The last quarter of 2009 has seen an absolute explosion of Google features, acquisitions, and apps. Here's a summary of the developments that I think have the most significance for libraries and librarians:
- Updates to the Google homepage
Another new "suggest" feature is that Google will insert the URL of the page you are likely looking for, if it can ID said URL. For instance, if you want to go to CNN and you are on the Google homepage, you can type cnn and it will suggest cnn.com...one keystroke and you're there. It's a little thing, but it's an interesting predictive function. Imagine if our catalogs worked like this.
These new features, along with a slew of other additions like Google's "Favorite Places", where Google is providing locations with QR codes that can be scanned to produce information about the place, shows us how Google is making moves to go from strictly managing electronic information to the "real world". Of course, now that they've arrive there, the want to see how they can recognize and index that as well.
2010 looks to be a huge year as well, with rumors of a GooglePhone, ChromeOS official launch, and more. I'm excited to see what they have in store for us.