I Have Returned From Google Labs Adventure

I have returned from the Google Lab Adventure but I am keeping my connection. You see, while I was there I was able to get a really special cell phone that connects me to the Google Lab planets without charge. How cool is that?

I also thank the two officers who made the trip with me, Kevin Thompson and Cathy Perkins.

So, I thank all of you who went on the trip with me and I will still post, on occasion, some tools I find insightful. But I hope you will also report your experiances. Please promise that you will.

Started Blogging 101 Series on Google Moderator

Started a new series on Google Moderator. However, because bugs still need to be worked out, only featured series are seen right now. Now, I am hoping this becomes featured. But help the folks at Google out by posting a question to their support or via their current series on application bugs.

I might just start posting lots of questions and hope folks vote on them.

Meanwhile, start a series, let us know what it is.

Remember, you must have an email with Google.

Google Labs-Google Moderator

We collected a  valuable specimen we are taking home from the planet we are now on in Google Labs called Google Moderator.

Below is a tip that was shared as part of a series of discussions. The tip below was from a very popular discussion called Take a Tip Share a Tip. It currently has 6,319 users and 5.019 tips, and 73,814 votes.  This section was money saving tips.
“Share wireless internet with your neighbor(s). I have done this for more than a year. We split the cost, and we’ve never had a problem with lack of speed.”Mickeyfinn, Chicago, IL

You can also start your own series.

Please go and play, comment and get some great information. It is a serious application. Just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know about it. Must go back and explore some more.  Going to the Tech section or maybe food.

Hey, think I should start one on blogging?????

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?