Great Reasons to switch now to Google Chrome

I now have Google Chrome, the new browser from global search giant Google. Within minutes of using I can immediately see that this will become one of my primary browsers – and given Google has made the code behind this open source I am extremely excited about the possibility of social browsers based on Google Chrome similar to the Flock browser.

Independent tabbed browsing – each tab works separately so if one tab freezes or crashes the other tabs will still be there and tab recoverable at last position when tab reloaded

Plugin separate – if plug is bad rest of page still usable

Extra security – rendering engine (what makes the page appear for you) has no privilages on your computer so cannot easily put bugs in your computer

Pages appear faster – In test showed average page took 77.28 ms as opposed to over 228 ms for a test on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

Secrecy mode -Your history helps improve your browsing experience, however there is no longer the need to clear your browser history and cache (which would ruin your Google Chrome experience) if you want to visit a site that you do not want others to know you have visited you switch on Incognito mode

Currently Chrome is only around 7MB so very fast to download and I installed within a couple of minutes of clicking the download button

Great design, simple, intuitive and amazingly easy to use

Love the facility to easily search by keyword your visited sites.

Google video about the story behind Google Chrome from YouTube

Privacy assurance: the blogosphere has been discussing how this will be linked to Google search and capturing more information about what you are doing on the web. Google says it adds no further information that any current use of Google does.

When I went to Facebook for the first time it asked me if I wanted to save my password in a behaviour similar to other browsers such as Flock. However the speed was massively different – even more than when I have used Apples Safari browser previously.

The BBCs rich homepage opened in a split second, every link quickly resulted in a new page. I swear that the colours on the page seemed richer (though I am colour blind and blinded by how much Im impressed by Chrome so may not be the best to judge).

All in all, Search needed Google and they now dominate this space. I’d argue Browsers need to change and Chrome is just the start of a revolution in browsing.

Unleashing the power of wikipedia

Powerset is a powerful search engine for Wikipedia. Once used I would argue that you will never want to go back to the in-site search on the Wikipedia site again.

This is how Powerset describes itself and what it does:

‘Powerset’s goal is to change the way people interact with technology by enabling computers to understand our language. While this is a difficult challenge, we believe that now is the right time to begin the journey. Powerset is first applying its natural language processing to search, aiming to improve the way we find information by unlocking the meaning encoded in ordinary human language.

Powerset’s first product is a search and discovery experience for Wikipedia, launched in May 2008. Powerset’s technology improves the entire search process. In the search box, you can express yourself in keywords, phrases, or simple questions. On the search results page, Powerset gives more accurate results, often answering questions directly, and aggregates information from across multiple articles. Finally, Powerset’s technology follows you into enhanced Wikipedia articles, giving you a better way to quickly digest and navigate content.’

Great features

Especially useful is the ‘article outline’ that appears when you are within the article and floats down the page as you scroll. Within this you can click links and jump straight to the section you select.

The results are excellent, reacting to your search keywords or question showing you the title together with an extract including highlights of the words that match your search. If there are lots of results you can further drill into the results around particular words, with these results rendering within the same page so there is no need to wait for the page to reload with new results.

As a regular user of Wikipedia for research Powerset has now been added to my Flock search bar.

I have discovered that Powerset has been purchased by microsoft so it will be interesting to see how this technology is incorporated into Live Search.