Just when you think they have come up with enough new tools and services, Google rolls out a new site. Officially launched earlier this week, What Do You Love is a website that brings together in one single page a collage of several Google gadgets and resources with results related to the object of your love (that is, anything you might think of).
Although the roll out was widely discussed on the news and blogosphere yesterday, it had been actually silently launched days ago, according to Techcrunch.
This is how WDYL works: Type in the desired term in the search bar at wdyl.com and you’ll see results in different boxes of Google products such as Google Books, YouTube, and Google Alerts, to name a few. For example, type in “presentation” and you’ll see pictures pulled from Image Search, videos hosted on YouTube and blog posts from Blog Search in a single page like this:
Though WDYL may help you find interesting results that you wouldn’t even think of at first, it can also show awkward results like “Find presentation nearby with Google Maps” or even “Scour the earth for presentation with Google Earth”. So watch out for “too much information” as, in the Era of Information, the risk is to overdo.
But the site makes a very strong point: it displays results blocked in eye-catching visuals. You will get the same results you would in the traditional Google website, but here you get them in a neat, organized page, all-in-one. By the pace Google is launching new products, WDYL is certainly a very smart way of creating a new interface to showcase Google gadgets.
You can play around with words and see for yourself if wdyl.com is going to make it to your top favorite websites.
We are presentation-addicted. It doesn’t need to be Soap’s presentations; it doesn’t need to have the best visuals. It just needs to convey a good message and a create great impact. And the “plus” that puts this equation together, in order to get audience “buy-in”, is the presenter. The idea flow and how it is communicated to people is the greatest value of a presentation.
The visuals are there to support the speech, to send additional messages to the audience, and will help them to build the big picture. It can be done with sophisticated visuals, but also with easily-searchable Google pictures!
Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor, is the best example on how to create impact with a dynamic presentation. His unique style has inspired many people and became a non-official method, the “Lessig Method”.
See these great presentations:
TED – Lawrance Lessig:
Sxip Identity – Dick Hardt