Ken Follett: How He Surprised Readers with Pillars of the Earth

In the age of satellite TV, it’s just not possible for audience to remain unaware about the blockbuster Pillars of the Earth. It was not always the same for this book, though. It started to gain prominence through word of mouth, and it made (the word of mouth publicity of the book) the makers of the miniseries confident enough to invest a lot of time and money into the advertising plan. Those who watched the miniseries casually will just look at it as a medieval intrigue story with some swordfights here and there but look deeply and you will realize the (enormity of) source of it was a worldwide bestseller.

Known As a Master of Suspense

 

Even before the Pillars of the Earth was published, Ken Follett was already an acclaimed writer for having written famous titles such as Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca. Eye of the Needle went to become a hit movie and The Key to Rebecca was converted into a miniseries. Some other superbly written spy fiction strengthened his reputation as a great craftsman of thrillers.

Ken Follett Takes A U-Turn

 

Ken Follett surprised his readers by completely changing his theme as he came out with Pillars of the Earth, though the subject matter looked dry in the beginning. The story was about building a cathedral in 12th century England, and the book soon gained a cult following among the readers just through word of mouth.

Find Out What Is Transparent Prose

 

When you start reading the book, it’s difficult to realize the magnitude of task begun, but with 1000 pages to complete, you soon do. Ken Follett himself describes the writing style as transparent prose, through which he just means the readers are able to visualize the story in their minds as they read the book. He has just managed to strike the right balance between the pace of the story and the dialogues. This is the kind of writing that the publishing industry refers to as page turner, and Pillars of the Earth has achieved this distinction.

The 12th Century Creates Itself

 

Ken Follett made sure the prose he wrote was not full of medieval language and lengthy text while describing the environment of the 12th century. The environment of the era was instead created through the actions and dialogues of the characters themselves, as they progressed through the novel. The event of election of a new prior in Kingsbridge becomes an event keenly followed by the readers as they read about the greedy aristocratic family and the villain archbishop.

Something Huge Happened For Ken Follett

 

By 2007, something huge happened for both Ken Follett and Pillars of the Earth. The follow up to Pillars of the Earth was published (World without End), and Oprah mentioned Pillars of the Earth in her most watched television programme also. Her interview with the author also gave readers some idea about the insights the author had while writing the book and how he believed the publishing of this title was a miracle in itself. His next title Fall of Giants is also a detailed account of lives going through the twentieth century.

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Choreographing the Google News Experience for 2034

Krishna Bharath, the principal scientist at Google Inc., talks about the future trends of how people would like to get news during an interview with TOI.

His envisage about the news after 25 years is, the news delivered will be more personalized which will match the individual’s lifestyle and interests. He also adds that the consumption of such news will be across various devices – laptop, palmtops, mobile phones and more… So, the news will be tailored made for each individual and you will get to read what you really want.

Secondly, news presentation will be more complicated and inter-linked. Readers will like to go deep into the article and would like to know more and gather as much knowledge as required. Moreover, the reader would like to comment and provide opinion on the same. He sees this as a challenge to deliver this functionality.

The third trend he says is public access. In future, the reader will have direct access to government documents, facts and figures and perhaps interact with people at the heart of the news.

News will not be just text. Multimedia and video will dominate here too. Multi-lingual channels can also be anticipated.

Customization is what Google will be looking at now. News has to be customized as per the person’s choices. What is on page 4 for one person will be page 1 for another. When you want to keep the interest of the reader on to the subject, customization and automation of news selection comes into play.

So, the questions which are to be answered are:

How to give the reader what he/she wants?
How to give the reader something else in future which he/she will be interested in?
How to provide good content which drills deep into the area and makes it a rich experience with related information and links?
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Online Birth Announcements

Many families today have been using birth announcements to spread the word to the whole world about the new baby in their homes. Moments like this happen only once or twice in a couple’s lifetime, thus occasions like these are the ones we highly anticipate. Every one of us would be so excited to see the adorable pictures of a new born baby.

The problem that most couples encounter is that when the baby is born the last thing they would want to think about are the errands and chores that they would have to do to tell the world of the new baby. Sending birth announcements could be too tiring for couples.

Yet, family and friends would be very much eager to know all the little details that went on “from what happened in the hospital, what your baby looks like, how did you choose the name of your baby. How exactly will you solve this problem?

There is a little trick that parents do to save themselves from all worries and hassles of sending birth announcements to everyone they know. Why not use all our modern day communication devices tell the world about your baby? The Internet allows us to talk to people wherever they are in the world in a matter of seconds. It can be used to send your baby’s birth announcement.

Compared to the traditional way of doing announcements, online announcement has a lot of advantages. It cannot be misplaced, thrown away, or lost; announcements made online can last for a lifetime too. The beauty of it is that your kids can even browse it later on in life for them to remember these moments. Websites that make announcements can be updated anytime you want to for your friends to keep posted on your baby’s firsts.

Though a new born baby may not have any idea on how special she is to you she will surely appreciate the unknown efforts in her later years. For a mother a daughter’s appreciation would be enough.

An addition of a baby to the family is indeed the happiest moments of parenthood. This is why they find ways to have this little creature exposed to friends and relatives and perhaps even to as much people they know. This is the very reason why they create online Birth Announcements.

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Now Google is giving goo.gl its own website (http://goo.gl). Google does not intend overloading goo.gl with features, but they want it to be the most stable, the most secure, and the fastest URL shortener on the web.

With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, it will work fast, and it will keep working. You also know that when you click a goo.gl shortened URL, you’re protected against malware, phishing and spam etc..

Google built goo.gl with a focus on quality. Features of goo.gl:

1. Stability: 100% uptime since Google’s initial launch, and Google have worked behind the scenes to make goo.gl even more stabler and more robust.
2. Security: We’ve added automatic spam detection based on the same type of filtering technology we use in Gmail.
3. Speed: We’ve more than doubled our speed in just over nine months.

Procedure:

Google needed a url shortener for its own products where we knew the shortener wouldn’t go away. We also wanted a shortener that we knew would do things the right way (e.g. 301/permanent redirects) and that would be fast, stable, and secure.

You can use goo.gl just by going to the web page. But if you go to http://goo.gl and login with your Google account, you get analytics and history features for the urls you’ve shortened.

We can use these shortened URLs to post or tweet in many social media sites. Here there is no threat of character limit. If you sign-in to your Google Account, you’ll see a list of URLs you had shortened in the past. Click the “details” link next to any of the shortened URL and you’ll find public, real-time analytics data, complete with traffic over time, top introducers, and visitor profiles. This can be a great way to better understand who’s interested in your links, how they’re finding them and when they’re reading.

Even without an official API, there are extensions available for browsers like Chrome (eg: goo.gl URL Shortener, Shareaholic for Google Chrome) and Firefox (eg: goo.gl lite). goo.gl isn’t an effort to kill anything. Google plans to release an official API for goo.gl in the future. We will be able to use the API to shorten URLs, expand URLs, and view analytics from directly within our own applications.

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