Some Hidden Google Tools
- Dear Professiona
informative article about google.
I know, I know... you're already an expert Google searcher, and
you've been using Google since you were in short pants (now, that's
an expression that dates me, isn't it?). But I'm still going to toss
out a few tools and resources that you might not have found already.
If you want all of Google's tools and options conveniently displayed
on a single screen, try FaganFinder. I like it because I am reminded
of all the choices I have and settings I can tweak, including
toggling the Duplicates Filter on or off, using the file format
search, and setting the number of results per page. It even has handy
links for typing non-English letters.
Right now, the only search engines that support the "NEAR" operator
(search for this word within X words of that word) are Alta Vista and
MSNBC. But there's a nifty Google hack called Google API Proximity
Search (GAPS) that lets you look for two words within one, two or
three words of each other.
Google has a synonym feature that lets you search for not only the
word you type in the search box but also for some common synonyms of
the word. The syntax is ~word, so, for example, if you type ~food in
the search box, you will also retrieve web pages that have the word
cooking, nutrition, recipe or restaurant. Sometimes that's a nifty
tool, but it has its drawbacks. I tried ~aluminum and it not only
retrieved pages with the British equivalent, aluminium, and words
with the atomic symbol AL, but also pages that mentioned Weird Al
Yankovic, Al Jazeera, Al-Anon, and the official page for the state of
Alabama. Use this tool when you are looking for a broad category of
concepts, and be prepared for a few unexpected results.
One of my favorite Google tools is WebQuotes, through which you can
find out what other people are saying about a particular site. Type
in a URL, and you'll see how other sites are describing that site.
It's a great way to suss out fraudulent sites. Try, for example,
typing in www.gatt.org and see how it's described. (Yes, WebQuotes is
designed for key words, not URLs, but I really like this
Similar to AllTheWeb's URL Investigator, Google provides some
background information on a page if you type the URL in the form
info:www.whatever.xxx. For example, go to Google and type
info:www.petfinder.org in the search box, and you will see a link to
the PetFinder site, a link to Google's cached copy of the page,
similar and related web sites, pages that link to that site, and
pages that mention "www.petfinder.org"
We're accustomed to looking at Google's search results 10 sites at a
time, sorted by estimated relevance. But what if you want to exercise
your right brain - that's the creative, non-linear side - and view
the results in a more graphic format? Check out anacubis' "Google-
enabled visual search". Type in your search terms, right-click on one
of the resulting hits and see how you can immediately expand the
results to similar sites, or linked sites.
For those of us in the US, a handy new tool is Google's "Search by
Number" feature. Google now recognizes the pattern for Federal
Express, UPS and USPS tracking numbers; vehicle ID numbers, US patent
numbers, UPC codes, area codes, and even FCC equipment IDs and FAA
airplane reservation numbers. For most of these searches, you can
just type the number into the search box; for patent numbers, you
have to add the word "patent" to the beginning of the number, and for
FCC equipment IDs, you need to add the word "fcc" at the beginning.
Related to this feature is the ability to see the current status of
any US flight. Type the airline name and the flight number in the
search box, and you will see a link to the arrival/departure
information screen for that flight, provided by Travelocity.
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Naveed ul Haq Hashmi
Sharjah College UAE