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The Future of Social Media. At the beginning of the month I was asked to speak at a panel that discussed Social media, Social Networks and “What’s Coming Up Next”.

The Future of Social Media

In research for this discussion, I came up with a few insights on what I foresee coming up next in the world of social media. Here are my top 10 insights: 1) The physical and digital worlds will be more highly connected than ever before – already today we are able to run in the park and track our progress online while sharing it with our friends or track our weight loss, or even our ovulation (well, some of us, that is) with iPhone apps that connect to our Facebook and twitter profiles and enable us to keep track of our progress as well as share the data with our friends.

Robert Scoble had a brilliant presentation on this topic at the last TNW Conference in Amsterdam. You can see it here. 2) Facebook, Twitter and other major social networks will become increasingly what Fred Wilson coins “Social Dashboards”. Google Search By Image: Use A Snapshot As Your Search Query. Today at its ‘Inside Search’ event, Google announced several new features, including desktop support for voice search and a new mobile interface.

Google Search By Image: Use A Snapshot As Your Search Query

And they’ve just shown off a new way to actually create queries: Google Search By Image. I haven’t gotten to try it out yet, but the feature looks quite nifty. Drag an image from your desktop into the search box, and Google will attempt to identify what it is and bring up relevant results. Google showed how this could be used to identify a mountain in a snapshot, or the origins of an icon. The final example: a JPG of the Y U NO guy, which brought up results from Know Your Meme and a variety of other sites explaining the origin of the meme.

Google says that the technology is similar to Google Goggles for mobile, but refined for the desktop experience. The feature will roll out on over the next few days. There are four ways to actually add an image as your query: Google’s Instant Pages drastically improves webpage loading speeds. Google demonstrated the speed improvements of its new Instant Pages feature at today’s Inside Search live event, which focused on additions to its Instant Search product.

Google’s Instant Pages drastically improves webpage loading speeds

Instant Pages uses web rendering to load webpages from search results 3 to 5 times faster for the average person, according to Google’s Amit Singhal, who reaffirmed the company’s commitment to a faster search experience during the demo. Singhal explained that the average webpage takes about 5 seconds to load, making the total search experience roughly 30 seconds long, according to the “Query Timeline” infograph used in the demo. That amount of time will probably seem arbitrary for anyone not in charge of improving the world’s most successful web search engine.

The company first made an effort to speed up the search experience with Instant Search, which begins working immediately as a user starts entering words into the search bar (without having to press enter or the “search” button). How Designers Can Avoid Making Mistakes. Ahh mistakes.

How Designers Can Avoid Making Mistakes

We all make them, and it's not something to fear or be ashamed of. They are a great opportunity to learn, to grow your skills, and become a stronger designer for your clients and your career. After doing this for a number of years, I've made a few "lessons" myself. I started thinking about the more common mistakes that happen in the creative workspace and maybe some advice to help get around them.

After sharing and discussing with a few of my peers here's what we came up with. All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.– Winston Churchill Speedy Going too fast! Solution: Go fast, smarter. Try to switch gears before you do your quality control check. Tunnel Vision You've been working all night on the cover graphic, the big illustration, retouching a photo that's part of the annual report center spread, and finally you have it in the project. Solution: You can approach this a few ways. Overworked Ok, the logo for client A is almost done.

HOW TO: Land a Job at Google. Google is having a big hiring year — its biggest ever, in fact.

HOW TO: Land a Job at Google

This week we spoke with Bryan Power, a people operations manager at Google, for advice on getting hired by the tech giant. Power oversees sales hiring in the North and South America regions. Previously, he led recruiting for the product management and engineering groups, giving him familiarity with hiring practices in multiple areas of the company.

Paint a Picture, Concisely Power suggests job seekers — at Google and elsewhere — begin by presenting a picture of what they've done in their careers as concisely and precisely as possible. Too often Power receives resumes that describe their previous roles, but don't talk about what they did in those roles that would distinguish them from the 10,000 other people in a similar role. "Too often [applicants] leave out the numbers because they're worried they are too low, but without those specifics you don't stand out; you look like everyone else," he explains.