Halloween Google Doodle – Cool Behind the Scenes Video Shows How It Was Made

I’m to Google and Matt Cutts as Trekkies are to the Starship Enterprise and Captain Kirk. I may not write about Google a lot on this blog, but I follow everything Google including their infamous Google Doodles. For those who are not familiar, Google Doodles are the creative little Google logos that you see when you place a search on the homepage of Google (www.Google.com). They have been around since Google launched in 1998, though have become uber cute and quite an outreach project over the past few years (students win contests & have their doodle featured on Google).

Halloween 2011 Google Doodle

I think this Halloween 2011 Google Doodle is “ranked right up there” with their super cool Pac-Man Google Doodle, and the elegant doodle done for what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. It is a video clip instead of a standard logo graphic. This isn’t the first time that they have used a video that looks like a Google Doodle, but this one sure took a lot of work. Compared to Google Doodles of Halloween pasts, this year’s is impressive and takes the cake.

Check out this video to see how it was made:

This 2nd video is the actual Halloween 2011 Google Doodle.
As you can see, it was not a doodle at all :)

You can explore the history, fan creatives and the official collection of Google Doodles at http://www.google.com/logos/index.html.

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Twitter Is Over Capacity … Dirty Truth #1

Twitter Over Capacity

You will have to take this blog post with a grain of salt (not too lightly because there are valid posts) because I am rather disgruntled with Twitter right now. Most of my online friends know that Twitter is one of my networks of choice, but I am so frizzle fraggle tired of not being able to acces my account because “Twitter is over capacity” … AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN … I have run out of patience. This has forced me to start comparisons of Twitter vs Google Plus vs Facebook.

Twitter You’re Sending Us To Facebook & Google Plus – The Dirty Truth #1

Twitter has too many “down times” as far as I am concerned. I have been using the service since 2008 and have been forced to go to Facebook and other networks so many times; now Google Plus has me streaming when Twitter is cutting up. It is just frustrating … what’s a SEO Lady to do? What should you do when this happens?

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”

Fortunately, I learned to never depend on just one resource (Search Engine, Network, Website, Blog, etc) nor person … LOL :) In this SEO and Social Media Marketing age, you really do need to have access to all of your eggs at different parts of the day, week, month, years. Therefore, a few years ago, I reluctantly ventured over to Facebook. I hated it in comparison to Twitter (some still feel the same about Facebook). Now, I luv Facebooking and it is awesome for business. Regardless, the point is that Facebook became a valuable resource to me because, in 2008, Twitter had an outage that lasted too long. This year, I began using Google Plus when Twitter is inaccessible or Facebook has glitched out for the day.

Are you are sick of not being able to access your Twitter account because it is “over capacity” … AGAIN?

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Google Plus Profile & YouTube Channel

Here’s some interesting news for YouTube enthusiasts and Google + addicts … Take a quick peak at the image below! See the grey shaded area that says Google Profile next to the last check box?  YouTube has added a Google Profile option in the Privacy settings; maybe to connect with YouTube friends at your favorite Social Search Engine (OOPS, I meant to say the “ONLY” Social Search Engine, but you know that I mean Google, right?).

Add Google + Profile to Youtube Channel

I noticed lag and glitches while working in a YouTube account today (I was uploading videos to an account and YouTube was deleting my list of tags each time I updated and saved video settings). I started looking around to see if there were any changes that would indicate that it was YouTube and not my channel account, Internet or computer. This is when I came across this “Google Profile” addition. I have checked everyone’s YouTube Channels and this Google + feature is not working, yet, but I am sure that it will soon.

How to add your Google Profile to your YouTube channel?

1) Click your name in the upper right hand corner of your YouTube Channel.

2) Click the Settings link.

3) Click the Privacy link (5th link in menu on the left hand side).

4) Scroll down and click the Google Profile checkbox.

5) Click the Save Changes button.

That’s it. You’re set. Once Google / YouTube activated that feature, your channel should show that link.

This new YouTube feature may not be a HUGE deal to you, but I get super excited about Internet marketing automation, therefore I would also LOVE the ability to put embed videos from my YouTube to my Google + profile opposed to having to upload videos (usually the same ones on the Youtube) to the Google + profile opposed to pop them up there as Posts. Hopefully, they will activate this soon.

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