I look forward to these every year. It’s always amazing to look back and consider how our world is different this year than last. Google always provides us with a quick synopsis as to what people are thinking, what they are looking up on the Internet, and I think that as the years go by it will be interesting to see what was on the minds of those in 2014.
The 2013 Google Zeitgeist… As usual, a great look back at the previous year. Only one complaint: Not long enough. There were several events that made this year memorable and also could have (should have?) been included in this year in review. I suppose the idea is to make the video concise, but I would rather have a 3 to 5 minute video that lets us look back on the year with a little more clarity. Yeah, sure, others make end-of-year videos that could fill that gap, but Google has the background to give us that kind of information.
So I wake up this morning and head to Google, as one usually does on a Monday, and notice that the Google home page has a familiar look to it.
I see “large, friendly letters” that read “DON’T PANIC.”
After a few minutes of mouse hovering I discover that the cause of today’s Google salute is that March 11 is Douglas Adams’ birthday. 61st birthday this year, to be exact. Or would have been, had the author still been alive.
Once again, Google has posted their annual Zeitgeist video recapping the major events of 2012. From viral videos to Felix’s famous fall from space, and from famous firsts to finding relief, it’s all here.
Google is in a unique position to publish this type of video. They have access to some good info that lets them see what is truly on our minds.
Google has posted its 2010 Zeitgeist video on YouTube. It’s a nice retrospective look back at the year that was. The video covers everything political, financial, pop culture, sports, news… tons of things to look back on this year.
Looks like Microsoft may be facing some actual competition. If Google can make an OS based on Linux that Grandma can use, well, we might have a game changer.
If everything takes place in the browser… think of what’s possible… go ahead. I’ll wait.
But then, think of what’s not possible. I’ll wait for that too, If you like. I can see Chrome OS filling a little bit of a void, but it’s not going to get rid of your desktop PC anytime soon. With no local storage, and no local apps, specialty applications like video and audio editing won’t be going anywhere else, anytime soon.
What I do like about Chrome OS is that it could possibly give users the look and feel of a Linux-based system. And I think that’s good for everyone. Except Microsoft.
You know they had to cringe when they heard the line “Well, maybe we don’t need this anymore.”