Google shows how to “bling” your blog

Weekend project: add bling to your blog.

Well, OK, add some gadgets, a custom search engine, that kind of thing.

Two fun video interviews just got posted to ScobleShow that show you how to do that.

First is with Mark Lucovsky (50 minute video). That guy is smart. He was the “impetus behind Microsoft’s Hailstorm (an idea ahead of its time — listen to my apology). He shows you how to use Google’s AJAX Search and other JavaScript code pieces from Google on your blog. We start out with one of my standard who-are-you-and-what-do-you-do interviews, but then Mark starts showing me some really cool sites.

Mark’s video bar rocks. I wish I could put that on my blog here (WordPress.com keeps me from including JavaScript, so I can’t put gadgets/code bits like Mark shows off on my blog).

Oh, and the map demo he showed off is really neat.

Second is with Shashi Seth (25 minute video), who works on Google Co-Op. After an interview where we learn more about that, he also shows us how to make a custom search engine and embed that on our blog. He has a custom search engine example on his own blog, which is all for wine freaks.

These are pretty long, but I think you’ll enjoy them and learn something about Google’s approach going forward.

For those of you who are Google Watchers, these will probably be the best looks into the minds of Google that we’ve had so far. Completely unedited.

Sorry that I don’t have a microphone on me, one of my microphones broke and a replacement is getting bought.

This post was made for these bloggers:

Ben Metcalfe (geek who did innovative stuff at BBC, but now is part of an interesting marketing/PR agency)
Dori Smith (who, got me to start blogging six years ago today and is one of the top JavaScript authors in the world)
Blake Ross (Firefox dev)
Dare Obasanjo (my favorite Microsoft dev who blogs)
Shelley Powers
(who is one of the world’s JavaScript experts)
Google Maps Mania
The Unofficial Google Weblog
Google Blogoscoped
Mike Gunderloy, who has one of the best link blogs for developers around
Matt Cutts, my favorite Google blogger.
Molly Holtzschlag, XHTML guru.
Matt Mullenweg (give us the ability to use Gadgets on WordPress.com, please!)
Richard MacManus of Read/Write Web
Gina Trapani of LifeHacker (who would love these techniques)
Phil Torrone of Make Magazine (make your own Gadgets!)
Mary Jo Foley (who is interested in what ex-Microsofties are doing at Google)
Dave Winer, who’ll probably have something to say about all this.
Map Blog (Cool blog about maps)

31 thoughts on “Google shows how to “bling” your blog

  1. Any chance you could put this information on the Web?

    The media file is a huge, opaque blob. For geographic reasons I have at best 128kbps bandwidth available, the Lucovsky interview isn’t playable, and would take around 3 hours to download. Globally speaking, I’m certainly not disadvantaged in this regard.

    What’s more, it won’t be possible to link to subsections of the vid (it /might/ be with a bit of HTTP Range hacking, but even that would really need good bandwidth to be useful). Unless the mpeg tech has changed since I last looked, there won’t be any links coming *out* of the media either. Please try to remember the Web isn’t TV.

    Maybe you would consider doing the following for your videocasts:

    1. offering the material also split into much smaller, addressable chunks
    2. provide an audio-only version (again, chunked)
    3. provide a transcript, with linkage where possible
    4. provide screenshots/screencasts as appropriate

    Have you considered providing DVDs? Or even…doing a TV show?

  2. Any chance you could put this information on the Web?

    The media file is a huge, opaque blob. For geographic reasons I have at best 128kbps bandwidth available, the Lucovsky interview isn’t playable, and would take around 3 hours to download. Globally speaking, I’m certainly not disadvantaged in this regard.

    What’s more, it won’t be possible to link to subsections of the vid (it /might/ be with a bit of HTTP Range hacking, but even that would really need good bandwidth to be useful). Unless the mpeg tech has changed since I last looked, there won’t be any links coming *out* of the media either. Please try to remember the Web isn’t TV.

    Maybe you would consider doing the following for your videocasts:

    1. offering the material also split into much smaller, addressable chunks
    2. provide an audio-only version (again, chunked)
    3. provide a transcript, with linkage where possible
    4. provide screenshots/screencasts as appropriate

    Have you considered providing DVDs? Or even…doing a TV show?

  3. Give me WMV… or MPEG2. MP4 – can’t even play it in full screen in that crappy player (QuickTime) that Apple makes. (I know I can use other players to watch it in full screen, but that will be yet another player to install just to watch your shows in full screen). Is it that hard to do? Just convert the final edited file to WMV and provide a link to that too! Or, are you planning to restrict your audience to your pals who use ultra-expensive-not-worth-the-money Apple Macs? You should know better…

  4. Give me WMV… or MPEG2. MP4 – can’t even play it in full screen in that crappy player (QuickTime) that Apple makes. (I know I can use other players to watch it in full screen, but that will be yet another player to install just to watch your shows in full screen). Is it that hard to do? Just convert the final edited file to WMV and provide a link to that too! Or, are you planning to restrict your audience to your pals who use ultra-expensive-not-worth-the-money Apple Macs? You should know better…

  5. Robert,

    If you host the site yourself, you can use the basic editor rather than the advanced editor. That editor should allow you to run javascript.

    Doug

  6. Robert,

    If you host the site yourself, you can use the basic editor rather than the advanced editor. That editor should allow you to run javascript.

    Doug

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