Google Releases People Finder for Sendong Victims

Google People Finder for Sendong Victims

Philippines is reeling with the devastation left by typhoon Sendong to Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Google is helping as they  setup a Typhoon Sendong Crisis Map and a Personal Finder tool to locate missing PINOYs in the flooded communities.

to search information regarding a person, one only needs to enter a name in the tool and it will provide information based on records in database.  the tool was tracking 200 records of people as of monday afternoon.

as of posting, the death toll from Sendong had reached over 900, over 500 are still missing according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council


Google’s "The Evolution of Search"

Following up their goals to improve search, Google this time shares a short history of the evolution of search, highlighting some of the most important milestones from the past decade — and a taste of what’s coming next.

“Our goal is to get you to the answer you’re looking for faster and faster, creating a nearly seamless connection between your questions and the information you seek. That means you don’t generally need to know about the latest search feature in order to take advantage of it— simply type into the box as usual and find the answers you’re looking for.”

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Philippines Ranks 8th with the Most Number of Facebook Users in the World

Facebook just started rolling ‘Smart Lists‘ to select users, which intelligently group certain set of friends into lists (mimicking Google+’s Circle) and there have been recent reports of spamvertised ‘Facebook notifications‘ leading to malware, thought these infos would come handy especially since Philippines now ranks 8th in the world with the most number of Facebook users. shows that as of September 10, 2011, Philippines has 26,249,780 users, ranking 8th in the world, with the USA topping the list with over 150Mil users.

the report also shows that around 52% of these users are PINAYs. 38.6% of this are 18-24yrs old, 25.3% -> 24-34, 18.3% -> 14-17, 10% -> 35-44, aged 65+ takes around 1%, and <13yrs old takes 1.4%.

now which percentage do you belong? 🙂

Google Buys Motorola

this week’s tech buzz – Google‘s acquisition of Motorola – could be a sign that the search giant is transforming itself to both software/hardware manufacturer (hmm pretty much like Apple).

“Google is moving into hardware, which is very different from what they’ve done all along,” said Darren Hayes, a computer science professor at Pace University. “It’s very difficult for a company to be able to be a successful software and hardware company. It worked for Apple to be in the hardware and software industries, but not all companies have been that successful.”

Google bought Motorola for $12.5B, now puts them at par in terms of building phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

let’s just wait and see if this strategy pays off. remember that Google also tried going into mobiles (Nexus One) and there have been rumors of Google tablets, but these didn’t take off.

Google Aims to Give High-Quality Sites

Google, the world’s top search engine has just implemented a change in their algorithm with the hope of improving the quality of search results.
“Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible. This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time.

Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”

Google’s Zeitgeist 2010 Reveals Pinoys Top Searches

Google, the number one web search engine just released Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searchedan aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year.

visit to know the overall map of top searches worldwide.. for IT PINOYs, check out “More Regions” to see what pinoys do search about.
  • fastest rising – jejemon
  • most popular – facebook
  • fastest rising people – jason ivler
  • fastest rising local newsmakers – pacquiao
  • fastest rising news – 2010 election result
  • fastest rising local travel destinations – cebu
  • fastest rising local tv shows – agua bendita
  • fastest rising local music artist – charice pempengco
“The 2010 Zeitgeist for the Philippines is all about triumphs, from the success of the 2010 automated elections and the election of a new president in Noynoy Aquino, to Manny Pacquiao’s back-to-back victories against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito. Venus Raj, 4th runner up in this year’s Miss Universe Pageant, snatched #2 on our list of fastest rising local newsmakers, and Charice, fresh off her Glee appearance, is this year’s fastest rising local music artist.”

Google Launches

IT Pinoys have now more options to quickly make links, Google just launched its very own URL shortening tool via was originally a proprietary way for Google to abbreviate its Web addresses within services such as Google News (for saving article links) or Google Maps (for sending a location). abbreviate links and stores them for you to view later or share with others. it is also promises protection against malware.