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Google Is More than Just a Search Engine
Google Is More than a Search Engne
By Sharon Housley
The architects of the most powerful search
engine in the world have included some really handy
algorithms in their service, which allow searchers to
quickly locate particular and specific types of information...
In order to quickly find the definition of a word, simply
type "define: word" in the search box. Google will then
provide the definition of the word.
2. Area Codes
Enter a US telephone area code in the URL box to
see a map of the area covered by that telephone area
Type a math problem into the Google search box,
and Google will calculate the answer. Google acts as
a calculator when mathematical calculation is presented.
Google recognizes the following mathematical symbols:
addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), division
(/), to the power of (^), and square root of a number
In order to locate reviews and show times for movies
playing near you, type "movies" or the name of a current
film into the Google search box. If you have already
saved your location on a previous search, or if you
are logged into a Google account, the top search result
will display show times for nearby theaters for the
movie you entered.
To see the weather for many US and worldwide cities,
type "weather" followed by the city and state, US zipcode,
or city and country. Google will provide a current weather
6. Current Time
To see the current time in any city around the world,
type "time" and the name of the city. Google will display
the current time for that city.
7. Patent Search
To search for US patents, enter the word "patent" into
the Google search box, followed by the patent number.
Google will display the details of that particular patent.
8. Track Shipments
Shipments can easily be tracked using Google simply
by entering the tracking number for your UPS, FedEx,
or USPS package directly into the Google search box.
Google will return the tracking results and status of
9. Stock Quotes
Google can help investors keep an eye on the changing
stock market. To see current market data for a given
company or fund, simply type the ticker symbol into
the Google search box. The resulting webpage displays
financial data from the Google Finance service.
Looking for a map? Type in the name or US zipcode for
a location, along with the word "map" and Google will
display a map of that location.
11. Convert Currency
Google also has a built-in currency converter. Simply
enter the conversion you would like to see performed
in the Google search box, and Google will provide the
12. Flight Status
To view the flight status for arriving and departing
US airline flights, enter the name of the airline and
the flight number into the Google search box. Airport
delays and details can be found by typing in the name
of the city or three-letter airport code, followed by
the word "airport".
If you want to locate search results for a word, along
with any synonyms for the word, just enter the tilde
sign (~) before the search term. Google will display
results for that word and will include any related synonyms.
To see trends for population and unemployment rates
of US states and counties, type "population" or "unemployment
rate" followed by a state or county. You can click through
to a page that lets you compare different locations.
15. Spell Check
Google even has a built-in spell-checker. Google automatically
checks whether your query uses the most common spelling
of a given word. If Google thinks there may be an alternate
or better spelling, it will be listed as: “Did you mean:
16. Conversion Calculator
You can use Google to convert units of measurement.
Google will convert height, weight, and volume measurements.
Simply enter the desired conversion into the search
box and Google will calculate the conversion.
17. Earthquake Activity
Google even tracks earthquake activity. Enter "earthquake"
followed by the city and state or US zipcode into the
Google search box to see the seismic activity in a specific
18. Related Websites
Google will display webpages that contain similar
content. Include "related:" followed by a website address
in the Google search box for a listing of related websites.
19. Linked Websites
When "link:" is used in the Google search box, and
followed by a URL, the search results will include a
listing of all webpages indexed by the search engine
which contain links to the specified URL (i.e. to see
how many websites are linking back to your site, or
to a competitor's site).
20. Indexed Pages
When "site:" is entered in the Google search box,
followed by a domain name, the search engine locates
all documents within a specific domain, including all
of its sub-domains. This is an easy way to get a rough
idea of the number of pages indexed for a given domain.
True to Google's mission of making sense of information,
Google has made specific and unique information very
easy to find.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
audio recording and editing software.
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