Image is everything: Gmail launches the promotions grid

Grid view looks like a combination of Pinterest and Facebook and new Twitter – guess the whole internet is moving to this mode. It surely makes for more compelling viewing, but then Gmail created a lovely demo page that functions perfectly.

What are the prospects of the average box looking this good. What if a promotional electronic mail doesn’t have a photo or it only bears a little picture. Where is that brand logo coming from?

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New Information Leaked About Google’s Favoriting Service, Called ‘Google Stars’

New information has been leaked about a favoriting service Google is working on called Google Stars, which will let users save, share, and organize content found on the web. The leaked information, including screenshots and a video, shows the variety of features that will be included in Google Stars

Google lets people click a star icon to flag interest in particular Gmail messages, Chrome bookmarks, Android address book contacts, and Google Apps documents. Now it looks like the company is testing a service called Stars that could centralize the idea.

 

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FACEBOOK LAUNCHES FB NEWSWIRE FOR JOURNALISTS

Every day, news is made on Twitter, not Facebook — that’s why the social network giant is taking another crack at becoming the go-to tool for journalists, as well as for breaking news. First came embeddable posts, Trending Topics, hashtags and Paper .

The latest of several attempts to be a real-time news source like microblogging site, Twitter, this new tool is supposed to help with separating the news from the noise. Enter FB Newswire, a tool that is supposed to make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook.

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The Story of Earth Day

THE STORY OF EARTH DAY

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The Story of Earth Day
The Story of Earth Day

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

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Google stops Free Google Apps sign-ups

It was bound to happen, and it finally did. Google has finally pulled the plug on free sign-ups for its Google Apps for Business. It was a great service that was being offered for free for small businesses. Guess not a great time for Google to make this announcement considering that Christmas is around the corner. If you are looking for buiness Email, then be ready to shell out $50 per user per year. There are other alternatives if you don’t want all the frills that Google offer, but just Business email that is reliable and efficient with standard hosting companies such as ours..!

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Why Is Content Good for SEO – Check this infographic – Truth is out there!!

Content is king, we have always keep saying it. Keep your website updated with great content, Google and other search engines will send you a cheque (in terms of visitors & customers). Believe it or not, check this infographic on why well written content for your website, can do help you in SEO, generating website traffic and sales! Can’t write your own content, does’nt matter, get a content writer, but do it.

 

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Free Website for Small Businesses by Google…Hmm …should you take the jump or not..

There is a lot of Buzz and news all over the Internet about Google’s initiative to help small businesses in India by offering  freebies like a domain name, website and hosting..all for freeeeee..

There are few catches – here are some of them – taken from their ‘FAQ‘ pages

> Your free domain can only be a ‘.IN’ domain. Wonder why. Is it because they only cost something like 80 bucks (rupees), as compared to a .COM that costs nearly Rs.400

> You cannot get this offer for an existing website, that you may already have -no free hosting for existing website! Cry

> You cannot take your ‘FREE’ .IN domain and host it elsewhere for the first year atleast – stuck with the hosting company for the first year!

> Personalised Customer service – really wonder how people feel about talking to agents about their website on a ‘1-800′

Press ‘1’ for design, ‘2’ for ‘how to check email’… ’50’ for ‘how to view website statistics’ !!

Self-service in India – may work in ‘darshini’ hotels and take-away restaurants, but websites – i am not too sure!

A website after all today is not about just having one, and raving about it. But in ensuring that it has great content, a creative design & SEO to help you get sales enquiries. A real world web designer or design company can offer the kind of personalised service required for this industry, to ensure that a business can get online and stay online for 12 months or 12 years – don’t matter!

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