Googleholic for February 19, 2008
This edition covers:
- Google loses #2 spot on Alexa rankings
- Blueprint of Google's new data center in Harper's magazine
- Google Adwords makes changes to URL policy
Google loses #2 spot on Alexa rankings
CyberNet News has made an interesting observation: Google has lost it's #2 position in the Alexa rankings. Alexa, which ranks website popularity by traffic received, had Google pegged right behind Yahoo. Now, Google has been passed not only by its own YouTube, but Microsoft's search engine, Windows Live. Whether this has anything to do with Google hitting a slump as of late is not clear, but Google is now the fourth most popular website on the Internet (according to Alexa anyway).
Blueprint of Google's new data center in Harper's magazine
If you've always wondered what a blueprint of a Google data center looked like, take a look at this blueprint over at Harper's magazine. It's the plan of Google's new data center in The Dalles, Oregon - which is dotted with peculiarities such as the "Discovery Substation" and a "Transient Employee Dormitory Building." Whatever that means.
Google Adwords makes changes to URL policy
Google Adwords has made an announcement that changes are being made to its URL policy, including stricter policies regarding the display URL in the ad and where the link actually takes you. The main change is that regardless of whether you use a tracking URL or not, the top-level domain of the landing page has to have the same URL as the display URL.
Another Google bit we covered this week:
Google adds post scheduling to Blogger - If you have a blog on Blogger, you can now schedule your posts to publish at any time you want. Write up your draft, schedule the post, set it and forget it.