Google on Monday launched a global resolutions page where anyone can add their own New Year’s resolution for the year 2013. The new small service features a world map where anyone can browse other people’s resolutions, whether they’re making their own this year or not.
In typical Google fashion, the page isn’t just powered by Google Maps though. Thanks to Google Translate, you can explore what people are hoping to do next year regardless of what language they are doing it in. Furthermore, the site lets you filter through resolutions by category (Love, Health, Career, Finance, Family, Education, Do Good, and Other).
You don’t need an account to add your own resolution (the good thing is Google+ isn’t required, the bad is that there is likely to be spam). You do have to share your postal code and country name, as well as pick one of the aforementioned categories.
So far, all the resolutions are pretty straightforward. Google users want to make more money, exercise more, smile often, run a full marathon, quite smoking, and so on. The page updates automatically so you can see new resolutions as they are being made.
The new Zeitgeist page is an excellent want to encourage people to make resolutions for the New Year. It’s also a great way for Google to remind everyone about its services and that it is a “people company.”
The launch comes just a few weeks after Google released its Zeitgest 2012 report. The company has embedded the same Zeitgeist 2012 video from earlier so that users can watch it first, and then add their “resolution and explore our collective hopes and aims for the coming year.”
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Continue reading here: Google maps its users’ New Year resolutions from around the world
If you’re interested in what’s “next” in the world of technology, then watching Google’s CEO speak at this year’s Zeitgeist is a can’t miss. Of course, his talk was centered around all of the areas that Google focuses on, but that’s becoming everything you can think of, basically.
During his conversation, which started out with his excitement about having Project Glass (not glasses, since it only covers one eye), Page discusses the power of the smartphone and increased interest in all things mobile.
Before getting to Google’s bread and butter, which is search, Page discusses Google+ and the misconceptions people have about the social layer.
His 20-minute talk is titled “Beyond Today” and it’s definitely worth watching:
I enjoyed hearing Page bring up the slogan about having “a healthy disregard for the impossible”, which shows us that Google isn’t afraid to fail.
The fact that Page was wearing Google Glass (which is what Page called it) during his talk about the future is no accident. It’s going to be huge.
Continue reading here: Watch Google’s Larry Page speak at Zeitgeist 2012 while wearing Project Glass