Google Making Street View Anonymous

In an attempt to protect the privacy of those who have been captured on Google Street View doing something embarrassing, Google has announced that they will be blurring out all faces in the service, along with license plate numbers. This will start when the Street View service launches in Europe and they have stated that they are thinking about doing the same with the U.S. version.

Google Street View Gif

That will take the fun out of sites like Street View Hotties. I guess I can make that kind of comment until I’m caught doing something embarrassing. What am I saying? I don’t do anything that could get me in trouble. Heh.

Flock: The Social Web Browser in Review

Anyone who uses the internet knows that social media is growing exponentially and can also be vital in bringing in new traffic to your website. Not to mention a great way to network. So anyway, Flock is a new social web browser and can be used as a regular browser if you want, but to get the most out of it, you need to use it for what it was created for. To connect everything you do in the world of social media.

Flock

Once you download the browser to your computer and open it up, you’ll be brought to a page called “My World.” Here you have a collection of all of your favorite sites, which already includes Myspace, Flickr, YouTube, and several more. Then there is a section for your feeds. This area is also pre-filled with several RSS feeds, mostly news related. The third section on this page is for your favorite media sites.

Flock Extensions

You can also add extensions. Most Firefox extensions seem to already work in Flock, but of course some don’t…yet. Just download your favorite extension and see if works. People are already creating Flock specific extensions, so you can be sure that your favorites will be included at some point.

Flock

One of the coolest features of Flock, is the ability to right click on a web page and select “Blog This” in the menu. A little editor will pop up that will give you the ability to type something up real quick, add tags, and preview your post. All you have to do is hit “Publish” and you can select from a drop down list of hosting services, which include sites such as Blogger, LiveJournal, and WordPress. When you are done, it will add your post directly to your blog and will take you to your site to preview it.

There is just so much stuff in this browser it can be a little daunting at first, but once you start poking around and checking things out, you can see just how useful this browser can be. Keep in mind that it is still in the very early stages of development, but I seriously recommend trying it out now and watching it grow more and more useful.

Private Domain Registration Is Ok In Googles Eyes

It has been debated that private domain registration may affect your ability to rank in the search engines, due to the fact that you may be a spammer and might be trying to hide something. Many people won’t do it because they think that if you are a legitimate business, you don’t have anything that needs to be hidden from prying eyes.

Well, if you take a look at the signup page for Google Apps, one of their bullet points mentions that they will give you private domain registration to protect you from spam at no extra cost.

So basically, Google thinks that private domain registration is ok. By the way, I’ve used Google Apps domain service, and I think it’s absolutely horrible. No freedom and customer service is non-existant, at least for me it was.

Bring In More Traffic To Your Blog

I just found this Blog syndication tool the other day and thought I would share it with the world. Blogrush is basically a widget that you can install on your blog and will show other people’s blogs on it. You get to choose what kind of content you show on your site and your blog entries will show on other sites with similar content whose owners have also signed up for Blogrush.

Sounds like it may bring in some traffic if Blogrush actually has enough users signed up. I haven’t actually tested it out yet, but will be trying it out on a different website. Visit the Blogrush website to learn more. They have a video that explains it much better than I have. If you’ve tried it out, let me know how much, or little, success you have had.

Update: I still haven’t tested it out, but it looks like I might not want to. Read this blackhat site to learn more.