GOOGLE DEPENDENT?

Thanks to @oddf, I’m sitting here, listening to NRK P2, where they discuss how Internet changes us, the way we work and the way we think.

On that note, I checked out my Google History, and realized that I use Google quite often and I thought I’d share the statistics with you.

Top 3 searches:

Top 3 searches, web addresses and popular links the past year.

Two of the three top links belong to my project, where I use TeXnicCenter to write my reports, and I work a lot at NTNU Nanolab. PHP is an interest of mine, and will probably stay on top of the list for quite some time :)

I’m pretty happy with the centre column, topped by the English and Norwegian Wikipedia. UbuntuForums.org reaches third thanks to my Radionette Menuett HTPC, running Ubuntu (lots to learn for year long Windows user).

The third column is also related to my HTPC and my project (LaTeX).

Daily and hourly search statistics:

Weekly search statistics

The weekly trend is that I’m quite “search happy” Monday through Thursday, while I do a little less searching during Friday and Saturday.

On the hourly chart, I guess I can say that for the most part, I go to bed before midnight. Further I seem to stop searching around 17-18 (maybe dinnertime), but I start again in the evening).

So what does this tell me?

To be honest, it was a bit scary to see how much I actually use Google. However, I found it quite interesting, and it relates well to my feeling of what I look up on the internet.

Hourly search statistics




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Google Wave tryout

Google wave interface
The past two days I’ve been trying out Google Wave, Google’s new collaborative, real-time communation platform.

According to Google, “Google Wave is what email would be if it was invented today.

SO, WHAT IS GOOGLE WAVE?
Instead of the email system where all users receive an individual copy of a mail all users share the same messages, or Waves as it is called – hosted on a central server.  Everyone can reply to or even edit the original Wave. Additionally one can add interactive elements as gadgets (ie. maps, polls  etc.).

These features – and the fact that everyone can see what the others are doing in real-time makes Google Wave a very powerful collaboration tool. Contacts can literally be dragged into the  conversation/Wave as it evolves.

Google has even implemented a Playback functionality, making it possible to see how the Wave has evolved from start to finish. This is very useful if a large number of users edit the same Wave.

Google Wave is still not completed and have several flaws. Google Wave is currently in a Preview stage, and an invitation is necessary to try it out.

I am convinced that it will become a very popular tool for planning projects, chatting and information sharing when it is made available to everyone.

Hopefully it (or a similar service) will take over for today’s outdated emailing system.

If you want to see more, I suggest you take a look at Mashable‘s Complete guide to Google Wave and Google’s own 10 minute Google Wave Overview.