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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

San Jose – Google Dance Review; Google Calendar Review

Posted by @ 4:42 pm

Hi everyone,

Thanks to Nancy for posting the photos – I was absolutely flat last night when I got back from the fun that was Google Dance, so I sent Nancy the photos because I wanted to share straight away. So now some text.

Google Dance
A lot of fun and a great chance to catch up with some of the people I have mentioned previoulsy. The dance was held at Googleplex with a theme based on the periodic tables. Lots of food and drinks for everyone to share in.

As you can see by the photos (and as soon as I get a decent net connection a video) there were lots of fun to be had. Dunk Google Guy, robot fighting, radio controlled cars and also a very cool video system that super imposed people’s heads onto dancing figures controled by a computer.

Calendar Review
Thanks to WebMasterRadio (Darin and Brandy) I was given a tour of Google Calendar. Being a very proficient Microsoft Outlook user, I know the advantage of taking control of your calendar. My thoughts and obversations were also broadcast on WebMasterRadio.

There are some very impressive features such as:

  • Appointments from email – contextually reading a gmail email to determine appointment details.
  • Calling up publicly listed calendars and being able to overlay them against your personal calendar. You can even search to find a particular event calendar.
  • Private and public calendars.
  • Publish your calendar (or parts of it) to colleagues, business partners or even your friends, so they can see what you are doing and make plans around that. Imagine being able to share your schedule to arrange when you are going to go jogging with a colleague rather than playing email “ping pong”.
  • Calendar Overlay – run a separate calendar for different parts of your life and turn them on and off as you require. Awesome!

So whilst I will not be abandoning my Outlook Calendar, I am going to import my calendar in (in sync with Outlook) and that way, I can share it with various people I wish. It will make my life easier but it is not going to revolutionize it.

Tonight off to the WebMasterRadio bash. Some further posts on the sessions are still to come once I get a chance to collect my thoughts. Including the keynote session by Google CEO.

The main buzz? Social search is going to be hot! A way that Yahoo!, Google and MSN are going to try to solve the this thing called the “search puzzle”.

Discussion (1 - comment)

I too, had a blast at the dance. Check out some of the pictures. I especially like the one showing the Google Guy with quite a look on his face. Professional Web Services Photos

By James A. Warholic - August 11, 2006

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