the Scrabulous site.

My Firefox Setup

I’ve been asked by many people about my firefox setup, so here it is.
I use the latest versions where possible and rely on the auto updates from the developers.

Firefox

Portable Firefox – so I can move it move it when necessary and run off a flash drive
I run the latest version and it does auto updates.

Add-ons

Foxmarks – for bookmark syncing
Better Gmail
– I enable macros for the keyboard shortcuts
Better GCal – it just looks nice
CookiePie
– for tab context cookie management.  I run my personal gmail and my business gmail from one browser.
Grandcentral – to make calls from my browser
del.icio.us – for bookmark management
Stylish
– for more customization.  I use the Redesigned skin by Globex Designs
Greasemonkey – for more customization
Google Notebook – for my many notes to myself