Google Labs-News Timeline

Google News Timeline is the next planet we are exploring in our boomer space adventure. As stated by Google,”it is :

A web application that organizes information chronologically. Google News Timeline allows users to view news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and more on a zoomable, graphical timeline.

You can key in a term and search under a drop down of several catergories which include:


News quotes

News videos

News photos



Sport scores





Tv Shows

Video games




So, I keyed in baby boomers and tried a couple of the categories. In the category, News I found an article for April 20, 2009 about how great we baby boomers are looking.

But many of the catergories are not showing results yet. However, test other topics. I keyed in the artist Degas, and searched under Artworks and oh my goodness it went back to 1800’s.

You can also specify your searchs  by day, year, month, or decade.

Google labs has provided a good page of navigation and instructions for using Google News Timeline that is a must read!

So, put on your hiking boots and space gear and boldly explore this planet with us. Let us know what you find.

Google Labs-Audio Indexing, Politicians Talk

Want to know what the politicans are saying on You Tube about your topic of interest? Well, this planet in out Google Lab exploration is called Audio Indexing.

I went into my Google account and then to the Google Lab to get to Audio Indexing. Now not sure if the link I provided for you above will actually take you there if you are not signed on to your Google Account but try it anyway. If it doesn’t GET A GOOGLE ACCOUNT.

Anyway, once you get to the application you will be able to type in a topic in the search area above. I typed in social media and then saw the You Tube videos of political discussions where social media was discussed or mentioned.




How To Use Google Trends

The jouney into space exploring Google Labs continues. I have keyed in terms like blogging, baby boomers and coin collecting. Very interesting to see the trends in different countries. Also several news articles often appear.

As I explore Google Trends I found a specimen on this planet that gives you the information needed to make the best use of this site.

Has anyone actually created a csv file?

If anyone responds then I will feel ok about traveling to the next destination that promises to save you money.

Google Labs-Do Blog Content Research With Google Trends

Hi, I am in space now at Google Labs. Today I am exploring Google Trends.

I thought that Wikepedia did a great job providing a summary of this application. Call it my Spock consult which says:

Google Trends shows how often a particular search term is entered relative the total search volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages. The horizontal axis of the main graph represents time (starting from some time in 2004), and the vertical is how often a term is searched for relative to the total number of searches, globally.[1] Below the main graph, popularity is broken down by region, city and language. It is possible to refine the main graph by region and time period.

Google Trends also allows the user to compare the volume of searches between two or more terms. An additional feature of Google Trends is in its ability to show news related to the search term overlaid on the chart showing how new events affect search popularity.

How Did I Use It?

I just started a new site called Baby Boomer Pocket Change. I am learning about coin collection and decided to post information as I learn. So I went to Google Trends to see what has been in the news since 2004. Also, to see which state had more searches for the term.

I posted an article, from on of the citations, on the site on determining the value of the coins. I will return to because I find this to be an invaluable resource for marketing and content research. So, I can’t wait to search for other trends. Give it a try. Key in your niche term or interest and see what happens.

If you don’t have a free google account please get one. Then you will have access to the google labs. If anyone needs a video on this or want me to walk you through in give a shout out.

In addition, someone reading this has been there and done that so please share.

Next Stop will save you money this year!

Boomer Bloggers Be Bold-Explore Google Labs As Ultimate Star Trek Trip


Remember Star Trek? They explored space, places when humans had never been before. They didn’t know what they would encounter but did not let fear of the unknown stop them. Well, I have to often catch myself from NOT learning things because of stupid excuses like, “too much time”, “will never learn it” “looks way too differcult.”Or our all time favorate, “I’m too old.”


Google Labs is a place where you get a chance to play with new applications and then report any bugs or flowers to the genius behind the application. Now, they also have some applications listed which have graduated from the lab.

The good thing is if you don’t understand something this is a perfect time to get answers with listening ears. It won’t be assumed, I hope, that you already know the answer. You do not need to feel foolish for asking.

I have seen the notation in Google but just did not dare go there. But today I read a post on the Google blog about one of their new search features.

So, I am going to start looking at one application at a time that interests me. Join me and share what you like and don’t like for others.  Let’s make this a true space ship adventure into Google Space.

Please note that I set up a new category called Blogging Adventures with a sub-category called Google Labs. Consider doing the same when you start a blog series.

Do you want to be on board?