The Google +1 Button

Google's new +1 button.I recently noticed an interesting new Google product: the +1 button! Basically what this thing does is appear in search results and web pages. When you click it, you log in with your Google Account and you basically say “I like this”. Your +1s will be used to help other people you know and around the world to find the same content when they Google Search. Your +1s can also be optionally added to your Google Profile. I’ve added support for +1s (you can click the button you see in the share section of my blog post pages [the page you see when you click the title of my blog posts, or in status posts, the date]), and I hope to soon add a big +1 button on my homepage.

You can visit Google’s +1 button home page at http://www.google.com/+1/button/, and you can add a +1 button to your page using the code at http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/.

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Google Chrome – Why I like it

Google Chrome LogoGoogle Chrome is a web browser from Google. Yeah, I bet you guessed that because of the name. But, Google Chrome is a lot more than a name.

You see, the main web browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari were made back when the web was just text and links, before web apps like Google Mail or YouTube existed. So, those browsers were made to view text, links, and the occasional image. Flash didn’t exist and neither did PDF. The whole reason you can view those are because of other programs. So Google decided to redesign the web browser.

Chrome is super-fast, has an incredible extension gallery, is super-secure, and runs super-fast. If you noticed I said super-fast twice, I did that on purpose. Chrome is the fastest browser available, and was the first stable browser to pass Acid 3 testing. That means it met browser standards set by the W3 (World Wide Web Consortium).

Plus, Chrome includes Flash and a PDF viewer built-in. This means Chrome auto-updates those programs so you don’t have to.

How do you get Chrome? It’s available at www.google.com/chrome for free!