Create a Google Account without Gmail email

Create a Google Account Without a Gmail Address

If you want to use some Google services like Google+, Drive, Calendadario, Keep or Google Play you can do no see forced to use a Gmail account.

It’s interesting to notice That the only Google service That Uses the new form and lets you use your own email address is Google Drive. You just click “I prefer to use my current email address” and skip creating a Gmail account. Here’s the link to this version of the form:

Create a Google Account Without a Gmail Address

You can also use URLs : like:

Note: You can also use your own e-mail to the backup and sync Chrome

Update: This option is no longer available: 2015

Why is Google killing Google Reader?

Let’s be clear that this has nothing to do with revenue vs operating costs. Reader never made money directly (though you could maybe attribute some of Feedburner and AdSense for Feeds usage to it), and it wasn’t the goal of the product.

Reader has been fighting for approval/survival at Google since long before I was a PM for the product. I’m pretty sure Reader was threatened with de-staffing at least three times before it actually happened. It was often for some reason related to social:

  • 2008 – let’s pull the team off to build OpenSocial
  • 2009 – let’s pull the team off to build Buzz
  • 2010 – let’s pull the team off to build Google+

It turns out they decided to kill it anyway in 2010, even though most of the engineers opted against joining G+. Ironically, I think the reason Google always wanted to pull the Reader team off to build these other social products was that the Reader team actually understood social (and tried a lot of experiments over the years that informed the larger social features at the company)[1]. Reader’s social features also evolved very organically in response to users, instead of being designed top-down like some of Google’s other efforts[2].

I suspect that it survived for some time after being put into maintenance because they believed it could still be a useful source of content into G+. Reader users were always voracious consumers of content, and many of them filtered and shared a great deal of it.

But after switching the sharing features over to G+ (the so called “share-pocalypse”) along with the redesigned UI, my guess is that usage just started to fall – particularly around sharing. I know that my sharing basically stopped completely once the redesign happened [3]. Though Google did ultimately fix a lot of the UI issues, the sharing (and therefore content going into G+) would never recover.

So with dwindling usefulness to G+, (likely) dwindling or flattening usage due to being in maintenance, and Google’s big drive to focus in the last couple of years, what choice was there but to kill the product?

Personally, I think that there is still a lot of value a service like Reader could provide — particularly in a world with increasing information overload coming us from many different sources. But Reader at Google was pigeonholed as an RSS-reader explicitly, and didn’t have a chance to grow beyond that to explore that space. But that’s neither here nor there.

[1] See Reader’s friends implementations v1, v2, and v3, comments, privacy controls, and sharing features. Actually wait, you can’t see those anymore, since they were all ripped out.

[2] Rob Fishman‘s Buzzfeed article has good coverage of this: Google’s Lost Social Network

[3] Reader redesign: Terrible decision, or worst decision? I was a lot angrier then than I am now — now I’m just sad.

Edit: I left Google in 2011 so this is all my own speculation. I have no idea if this is the real reason or not, and there certainly could be more to the story. Don’t take my word as gospel — I’m looking at you, TNW (Former Google Reader product manager confirms our suspicions: Its demise is all about Google+).

By Brian Shih, Former Google Reader Product Manager

The best photography of December – Google +

Inuit boy in seal skin

I started on one edge of these rugged peaks and moved around to this side, to get the view from the glacial lake. The spiked mountains there are Cerro Torre, and I was very lucky to see them without cloud cover. I understand they are covered up 90% of the time, so to have crystal clear air was fortunate. The glacier there, which presents on the right but really goes back behind many more mountains, is called “Glacier Grande.” This was taken on a very cold morning as I was nearing the end of a 40km hike with a bunch of tough ex-Soviet military guys that ate borscht every meal

Trey Ratcliff
Google+ profile

I've Reached the Edge of the World
I've Reached the Edge of the World

Bryce has been photographed a Gazillion times. It’s an amazing place to behold. I wanted to come away with something of my own. An original that no-one else has. I arrived late in the day. Everyone was packing up with the disappearance of the days light. *Note to you people packing up, that’s the best light you knuckleheads, I kid I kid… I was alone on the rim which, is quite rare. The winds were-a-howlin’ and pushing me and the tripod towards the edge, what a rush! I’m in awe of the beauty. To behold such a place, at a time when the landscape is in decay, creating such unbelievable shapes and forms is truly ephiphanic, at least, to me!
Matt Anderson
Google+ profile 

Kingdom Forlorn
Kingdom Forlorn


Grise Fjord in Inuktitut is Aujuittuq (ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ), meaning “place that never thaws”. What a fitting name for a hamlet that is often seen surrounded by ice even in the summer months on the northernmost island in Canada.
We were arriving from our expedition ship and were greeted by the locals after we navigated a maze of sea ice grounded on the shore by the tide. Among them was an RCMP officer who was originally born in the Grenadines in the Caribbean, we joked about the stark contrast of his previous life and now. Even though the people here are mainly inuit, they are also canadians, and for the most part they dress just like me. But for the sake of preserving history and traditions, for special occasions they will put on traditional clothing.

Kyle Marquardt
Google+ profile

Inuit boy in seal skin
Inuit boy in seal skin

Photographers in Google +

Erika Thornes

In my timeline of Google + excellent photographers have appeared.
I leave the best picture I’ve found and their profiles.
Enjoy it


Google+: profile

PHOTOGRAPHER: Patrick Hübschmann
Google+: profile

PHOTOGRAPHER: Edita Jablonskiene
Google+: profile

The Light Prevailed
The Light Prevailed

Google+: profile

Erika Thornes

Google+: profile

Web Browsing Secure with Firefox

Web-spying technologies like FaceNiffFiresheep and Newstweek are out there showing the world just how easy it is to see what you’re doing online, but they’re amateurish in comparison to what real hackers could do to you if they catch you browsing unsecured websites.

Luckily, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tor Project have just launched an official 1.0 version of their HTTPS Everywhere extension for the Firefox web browser, which forces encrypted connections to more than 1,000 websites that support the option.

HTTPS encryption makes sure that your online activities are protected from eavesdropping, and helps keep your accounts from getting hijacked by encrypting both requests from your browser to websites and the resulting displayed webpages. But a lot of times, you don’t even know you have the option to browse securely, or it’s confusing and difficult to use. HTTPS Everywhere helps you out by automatically encrypting the connections, making it easier to keep your user names, passwords and browsing histories secure and private.

“HTTPS Everywhere 1.0 encrypts connections to Google Image Search, Flickr, Netflix, Apple, and news sites like NPR and the Economist, as well as dozens of banks. HTTPS Everywhere also includes support for Google Search, Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, Wikipedia, the New York Times, and hundreds of other popular websites.”

Right now, HTTPS Everywhere is only available for Firefox, but they are interested in developing it for other browsers like Chrome, once the option arises. Until then, Chrome users can use KB SSL Enforcer to protect their web browsing, though it’s not as reliable as HTTPS Everywhere would be.

You can download HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox here.


Google+ App for iPhone Already Having Crash Issues

Google+ App for iPhone Already Having Crash Issues

Google+ App for iPhone Already Having Crash IssuesMaybe Google rushed out the iPhone application for Google+, or perhaps users have been having some bad luck, but there has been a lot of noise in the last 30 minutes on the various social networks since the iPhone application was released. Apparently the application has been crashing for many.

Even some stars are complaining about the application already. Actress Alyssa Milano posted the following just moments ago:

iPhone app crashed twice in the 10 minutes I’ve been on it. Hmmmm. Back to twitter!

Social Media Guru Robert Scoble also has complained about the application just about 45 minutes after it’s release, saying:

Sorry Google, the new iPhone app is a mess.

Here’s what I’ve seen so far:

1. It doesn’t keep me logged in. Even though I had told it to. Oh, wait, now it is.
2. I don’t see a way to upload a photo, like the Android app has. Nevermind, I found that, you have to click on the photos app where the camera icon is very small.
3. It frequently freezes on me.
4. It has crashed twice so far. UPDATE: Six times.
5. No way to share.

This is in just 15 minutes of testing. Anyone else seeing other issues?

As with any new release, there are also positive comments out there as well. Google will likely get to the bottom of any issues, which are possibly caused by the shear volume of people suddenly using the application. Google pushed out an updated Android application within a week or so of it’s initial release, and are said to already be working on the next update. I’m sure things will be remedied fairly quickly with the iPhone app if there are issues.

Historypin, Thousands of old photos Geolocated






Historypin is another site for the curious, history buffs and those who like to look back and see how it has changed over the years.

It uses Google maps to geotag old photographs sent by its users. They already have a large number of photographs that exceed 38000.

One of the features that I liked is that when we visualize an old photograph is charged the same place in Street View so we can compare the differences that emerged over time.

To find the pictures we can use the search or move around the map. We also have a timeline to filter the year in which the photograph was taken, ranging from 1840 to today.

Link | Historypin

Google Art Project

Google Art Project- The Hermitage

Google Art Project- The Hermitagea still from Google Art Project – Behind the Scenes

The Google Art Project was launched at the end of last week.  It works on the same principle at Streetview – except you’re walking the galleries of different museums rather than the streets of specific places.

The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, the world’s great works of art and museums are now within reach to an unprecedented global audience.

It’s rather disorientating when it starts up as it comes in as a close-up on a work of art.

The Guardian get the kudos for making the most of this and have kicked off with a Google Art Project: Guess the artwork – quiz.

This is the Google Art Project Visitor Guide video which was loaded onto YouTube last Friday.


Here’s some links to get you started:

What is the ‘Art Project’?

A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Explore museums with Street View technology: virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.

If you’d like to read what the papers have to say about it here are links to various articles

Google Insights : More Languages and forecasting

Google announced in a blog post this week new features for its Google Insights for Search, available at The new features include lots more languages (a total of 39!) and even a forecasting feature.

Have you used Google Insights for Search? You can enter one or more search terms, specify factors like a time range, type of search (news, images, Web, etc.) and geographic area of the world, and Google will give you a graph of how much that search has been requested over time, along with pointers to news stories about your query and information on the search’s popularity in different geographic areas. Take a look at an example screenshot I did for the search recycling.

Google InsightsYou’ll see that there’s a graph here showing the activity for the search query “recycling” since 2004. But if you’ll look closely you’ll see that the solid line ends in a dotted line as the Google Insights tool attempts to guess how popular a query will be until 2011. The blog mentions that this forecasting tool is for “some queries” but in my testing it seems like even more obscure queries got a forecast. Fairly recent trending topics like crasher squirrel, however, appear less likely to get a trend line, and I did find some queries that didn’t get a forecast even though they had a long history in the search trend graph.

Google Insights also has an animated map now! If you look a little further down on the page, you’ll see a map that shows interest in a particular search query by country. If you look at the bottom of the map there’s also a link that will animate the map to show you the search volume for a query changes in different countries over time.


If you find you like the information you’re finding with this Google feature, there are several things you can do with it. You can embed the graphs. You can use a module to add a chart to iGoogle. You can download a CSV of the data.

While I thought the forecast part of Insight was interesting, I never found a case where it was radical — where it indicated that a query was really going to take off like a rocket or that it would drop off a cliff. Either one of those cases would have made me more interested in watching that query. Instead I use Google Insights for Search to get a history of a query — did a search term have a particular time when it really took off? What were the search results for it right before then? Google Insight also has lists of related topic and related rising searches. Sometimes these help me decide how I want to refine a query, especially when using alert services.

Share Files and Create a VPN Between Two Computers

If you are looking for a free and easy way to create a VPN(Virtual Private Network) connection to another computer, share files, remote control or share screens between computers? Gbridge helps you to manage your multiple PCs, and collaborate works with close friends. In addition, you will be able to use it when you want to privately exchange large media files with your friends. Gbridge is a free tool which you can use to sync folders, share files, control another computer, share your desktop, or chat. It connects two computers directly and securely.

After downloading Gbridge’s Windows client, installing is relatively straightforward. Once you are done with the installation, you’ll be asked for your Gmail/Google account information, and to give a host name in the login screen as below.


When everything’s set up, you’re ready to go, but you might want to set up Gbridge on any other computers you own to create a virtual network amongst your PC’s. You can install and auto-start Gbridge on multiple computers, using the same Gmail logon, and it will keep all those computers connected and ready to trade or stream files.


Gbridge Client Window will look like this. The easiest way to use Gbridge is to create SecureShares Hit the big button for SecureShares at the top on the Gbridge client that’s doing the sharing, choose a folder, and choose the people who can access it and set a password by clicking on Create SecureShare as show below.

Secure share

Gbridge try multiple ways to connect, based on what works and which method is giving the highest performance. As a last resort, it can use GTalk to create a connection on top of the service. Overall, it’s a great program with a lot of features and no restrictions! You can share very large files without a problem, share your desktop, and stream music and video to your computer from another.