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Google, Google, Google: Lots of Updates




Like any day ending in y, there’s plenty of things to say about Google today.

Click to Call Croaks
Search Engine Journal reports that the Google Maps Click-to-Call feature has been discontinued (inciting outrage in the Google Maps Google Group). The feature premiered in November 2006, but was just “a long-running experiment, and in the end it was decided to discontinue it.”

Google seems to consider Google Voice Local Search (Goog411, launched in April) as the replacement for Click-to-Call—but without the actual clicking. So it’s just calling.

Google Analytics Adds New Features
Google Analytics added a second round of new features on Friday—no big changes, but a few things that will make it easier to navigate your analytics reports. In addition to a “go to:” box to allow you to jump around quickly in reports, enhancing segmentation and defaulting to country instead of subcontinent in map overlay, they’ve also changed the Content by Title report:

Many of you prefer the more readable Content by Title report over the URL-based Content Drilldown and Top Content reports. However, drilling down on a specific title in the Content by Title report hasn’t allowed you to find (and therefore analyze and fix) URLs sharing the title. Until today.

Google Adds Images to API
Google Blogoscoped reports today that Google has added image search results to their AJAX search API.

  • http://www.top-directories.net Lanad

    Very good . You are doing a great job.

  • http://horisly.blogspot.com horisly

    cool, google is updating everyday.

  • http://www.thevanblog.com Steven Bradley

    Jordan, I’m not surprised click to call was discontinued. When I first saw it I thought it might be a nice feature, but after using it I thought it kind of useless. it wasn’t any more convenient than picking up the phone and making a call.

    And why let Google sit in the middle of your call if you don’t have to

    The only value I was able to see in it was the ability to get some free long distance, which might have had something to do with Google canceling it.