Google's new social adventure is called Schemer. Google Schemer is fully integrated with Google+ and keeps fellow Schemers abreast of activities of other Schemers within their Google+ Circles. Schemers can create, share and do “schemes” with Google Schemer and keep others updated as to their progress. Anything can be a Scheme for example, ordering your favorite dish at a restaurant, flying a kite or dancing in the streets. With Schemer, Schemers can also find stuff to do anytime they're looking for activities. It's even possible to search for schemes and get or give a Heads Up about potential Schemes. Google Schemer users get credit for inspiring others via "Heads Up" or inspiration credit if other users discover schemes through your Profile page, through your scheme activity on their Home page or through links of schemes you share on sites such as Google+ and Twitter.
In 2006 Google's Co-Founder, Sergey Brin said, "the best answer is not necessarily a web page." Apparently, Experian Hitwise didn't get that memo because the company published a report last week claiming search success is based on web page visits.
Search success isn't about page views, it's about giving users what they want. For certain queries Google returns users with answers to queries without users having to visit a website. Experian Hitwise seems to think that is a bad thing but, then again they don't mention uses in their report.
Google Chrome on the Cr48 notebook is really fast, I made a video to illustrate exactly how fast!
Google made "asynchronous" the new marketing industry BUZZ word for 2010 when they rolled out an asynchronous version of Google Analytics. Asynchronous scripts are still just scripts after all and not bulletproof. Asynchronous Google Analytics isn't an open license to do as you please. Over the past year, I've noticed a major increase in the number of "mavericky" asynchronous Google Analytics implementations. When implemented properly Google Analytics is a great tool but implementation is critical.
Simply adding ASYNC attributes doesn't "make" scripts asynchronous. "_gaq" is actually what makes Google Analytics ASYNC syntax possible. Unfortunately, few browsers support the ASYNC attribute. Either way, ASYNC scripts are executed upon response arrival and not deferred which can result in blocking. DEFER attributes on the other hand, can block the onload event and also decrease PageSpeed. Another point to consider when trying to get content in front of users more quickly is, "If asynchronous scripts arrive while the page is loading, the browser has to stop rendering in order to parse and execute those scripts."
Bottom line, "mavericky" implementations can actually have a negative impact on user experience. Even worse, this data can be missing from both analytics and the Google Webmaster Tools site performance tab depending on how onload event firing is impacted. Oh yeah, and don't forget rankings! Matt Cutts said, Google Analytics doesn't impact rankings because when properly implemented it waits to load scripts until after the onload event but, that may not be the case if improperly implemented. Maile Ohye has confirmed that one of the ways Google calculates performance is via the onload event. According to Google, "To ensure the most streamlined operation of the asynchronous snippet with respect to other scripts," the asynchronous snippet should either be placed just before the close of the HEAD tag or just before the close of the BODY tag in your (X)HTML document. I'd suggest not taking any chances this Holiday season because this year speed is more important than ever before and testing.