Helping Women Get Online(hwgo.com) is an initiative by Google in India to empower women by enabling them to use the internet. In India, only 30% of the active Internet users are women. By bringing more women online, it would empower them & also improves society. Google’s Plan is to have 50 million additional women get online by end of 2014. Intel, HUL, Future Group & Axis Bank are the other partners in this effort who will help drive this initiative through various efforts. Some of the other partners in this effort are Johnson & Johnson, indiatimes, Healthkart & Babyoye.
An Internet Toll Free Helpline number has also been set up at 1800 41 999 77 to guide women if they get stuck on the Internet.The site has information on all the basics like internet skills, chat/email & videos online. Cooking tips, Financial tips & Household tips are also available on the site. The site is also available in Hindi.
Google, which is celebrating 15 years this week, has grown to become a dominant force in the web. Search, Android, Google Adwords, Adsense, Maps & others are some of the important areas of Google. The chart below shows the market share of Google in some of its areas.
You will find more statistics at Statista
Google has overhauled its search algorithm to answer complex & longer queries from web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, announced on Thursday that Google launched updated algorithm “Hummingbird” about a month ago & it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.
Google used to match keywords with the web sites to provide results & as the search is getting complex over the years, this new algorithm would be able to handle complex queries. With the exponential growth of web across desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablets & others, search is evolving rapidly. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up shop in the garage of Susan Wojcicki in September 1998 & Susan Wojcicki is now a senior Google Executive.
Google is trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of internet. Google previously had made Caffeine, Panda, Penguin & other updates. But the “Hummingbird” update is a very important algorithm change & this has been done after a very long time.