Google: Facts and Figures

Pingdom, the awesome web site monitoring company, has created a massive infographic on Google. The figure I find most interesting is that 50% of Google’s products were created in the famed 20% employee interest-based work time. It shows that investing in people’s interests pays off. I can’t help but equate the idea to the strengths movement or the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition where student interest and engagement is paramount.

Google facts and figures

Google facts and figures

3D Web with Google O3D

Thanks to a tweet from Rich White, I see Google is jump-starting the idea of hardware accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser. Check this video out.

What is O3D? From their website:

O3D is an open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications in the browser. This API is shared at an early stage as part of a conversation with the broader developer community about establishing an open web standard for 3D graphics.

All you have to do is install the plug-in, restart your browser, and visit the samples page. There are a bunch of proof on concepts there that give a general idea of what is possible. I can’t wait to see what people start creating with this.