Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on April 30th, 2010

This Week in Drupal SEO News: Google Invests $90,000 in Drupal, "Google Me" Official Trailer, and Virtual Keyboards

With DrupalConSF2010 jet lag finally gone and CMS Expo in Chicago to look forward to next week, Volacci is taking a break to catch our proverbial breath and enjoy the spring-like weather.

It's been a busy week all over the world, with the oil spill spreading in the Gulf of Mexico, Europeans back in the skies, Gordon Brown's campaign guffaw, and attractive women causing earthquakes in the Iran. You should be glad you are reading this post and not doing something more EXTREME! But I digress.

Join me after the jump for this week's Drupal SEO news. Drupal 7.0 Alpha has yet another release, Google invests some serious cash in Drupal, and the "Google Me" official movie trailer awaits you.


Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 Released

The footsteps of Drupal 7.0 get louder every day. This Monday, they nearly made me drop my coffee. Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 was released with many critical bug fixes and other improvements, including:

• Color module now usable by themes other than Garland.

• Usability improvements including re-weightable roles and saner Forum module defaults.

• A variety of optimizations made to data import-related functions to make migrations faster.

• Lots of previously missing documentation for hooks has now been documented.

• Increased test coverage, particularly core Tokens.

• Lots of smaller bug fixes, security patches, and improvements.

For more details, check out the Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 release notes.

Please note: this is an alpha version and not to be used for production sites.

The next release, according to D.O, will be on or about May 21, 2010. Pending any further security issues, it will be the beta! The Drupal wizards who are running the show also expect a few beta versions and at least one release candidate before 7.0 is finished.

Google to Invest $90,000 in Drupal at SoC

As you may know, for several years Drupal has been actively involved in Google’s Summer of Code (SoC) program: a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. It has been a rewarding experience for both students, mentors, and Drupal alike.

Wednesday, Google announced that they will sponsor 18 Drupal developer stipends in this year’s Summer of Code program. Google will provide a stipend of $5,000 to each student developer, of which $4,500 goes to the student and $500 goes to their Drupal mentor. My trusty calculator tells me that adds up to $90,000 investment by Google into the Drupal project!

The focus of Drupal projects at this year’s SoC is on “integrating Drupal with other APIs, improving and updating popular contributed modules, improving security, and helping to build new functionalities that will help keep Drupal at the cutting edge.”

For a complete list of SoC 2010 students and mentors, visit the announcement of Drupal’s 2010 Summer of Code Students. While you’re there, give them a big THANK YOU! for all the hard work they have already done to get this far!


"Google Me" Official Trailer

There is an intriguing documentary out called “Google Me”, which features a man named Jim Killeen and seven other guys with his same name. The documentary takes Jim on a journey that shows the importance of search engines and social networking in today’s world and how we use them for answering life’s questions.

The story starts like this: Jim Killeen sits down at his computer one night and googles himself. This one search sends him on a quest to find the other Jim Killeen’s of the world. The documentary has been building major buzz thanks, in part, to Google.

Check out the official trailer below:

What is even more intriguing about this movie is that it demonstrates how search engine optimization (SEO) and branding are vital in today’s digital environment. Just like Jim searched his name using Google and found other people with his name, potential consumers use the same methods to find companies who sell what they need. One of the main objectives of an SEO campaign is to rank well with Google so you get found for the products and services you provide. That is a significant way you make money online. Be sure to check out Google Me’s homepage for more details.

Google Search Integrates Virtual Keyboards

Last year Google introduced a virtual keyboard API through The API allowed developers to use virtual keyboards on any text field or text area in their website.

Google announce yesterday that they are integrating virtual keyboards into Google search in 35 different languages.

If you use Google search in one of the 35 languages listed on their site, you will see a small keyboard icon appear to the immediate right of their search box. By clicking on the icon, as seen above on Greek’s Google homepage, a virtual keyboard pops up on your screen, in your language. You can either click on the on-screen keyboard with your mouse or press the corresponding key on your regular keyboard. Find out more information on how to use virtual keyboards in Google’s Help Article.

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