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Google Inbox

I’m always looking for new ways to better manage and prioritize all of my various inboxes – for my personal, blog, and work email accounts. Even when I feel like I’ve got it down, I know that there’s always something that I can be doing better. Learning how to tackle email in college was never as hard as it is now. It’s something that I wish my professors would have taught me back then! When Inbox was released earlier this week, I hadn’t learned that much about it, but quickly saw it fill up in my Quora feed and was immediately intrigued by it. I saw an opportunity to snag an invite from a former intern that worked with us and jumped at the chance. I downloaded it, but am still trying to find my way around it and am wondering if I will use it more often from my mobile now than on the web. Also, I thought I would be receiving a few invites to give out as well, but my app is missing the golden ticket!

Does anyone have any tips on how I’ll be able to have my own invites, too? I think it’s also a matter of time before Google makes the app available to everyone too so maybe having the ticket won’t be necessary.

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Google Removes Name Restrictions on Google+

In questionable moves today, Google announced that they have removed all name restrictions from Google+ and have issued an apology to all of their users who faced difficulties because they did not want to provide their name on the social network originally. I find this to be a little bit odd because all other social networks require you to use your name and that makes the most sense to me. It’s a way of making sure people are authentic and maybe an extra cushion to make sure people are who they really say they are. Maybe I’m wrong though because there’s always catfishing. I would think that by Google+ removing this they will definitely receive more troll-y accounts. Their reasoning for this is to make Google+ a more “welcoming and inclusive” place.

Very interesting. It’s informative news, but it’s not making me run to the social network to make an account.

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Google Warming Hearts Everywhere

Just in time for graduation…

This is giving me such a nostalgic feeling. I totally remember going through so many of these phases before college – the braces, driver’s license, my first job at 16, prom, and applying to college. This is really really sweet. I want to meet the people who make these videos.

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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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