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Zerg Rush Easter egg and other great time wasters from Google

Zerg Rush

Some “n00b” got “pwned” by Zergs in this screen grab from Google’s newest Easter egg, Zerg Rush. (Google / April 27, 2012)

Google’s Zerg Rush is a gift to all of us who believe that not every minute spent at work should be used in productive pursuits.

If you have a few minutes to spare, try typing the words “zerg rush” into Google from the search engine’s homepage.

Then wait and watch as a hungry pack of Os start to devour all the words on the search result page.

But this isn’t just a sit back and watch Google treat — this is an interactive game. Google has given you the power to  destroy the Os by clicking furiously on them with your mouse.

Your efforts will eventually prove futile, however. There are infinite numbers of Os and you can only click so fast.

The game is over when the Os destroy the words in the left-hand rail of the Google search results page. When you lose, all the Os will gather together to create two Gs — Good Game.

Google is nothing if not a good sport.

So what’s the story behind the game? A Google spokesperson emailed us the following statement:

“For n00bs who aren’t as familiar with real-time strategy games, there’s been a zerg rush on your search results page. Because there should always be time to practice your gaming skills, click on the zerg units to defend the results page and try not to get pwned. Then you can share you APM score onGoogle+. GLHF!”  Read More

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Startup Improves Google Social Search

A startup called Wajam has created a more useful social search experience for Google than Google could.

Google’s own three-month-old social search product is called “Search Plus Your World.” But given the absence of Twitter and Facebook updates in the product’s results, it would be more appropriate to call it “Search Plus Your Google+.”

Wajam, which first launched its free browser extension last year, includes other social networks in search results.

The startup introduced a new interface on Monday that sets its search results to the right of Google search results. When users make a Google search query, they can filter social results by specific friends who posted status updates, photos or videos about a specific term. They can select, for instance, only photos that their friend Bob posted on Facebook or only videos Danielle posted to Twitter.

Wajam’s plugin also brings social search to Yahoo, Bing and about 30 other websites — although not all of them are search engines. On TripAdvisor, Amazon, Yelp and eBay, Wajam adds a social search bar to the top of the page for relevant recommendations.  Read More

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