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Google Gravity vs Space vs Sphere

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Google is currently the most universally used search engine in the world and has been for many years. In fact, I doubt that will ever change. It is instrumental when it comes to keeping people well informed and entertained. A lot of designers and programmers keep coming up with new and unique ways to keep people hooked on such popular web applications.

Google gravity focused

Mr. Doob is among popular programmers who have developed new and fun ways in which users can make use of the Google search tool. His experiments frequently involve manipulating the regular search page to perform various features that keep users hooked and entertained. His three favorite features are the Google Gravity, Google Space, and Google Sphere. Below is a brief look at those features and what they involve.

Google Gravity

Google Gravity is an innovative web feature whereby the page that has been open begins to perform some interesting and fun tricks. The contents of the internet page may seem as though they are falling or the web page itself might look as though it is turning upside down. Once you enter the page, it will display a standard Google homepage with the search boxes and links that you would expect.

However, a second later or once some form of activity such as mouse movement is detected, all the contents of the page drop down as if gravity is pulling them down. You can then click and drag any of the links or content up or sideways and have them fall again or hold them in position by holding down the left mouse button.

If users want, they can type into the search box. However, clicking on the  'search function' and I'm feeling lucky' buttons will not achieve anything as they have not yet been implemented to work as they normally should. The other elements that have links work accordingly and will end up redirecting the user to the respective search page once clicked.

See it here: http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google-gravity/

Google Space

Google Sphere vs SpaceGoogle Space is yet another innovative web feature whereby all the contents of the internet page circle around randomly as though they are in space. Once a user opens up the link, the page will first seem like a regular Google homepage, and just a second later, the elements of the page will begin hovering around the screen randomly just as any object would hover about in a zero gravity environment like space.

Users can also manipulate the positioning of the elements that float by left clicking on an object and holding the left click down and moving to any desired direction. While it is possible to type in the search box, the 'Google search' and the 'I'm feeling lucky' buttons have not yet been implemented to work as they normally should. The other elements that have links do work and will redirect you to the respective search page once clicked.

See it here: http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google-space/

Google Sphere

Google Sphere is also another ingenious web feature whereby all the contents of the page form like a sphere. The company logo acts as a center of the sphere as the rest of the elements of the page revolve around it. Unlike Google Gravity and Google Space, Google Sphere uses old images for the company logo format for the elements and links that revolve around the page.

The rotation of the objects can also be controlled by pointing the mouse button to a particular direction in which the objects will rotate towards. The speed of the rotation can also be controlled as pointing the mouse button closer to the Google logo slows down the rotation while aiming it further speeds it up.

Just as the previous features, the search box can be typed into but hitting enter or clicking on the 'Search Images' button will not work as it normally should, but the other elements that contain links will work when clicked and redirects the user to the respective search page.

Find out how does Google work (Infographic)

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Basically, all of us are using the internet in some way or another. The majority seems to be using Google to find information on almost anything from buying movie tickets to selling products to checking the weather and much more. Other popular search engines include Microsoft's Bing, Yahoo, and Yandex. Have you ever stopped and wondered just exactly how Google or any other search engine does it? My previous encounter with Google got me thinking and I ended up finding this interactive infographic from Quick Sprout.
This is by far the most entertaining and probably easiest way ever to understand what Google does and how they are able to deliver search results to you and me in mere seconds. If you've ever wondered how they do it, this will answer most of your questions or at least make you curious enough to do more research.
How Google Works
Source: Quick Sprout
I think I like this infographic thing, I might post a few more of these...

Learning with Google’s I’m Feeling Curious

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It looks like I'm starting a series of blog posts about Google which brings me to my second installment regarding I'm feeling curious. Besides this post, you'll also see another interactive infographic [tomorrow] that will shed some light on how Google runs its search engine.

When I discovered the "Fidget Spinner" trick in Google and wrote an article about it a few days ago I thought it was a unique discovery. Out of curiosity I tried to find more of the same on Google and realized there was much more to play around with. That brought me to this I'm feeling curious thing. These words together might not make sense, but in a while, I'm almost 100% confident that you'll realize what I'm trying to convey to you.

How to: steps to use I'm feeling curious

What I'm about to show you will open a whole new world of internet to you. To avoid any confusion, this isn't a piece of software; it's just a function that Google released who knows when almost like their Fidget Spinner trick. Some call it a trick, but actually, it's part of their Easter Egg tricks. Here's how to get the same results:

Here's how to get the same results:

Step 1: Go to Google.com and search for "I'm feeling curious." When I mean search, just type the words in your browser and hit enter. You can do this on your cell phone, tablet or laptop. Each should give you the same results.

Step 2: Enjoy and read up on the facts presented to you. That's right; this trick shows you facts about a whole list of things that would take me days to list. You can see a fact I got about peanuts below. It's very cool because I eat peanuts a lot and now know that they are in fact part of the legumes family. Okay, so this is probably a stupid example, but still, I think it's a cool addition to Google.

I'm feeling curious peanut fact

Step 3: Click on "Ask Another Question" to do just that. If you had the time or wanted to, you could sit 24/7 in front of your computer clicking this button and learning. I don't think you should, but now you know... You can probably wow I few friends with this I'm feeling curious trick.

How did I learn and find out about it?

The answer is simple, but the whole story not so much. In short, I found out about it simply by searching and playing around the internet. I found the I'm Feeling Curious Blog which is a blog dedicated to this Google trick and many other web topics from Google so I might be copying a play from their book by creating this Google series. I'm sure they won't mind since at least I gave them ample credit! They also talk about another search trick called Google Gravity that might be worth adding to this series.

Update: I've written my own blog post covering Google Gravity that you can read about here. I removed the previous one linking to the IFC Blog.

Because it's easy and people, including myself, enjoy videos a lot here's a short screencast recording of it being used.

 

Google and their ability to capitalize on almost any market trend

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While doing my daily Reddit scroll AKA time waste session I found a Reddit post about a user saying the following: “Google actually has their own fidget spinner”. It just made me realize, that even with things that to me seem completely irrelevant, Google has the power to capitalize on almost any market trend.

I’ve never been able to understand the fidget trend. However, just because I don’t understand it doesn’t mean that it’s not a crazy trend. Open your YouTube account and I can almost guarantee you’ll see a few videos on these spinning things and even with hundreds of thousands of video views. Some say these toys are made for stress relieving and others have indicated that some schools have even banned them. They seem like a big distraction if you ask me.

Here’s a demonstration of a fidget spinner from YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufQtK3Q2lE

So to get back to the Google fidget spinner, like I said Google has insane power on the internet to market and communicated to the masses. They obviously noticed this to be a very big trend and created their own in-search fidget which looks like this:

It’s a block that has this spinning thing where you can choose between fidget and number. For fidget when you click on it, it just spins and goes faster the more you click on it. I can’t look at it too long before it starts hurting my eyes. The number option gives you a random number generator which I guess is another cool thing they added. It’s just strange that Google added it to this search.

Who knows how many thousands of people have clicked on this new search result trick Google has added. I might need to look into similar developments they have released over the years. I’ve already got one in mind I think you’re going to enjoy, but before I write about that I've got some news on social media.