Google Web Fonts Pick by Popularity, Check Analytics of Fonts Data

Google Web Fonts can now be sort by order of popularity to help you pick the right font for your site, and also you can now check out the usage data for each font too.Google just added Analytics in the Web Fonts, "clicking on "Analytics" in the upper right corner of the homepage show you […]

Google Web Fonts can now be sort by order of popularity to help you pick the right font for your site, and also you can now check out the usage data for each font too.

Google just added Analytics in the Web Fonts, "clicking on "Analytics" in the upper right corner of the homepage show you the new analytics tab, where you can see and compare numbers for individual font views by browser, operating system and see usage trends," informs Google. You'll see a list of fonts, ranked by the total number of all-time font views and sortable by time period.

"To see a graph of font data for an individual font or a set of fonts, check the box next to the font name and click on the Trend button. And, clicking the views by platform tab on the left pane shows you a heatmap and pie charts of usage of each font by browser or operating system," Google expalins.

While browsing through fonts in the directory, you can also access analytics for an individual font at anytime by navigating to the Statistics tab on the font's specimen page.

Finally, to help you compare and select fonts, "clicking the "Pairings" tab on the Specimen page will now show groupings of fonts that are frequently used together, based on actual usage data via the API," Google adds.

Google Web Fonts : Select fonts by Pairings

Below are the pictures of Web Fonts Analytics features:

Google Web Fonts Analytics Tab \

Graph of Google Web Font data for an individual font or a set of fonts

heatmap and pie charts of usage of each Google Web Font by browser or operating system

Statistics tab on the Google Web Font specimen page.

In other Google news, the company has released an open source, general-purpose framework designed for reranking problems, dubbed "ReFr" (or Reranker Framework).

"The core implementation of ReFr is entirely in C++, with a flexible architecture allowing rich experimentation with both features and learning methods," Google posted.

"The framework also employs a powerful runtime configuration mechanism to make experimentation even easier. Finally, ReFr leverages the parallel processing power of Hadoop to train and use large-scale reranking models in a distributed computing environment," Google blogged.

You can get ReFr at http://code.google.com/p/refr/.

Also, released today is the Release Candidate 2 of Google Web Toolkit (GWT) 2.5. You can check the release notes for a short summary of changes in RC2. And, download this release from the main GWT download page.

And, finally, AdWords API v201209 launched today, includes the ability to share budgets across multiple campaigns, set up demographic targeting at the ad group level, opt into a rotate indefinitely option for ad text, as well as some reporting changes that make errors clearer.

And, with v201209 releasing today, Google is deprecating v201206 and sunsetting it at the end of February 2013.

Below is a highlight of some of the new features:

  • "Shared budgets are now supported across campaigns through the new BudgetService and top-level Budget entity. All budgets are now potentially shareable so you need to first create a budget that is not associated with any particular campaign, and then assign campaigns to this budget via CampaignService.
  • Rotate indefinitely - CampaignService now has a fourth option for the ad rotation setting called ROTATE_INDEFINITELY.
  • Ad group-level demographic targeting - Demographic targeting criteria (Age Range and Gender) are now available at the Ad group level (positive and negative). Note that you can continue to set negative targets at the Campaign level.
  • Reports - A new XML format is being introduced to report download error responses that makes it easier to parse the error messages. Also, report downloads using reportDefinitionId are no longer supported, and a valid AdWords API version must now be supplied in the URL for all report download requests," informs Google.

Check the release notes for a complete list of changes.