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Google’s Heartwarming Advertisements

It was just several weeks ago that a few of my co-workers and I were huddled around a laptop at dinner to watch some of Google’s most heartwarming advertisements. Google has a reputation for creating commercials that tug at your heart strings and this is just one example of that. I don’t know how I missed this when this aired during the Super Bowl three years ago, but awww!

Happy Saturday! #throwback

 

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Blog Roundup

photo cred | Jonathan Cooper

-Seattle was named the hardest working city today in the United States. [Source]

-Even though they are our exes, they’re still alive when it comes to social media and technology [Source]

-An interview with Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis before Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend. [Source]

-Men get self-conscious too, you know? They’re now injecting fat into their butts so that they can keep their pants up! [Source]

-Google gives back to San Francisco by paying $600k to give 31 parks in the city free Wi-Fi. [Source]

-A note on marketing and how Warby Parker gets called the “Ryan Gosling of brands at the moment.” [Source]

-Time Waster! The News IQ Test. I may read blogs every day, but when it comes to news, I’ll admit that I’m not at the top of my game. I answered 6/13 questions correctly. That’s embarrassing. Curious to see how well you’d do? Click here to start the test.

-”They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Wouldn’t it make sense to intentionally surround yourself with people of great character and influence?” [Source]

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Google Enhances Restaurant Search

photo cred | The Daily Meal

When traveling, finding a restaurant while you’re out should be seamless. When the girls and I were in San Francisco last week, we used Yelp, stumbled upon random places, or took suggestions from our friends. It’s all pretty inconsistent, but isn’t traveling always that way? Google developed a new kind of restaurant search this week that I can definitely support and get behind. All you have to do is type in what you’re looking for and Google will immediately find your location and present you with a restaurant carousel that appears at the top of your search page. From the images you are shown, you can click on them for more details including address, photos, and reviews.

This feature was first introduced to the iPad and other tablets in December of last year, with a horizontal grid displaying venues near your location like restaurants, bars, and spas.

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Google Makes A Shift In Their Hiring Process

For quite some time, everyone has known Google to ask some outrageous questions in their interview process. For example – how would you map out the entire city of San Francisco? Candidates have been prepared for it  - not knowing the question beforehand – but knowing how to respond quick on your feet and logically. An article came out recently that Google has decided to eliminate their brain teasers because there is no correlation between an answer to that type of question and how well a candidate can perform in their job. Instead hiring managers in Google and every where else are digging deeper into their candidates with behavioral questions like “Give me an example when you had to solve a difficult challenge in the workplace” or “What would your current manager say about you as an employee?” Answers to these questions say so much more. So readers, if you’re applying! It’s time to start preparing yourself!

Additionally Google has also come out and said that GPAs are not so much a factor for them anymore. Check out this interesting article here.

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The New Google Maps

I kind of love the emphasis on food in their new features, but who doesn’t love food AMIRITE?

Oh Google, how you always know the way to win over my heart.

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Time Waster of the Day

photo cred | Digital Trends

For a fun little surprise Google Image “Atari Breakout” to play this old school game.

Thanks Google, you are so sweet.

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Fears and Obsessions By Age Through Google

With each year we get older we all worry about and obsess over different things. What was important to us at 15 is no longer important to us at 85, and that’s what this video shows. Using Google’s suggested search terms, this video shows what people have typed and searched for into the search engine to answer life’s big mysteries at different ages.

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Google Eliminates Google Reader

On July 1st, Google will be eliminating Google Reader and based on the reaction of this news spread across Twitter, blogs, and other social media outlets, there are some very unhappy people. Kevin included. Since its existence, Kevin has been trying to get me to use Google Reader mostly because he can’t stand the way that I have all of my blogs listed in a notepad with dates next to them of when I last read the blog. I’ll admit, it’s an inefficient way to do things, but it’s the way  Yow Yow rolls.

Why is Google Reader dying?

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

While I never used Google Reader myself, I still believe that it’s a great way to collect all of the news you need straight from an RSS feed. The concept just worked and judging from how many people that are upset by this, Google may want to think twice.

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The Internship

Oh my goodness…

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson interning at Google. I imagine this is what they were doing after wedding crashing became old news.

And HAI Dylan O’brien, you look good as a hipster.

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Blog Posts Roundup 1/9/13

1. What “Girls” has taught us about fashion and dressing appropriate for every occasion – courtesy of Flavorwire.

2. Seattle, you are the best city that I have ever lived in and here’s why – - – - (Seattle Times)

photo cred | Chelsea Improvement Co.

3. Google provides free WiFi for the entire Chelsea neighborhood. [Source]

4. 72 Style Resolutions for 2013 from 72 fashionable Seattleites courtesy of Seattle Met

5. To make one of their most popular flavors, “Scout Mint,” Molly Moon’s ice cream shop needs a LOT of cookies – specifically the thin mints HOBviously. This Friday at 3PM, Molly Moon Neitzel along with other managers will be posted up at the Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Wallingford shops ready to purchase 84,000 cookies from quite a few eager Girl Scouts. Looks like Neitzel is on her way towards molding some future saleswomen! [Source]

photo cred | Floor 13

6. Pioneer Square has opened up a new space in their neighborhood perfect for intimate weddings and small events. Floor 13 holds 75 to 100 people and is absolutely gorgeous. [Source]

7. Part of Urban Outfitters’ “Get It Together” series – Dressing Like A Grown Up

8. Nordstrom’s 2013 visual displays are now up at the flagship! Check out the full gallery here

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Which Credit Card Is Right For You?

I recently learned from a dear friend of mine that everyone is supposed to have at least two credit cards to their name. This is the stuff that they should be teaching me in college…but they didn’t. So of course when higher education fails me who else can you really turn to? Google. Did you know that Google actually cares about how you should be selecting your credit card and how you should determine which one is the right one for you?

Interested in traveling miles? Other rewards? Low interest? View the entire guide here.

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Google’s Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker

 

How adorable is Google’s Santa Tracker?! Are y’all ready for Christmas yet? I’ve got just one more Christmas gift to purchase and then I will officially be done.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday.

Share the Santa Tracker with all of your  friends or just check it out here.

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Google Interactive Comic

The Google homepage today is adorable. See for yourself!

 

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Internet Censored At What Price

Google goes to great lengths to protect all of us from inappropriate content on the web. I don’t know about all of you, but I am grateful that I don’t have to hold my breath when making a search on Google or YouTube for fear that I might  come across something that will give me nightmares forever. Believe it or not, there is highly inappropriate content being spread across the web at all times including child pornography, fetishes, and intense violence or death. Why these things exist is beyond me, but I’m glad I don’t have to see it.

In order to make sure that we don’t accidentally stumble across these things, Google hires contractors to monitor the web content. Hooray. The bummer about this is that even though these contractors are doing a job that no one wants, Google refuses to hire them on as full-time employees and fails to provide them with the benefits needed to help support them when they are faced with psychological issues stemming from this position.

I found this interview with one former Google contractor interesting because even in this day and age, there is still a job for everything. There are glamorous jobs that everyone wants, but there are also jobs that no one wants, but still have to get done and it is these people that are constantly overlooked. To all of you, thank you for keeping us safe and thank you for shielding us from the dark side of human nature that exists.

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