Can Google Chrome Topple Firefox?

Posted in Firefox, Google, Google Chrome, Windows by Sushant on September 4, 2008

Finally Google launched a browser entitled as Google Chrome. Whenever Google offers something to us, it has to be useful, user-friendly, application-packed and experience-enhancing. Although, Google Chrome doesn’t really have many applications that we have been so used to using in Firefox, it definitely has something for me to go back to it- its lightening-fast speed, it serves the page faster than any other browsers I have used so far. With a file size of only 7MB it’s pretty quick to download and install as well. Better still, I can see things more organized in it. Google Chrome is a Beta Version, and I’m sure Google will soon add more applications for an enhanced experience. 

What’s might be on your mind is whether Google Chrome will be able to surpass Firefox. It’s easy to say NO. But we will have wait and see how Google is improving its new browser to include all the features that we usually find in Firefox. There is an option in Google Chrome that allows users to import all the bookmarks from Firefox, but strangely, they didn’t show up when I installed it. Another upsetting thing about Google Chromes is only meant for Windows Vista/XP users. However, I’m sure Google Chrome will soon have a solution to this problem. 

I have come across a nice article that talks about ten questions you might have about Google Chrome. It gives a deep insight into Google vis-à-vis Firefox equation. Do check it out and let me know what your views are on this brand-new browser. By the way, click here if you want to download this new browser.


Check Out The New Custom 404 Widget From Google

Posted in 404 error, Google, google webmaster by Sushant on August 20, 2008

Good News for all those who have registered to Google’s Webmaster’s Tool. The Search Engine Behemoth has come up with yet another cool widget to assist you with your online business.

The all new enhanced custom 404 widget will save your website visitors from frustration when they click on some link of your website which is no longer available on your website. Usually, when you click on a link that doesn’t exist any more in your website, the visitor is served with a 404 Error Page. However, this generic message can be very frustrating for your valued visitors. Installing this widget will help your website serve the visitors with some helpful suggestions.

The newly launched Google Webmaster Tool is designed to allow the webmasters, who have installed the widget to their website, to create custom 404 pages with your template or other design. The new advanced custom 404 widget is very simple to install on you website. Go to the Google Webmaster Tools, choose tools on the left, and then click on “Enhance 404 Pages”. Now, simply copy and paste the widget into your page template.

Now, with this useful widget, it is possible for the webmasters to give their visitors a really good browsing experience.

Cuil and Google – Much Ado About Nothing

Posted in Cuil, Google, search engine, semantics by Sushant on August 19, 2008

We’ve been hearing so much about Cuil, the new search engine on the block. A lot has been written on this new search engine that, I’d say a brilliant effort, a result of two ex-Google employees. A lot of search engine specialists have already cast their opinions about how good or bad this new search engine is. However, most of them, I think, have jumped the gun. It’s too early for anyone to draw conclusion regarding Cuil’s effectiveness. Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?

The most common of the opinions that has been doing round ever since Cuil was launched is whether it’s a prospective competitor (read Threat) to Google. Google has been there for quite a long time tweaking its search algorithms and trying to find its searchers with the most relevant information. Every single day, Google search interface specialists devote a lot of time conducting brain-storming sessions to improve the performance of Google in order to help the searchers find better results for their queries. Consider the past few years, Google has evolved a lot as a search engine- from link-popularity to web semantics, Google has shifted its importance substantially to improve its performance in offering better search results to the webzines.

Cuil, on the other hand, is a fairly new search engine that is yet to come to terms with the dynamic search preferences of the seachers. However, it has utilized its experience in building itself and offering better performance. Its web semantics, for example, is one thing that a new-age search engine is supposed to be built around. As a result o this, Cuil is able offer a few suggestions related to the query which will save searchers’ time. Contrary to many views that the semantics used in Cuil doesn’t offer appropriate and relevant results in some instances, we should remember that it’s just a matter of time before Cuil overcomes this deficiency.

So far as the debate over Cuil surpassing Google goes, I think what the searchers really need is not the competition but better results for their search.