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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The List: What Has Google Done for You Lately?

Posted by @ 8:32 pm

To say that Google is a busy company is probably an understatement. Almost every week we hear of either a ranking update, a new Google project or webmaster tool.

2009 was certainly a busy year for Google; it left Yahoo! & Microsoft behind in terms of innovation (besides the new Bing search engine). Can you list all the new features and releases from Google last year?

Thankfully, you don’t need to rack your brain too much. Matt Cutts has recreated his recent “State of the Index” presentation into a video. The presentation outlines all the things that Google has done for users, web developers & webmasters lately?

The video runs for 26 minutes, so if you don’t have the time to check it all out, then here are all the new features and tools in list format:


  • Chrome
  • Android
  • Wave
  • Music OneBox – ability to play songs straight from the search results and buy it straight away
  • Google Squared – keyword tool that sends back tailored results
  • Google Social Search – search for results from social sites such as Twitter & Facebook that are not included in the normal search results
  • Show Options in Search Results – slice and dice your search results
  • Wonder Wheel – keyword research tool

Web Developers:

  • Page Speed – tools to make your site faster
  • Closure – compacts Java Script
  • Google Web Toolkit
  • AJAX Libraries API


  • rel=canonical – Although 2 web pages can be the same, if you add the canonical tag to one of them, Google will count the links for both pages
  • Ignore URL parameters
  • Fetch as Googlebot – especially useful if your site has been hacked
  • Better Malware Warnings – Google gives you more information as to the Malware detected on your site
  • Message Forwarding – Google Webmaster Consol messages will automatically be forwarded to your primary email address
  • Keyword Details – ability to drill down in more detail on keywords
  • Better Communication – via webmaster videos, blog posts, SEO Beginner’s Guide & webmaster consol in 40 languages
  • Caffeine – a rewrite of Google’s indexing infrastructure

Is there anything on the list that has been missed? Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below.

Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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[...] I won’t go any further because I think I’ve made my point (please tell me if you think differently) but here is a short, 26 minute video from 2009 by Matt Cutts with an accompanying post, The List; What has Google done for you lately? [...]

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