April 08, 2011

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This post is by Scott Knaster of Google Developer Relations. Scott works on technical docs at Google and is editor of this very blog. A Silicon Valley veteran, Scott enjoys listening to music, spending time with his family, and writing about himself in the third person.

If you’ve ever tried to make a big announcement on a Friday, you might have discovered that lots of people aren’t paying attention at the end of the work week. Like many organizations and blogs (although certainly not all), we’ve generally avoided publishing posts on Fridays. So what’s going on here?

Basically, I thought it would be fun to use Friday for publishing posts that are somewhat lighter in tone than our usual fare. After all, it’s Friday, and we don’t want to bum anybody out. I’m calling it a Fridaygram, because it’s always going to be on Friday (although not every Friday, I’m sure), and ‑gram because that means “something written or recorded”, plus it has a nice retro feel.

(For some reason I find myself thinking about Rebecca Black right now.)

Fridaygrams might include a look back at the week’s previous posts; maybe a couple of interesting curated links; possibly something new and interesting to geek out on over the weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

This week, the big news around here has been I/O Live. In case you missed the announcement yesterday, we’re going to livestream the keynotes as usual, but way cooler than that, we’re also livestreaming Android and Chrome sessions, with real-time captions on the streams. We also showcased some amazing Last Call for Google I/O contest winners and wrote about a test suite for web-based rich text editors.

And because you've read this far, here's a tip on something you can try: on your mobile phone, go to the web browser and do a Google search for tilt. Have fun with that one, share it with your friends, and thanks for reading.