Google Chrome

By Steve Castaneda on September 2, 2008 in News - 27 Comments
Learn About Google Chrome

Learn About Google Chrome

Update: Download Google Chrome now!  Get the latest release notes here; Chrome is updated automatically when new updates are released.

On Labor Day, Google released some tidbits of information about a browser they had been working on internally.  It’s name is Google Chrome, and it’s built from the geniuses we all have come to love at Google.  It’s release was given out via a comic (not kidding; but take a look!), whose screenshot you see at the left.  Click on the screenshot to look at the comic in it’s entirety.

Google will be offering up a beta of it’s new browser today, and that has yet to be released.  This post will be updated when I get more information.

What does this mean to real estate agents? You may have already experienced this dilemma with having multiple browsers (IE, Firefox, and Safari are probably the most popular).  Many web pages have to be optimized to view well in any particular browser; what looks great in Internet Explorer may not look so great in Firefox and vice versa.

With a new browser in the playing field, we may now be inclined to optimize for yet another browser.  No one has really tested Google Chrome just yet, but I will definitely be testing all my sites in the new browser the moment the beta is released.

Many have concerns with the amount of tracking Google has with their search engine alone, and now they’ll (possibly) be able to track your every move on the internet even when you’re off of Google.com.  It’s the information age, and with this new browser I’m sure Google is poised to get a flood of information regarding your searching habits.

Would there be negative implications on this?  Possibly.  The possibility is there that your searching habits will be tracked and sent back to Google.  Fortunately, their browser claims to have a privacy mode that will not track any of your online surfing either to Google or locally to your computer.

What About The Good?

Google Chrome Comic

Google Chrome Comic

I love Google.  Anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m a Google fanatic.  Everything they touch has that simplistic feel, and just “works”.  I’m happy that their introducing Google Chrome into the world, and excited that it’s all open source information.

Hopefully Google Chrome will help drive innovation in internet browsers.  When browsers were first created they were mostly built to interpret text, while now-a-days you’ll notice that there are some awesome and interactive websites out there.  I’ve personally always enjoyed the homepage for 2Advanced Studios.

Perhaps the searching habits they will undoubtedly gather will help them serve you better advertisements, or possibly help them get you to where you need to go faster.  By keeping track of your searching habits, perhaps they’ll also be keen on which sites are malicious, thus allowing them to protect more users against viruses and spyware.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all turns out, but I will definitely update this post as soon as I learn more.  I’m thinking the following link will get you to where you need to go once the beta goes live, but right now it’s just a redirect.

http://www.google.com/chrome

Stay tuned!

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About the Author

Steve Castaneda, Realtor has been in the real estate industry since Jan. 2005. He specializes in selling homes in Northwest Houston and spends his free time sharing his passion for technology by writing at TechForAgents and programming web applications. Follow him on Google or Twitter.

27 Comments on "Google Chrome"

  1. Tampa Real Estate September 8, 2008 at 11:54 am · Reply

    I just hope they post some guidelines on how to code correctly for their browser. I am still having problems getting FF to show my site correctly. Who has time for this?

  2. Rio Rancho Real Estate September 8, 2008 at 8:27 pm · Reply

    I downloaded it and its cool (kind of a minimalist thing). I didn’t care for it too much; I guess I am a creature of my IE habit. My 11 year old son loves it, his brain can adjust faster than my 45 you one. He feels that it is much faster and easier to use. I guess we will see if it takes off.

  3. Pittsburgh Real Estate September 9, 2008 at 8:33 am · Reply

    Google is always creating something great, this has the possibility to be a great new tool.

  4. Austin Real Estate September 9, 2008 at 11:11 am · Reply

    I love the cartoon explaining the new browser. I’ve been wanting to read it so thanks for posting it. When I first heard about a new browser, I was also concerned about having to test on multiple browsers, but for web savvy realtors, it really becomes a competitive advantage to know all the ins and outs of every type of browser users may have.

  5. Nicole Boynton September 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm · Reply

    Thanks for the info. I will keep checking back to see what you think of Chrome. I am going to stick with Internet Explorer for now because I am sure Chrome would not work with our MLS…

  6. Austin Real Estate September 10, 2008 at 10:25 am · Reply

    I found the cartoon very informative and quite funny as well. Getting into the business and don’t know too much about Google, and so having something to read that kept me entertained as well was good to see

  7. 360 Degree Feedback September 10, 2008 at 11:34 am · Reply

    haha now google is turnin’ gangster, using ‘google chrome’. @_@
    -Jeff

  8. Tampa Real Estate Agent September 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm · Reply

    well i tried to get google chrome but was too boring for me I guess so fire fox it is for me.

  9. MileHighListings September 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm · Reply

    I find it hard to always keep up with all the technology that is rolling out these days. While I am a techie and think google is at the top of the game when it comes to innovation, there are only 24 hrs in a day and I am on hour 30. I do like what they have done with the marketing of google chrome with the cartoon. I guess this weekend will be spent with Chrome and football

  10. Bobby, Brisbane Real Estate Agent September 12, 2008 at 9:06 am · Reply

    This is really a great technology and this was actually expected from Google.

  11. Abhinav Poddar September 12, 2008 at 9:48 am · Reply

    The tool is good…Yet being new there are some problems in it…Hope they are worked out fast… 🙂

  12. Lance September 12, 2008 at 7:14 pm · Reply

    My wife started using this a few days ago and loves it. She does not have to deal with her IE crashing every other day. I’ll be giving it a try over the weekend.

  13. Dallas Real Estate September 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm · Reply

    I really like to new browser. I am hopeful that Google comes up with a new operating system in a couple of years.

  14. Dallas Real Estate September 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm · Reply

    I really like this new browser. I am hopeful that Google comes up with a new operating system in a couple of years.

  15. Patsy Snyder September 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm · Reply

    I am always into the newest technology but at the moment, I am having so much trouble with my new iPhone, I cannot take on anything else. I’ll be watching the blogs to keep up with it. Hopefully, the iPhone will soon be working as well as the first one did and I can try Chrome.

  16. Shan in Austin September 14, 2008 at 9:28 am · Reply

    I am sure that using Google Chrome will end up being a necessity when it comes to optimizing a website for Google. Not only that, but as someone already mentioned, everything Google touches seems to turn to gold. So, I am sure this will end up being the new way to go once it starts taking off.

  17. Las Vegas Real Estate September 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm · Reply

    Bob makes a good point. Its hard enough to make sure your site looks right in FF. I’m with Dallas waiting for Google to release a new OS. Perhaps that would give Microsoft enough incentive.

  18. Emily in Austin September 14, 2008 at 1:53 pm · Reply

    It is frustrating that there are so many browsers to optimize for. But knowing how omnipotent Google is becoming (Knol, for instance, when they said they’d never get into the content side of things), it’s probably worth paying attention to how things work on Chrome.

  19. MileHighListings September 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm · Reply

    That’s right…I didn’t even think about having to optimize my site for another browser. Looks like I will be working late tonight.

  20. MileHighListings September 16, 2008 at 5:43 pm · Reply

    @Las Vegas Real Estate
    I have the opposite problem trying to make my site look right in IE but that is probably since I use FF. I guess it comes down to personal preference and remembering to take a look at your site with different browsers now and then. I really like the looks of my site when using Safari.

  21. Cedar City Real Estate September 18, 2008 at 10:52 am · Reply

    I love the new browser that Google has released. I like that you can seperate external applications and that when you open a new tab it has the most visited pages there and closed pages. It is like the fast dial add on with Firefox.

  22. Adidas September 25, 2008 at 7:04 am · Reply

    New Browser is pretty good with cool features but they need to update them soon ..As we need to add plug ins Where it wont support thats major drawback …

  23. Buytiffany September 30, 2008 at 8:33 am · Reply

    Chrome ..Pretty Good and its very nice to use very professional ..user friendly ,fast ,stylish …

  24. Steve Castaneda September 30, 2008 at 8:37 am · Reply

    Just found the release notes; looks like they’ve been fixing a lot of bugs and fixed that horrible issue with viewing flash (youtube) in Chrome.

    You can see a blog of all their releases here.

    http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/

    On a side note: Chrome updates automatically and without you knowing. I’m not quite sure if I like that or not, but I suppose it can’t hurt.

  25. Ballenisles Real Estate January 10, 2012 at 11:36 am · Reply

    I have heard some rumblings about problems with chrome. has anyone got any information? I also read that they stopped using IE6. Thank goodness!

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