Now You're REALLY Searching With Google!

Yeah, you know there are all sorts of tweaks and tips and operators for searching Google’s depths, but you don’t really have them right at your fingertips when you need them, so you punt. Well, punt no more! Just print out this super cool infographic from Hackcollege, blow it up poster size and stick it on the wall within site of your keyboard. Happy Searching! HT to Lifehacker:

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Privacy, Facebook & Google+ – Style

Facebook and Google have had plenty of privacy violation complaints leveled at them over the years and have definitely taken some consumer trust hits on that account. With the launch of Google+ and the sizeable revamp of Facebook in response, it is difficult to tell which giant social network plots the safer course for it users. Peer1 has some ideas on this point and has created this rather large infographic to tell its tale of privacy concerns. Check it out and see which socnet hits your pressure points or soothes your jangled nerves:

 

What Do You Use Your Smartphone For?

Ever wonder what other people use their smartphones for? I know what I use mine for – quite a bit of email, a bit less texting and talking, a TON of picture/video taking, and a sizable amount of browsing and news consumption. Oh, and a little social media thrown in. Interestingly enough, the number one use for smartphones isn’t very smart at all – you can pretty much text on ANY phone, smart or dumb. Still, this infographic by Tatango is an interesting look at how people prefer to employ their brainy little devices:

The Evolution of the Web

This is so gorgeous, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to write about it. Hyperakt has created a beautiful, interactive application that showcases the Evolution of the Web, specifically browser and web based technologies. The explanation from the site:

The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn’t see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible.

Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today’s web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they’re supported in all web browsers.

The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.

The app scrolls open to reveal a timeline with your favorite browser badge at the appropriate spot on the continuum. Click on the badge and get more information about it. The app comes in several languages and there is an incredible breadth of information available if you click all the links. The take-away is that a whole lot has happened in web development in a relatively short time – and development appears to be moving faster all the time. Can you imagine the infographic  / visual application needed to document this information in ten more years?

Happy browsing!

March Of The iPhones

The rumor mill has been churning steadily as of late, gaining froth as we approach the most recently speculated release date for the latest iPhone, dubbed “5”. Normally, I don’t really like to engage in the speculation because, well, it’s just speculation. But I can’t resist an infographic, even if column 5 is pure speculation. Nice to see the continuum of changes in this iconic device, even if it is a tale of fiction in the end, albeit well researched fiction.

 

Hat tip to InfoMobile.

 

My Resume, In Pictures

 

I wrote about Visualize.me back a month or so ago and I got my beta invite last night. So, of course, instead of heading off to bed like I should have, I had to play with the new toy. It painlessly and quickly linked up with LinkedIn and, just like magic, a Martha Sperry Career Infographic was born. It is definitely a work in progress – Visualize.me allows you to tweak colors, fonts and backgrounds, which I intend to do, since hot pink is not my color of choice when it comes to a professional presentation. Nonetheless, at least for display purposes, the result below is a pretty fine example of what approximately 2 minutes of effort can yield with this cool new service. My URL is http://beta.vizualize.me/martha. Thanks, Vizualize.me!

 

Comparing Google+ & Facebook by the Features

PC Mag has a useful infographic that compares the features sets on Google+ and Facebook, side by side. It is valuable to see the features this way, provided you can get past a subtle Google+ preference and some spelling and grammar difficulties. It is also a bit premature to compare the very mature Facebook platform with the still beta, fresh from the lab Google+ – I anticipate seeing scores of more features in + in the ensuing months. Nonetheless, thanks to PC Mag and the creator Technobombs.com for the work on the status of these two platforms at present.

Visualize.me: Your Own Personal Infographic

Anyone who has spent any time here in the Studio knows I love me a good infographic. When someone offers to combine the visual power of an infographic with my own personal, professional stats and network, I’m all ears and eyes. Visualize.me promises just that: your LinkedIn profile in infographic form. You need do nothing – the application’s powerful coding behind the scenes extracts the information and gussies it up all for you like magic. Visualize.me pulls information about your positions, educational background, interests, recommendations, skills and connections from your profile. It then weights these attributes based on years of experience. The weighted data is what the app uses to create the infographic – your abilities are portrayed relative to your other talents via charts familiar to the infographic design style. The infographic can be customized with a variety of different free and premium themes and templates. The app promises to add the ability to change colors and typefaces, too. Makes me think of those free personal landing pages, like Flavors.me , Doo.id and Zerply. Only infographically-represented.

Don’t get too excited – Vizualize.me isn’t quite open for business just yet, but will be available as a public beta August 1, 2011. Sign up early to get early access and free-of-charge premium features when the private beta launches July 25.

Microsoft versus Apple – A Timeline

Who rightfully should wear the crown of Emperor in the Tech world? It’s always fun to measure tech giants and an Apple / Microsoft duel at 50 paces is hard to resist. Check out the stock values and key events in the history of both companies with this (very) long infographic. And remember back to the good old days when the Apple I was built in a garage and Bill Gates was writing Tic Tac Toe programs in BASIC.

Hat tip to BGR.

The Internet in 60 Seconds

Don’t blink.

Hat tip to MSNBC and Shanghai Web Designers