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Old 11-10-2003   #1
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Get more out of internet search - google

Get more out of the internet.
Try these google secrets out

Syntax Search Tricks

Using a special syntax is a way to tell Google that
you want to restrict your searches to certain elements
or characteristics of Web pages.

Google has a fairly complete list of its syntax
elements at www.google.com/help/operators.html. Here
are some advanced operators that can help narrow down
your search results.

Intitle: at the beginning of a query word or phrase
(intitle: "Three Blind Mice") restricts your search
results to just the titles of Web pages.

Intext: does the opposite of intitle:, searching only
the body text, ignoring titles, links, and so forth.
Intext: is perfect when what you're searching for
might commonly appear in URLs. If you're looking for
the term HTML, for example, and you don't want to get
results such as www.mysite.com/index.html, you can
enter intext:html.

Link: lets you see which pages are linking to your Web
page or to another page you're interested in. For
example, try typing in link:http://www.pcmag.com.

Try using site: (which restricts results to top-level
domains) with intitle: to find certain types of pages.
For example, get scholarly pages about Mark Twain by
searching for intitle:"Mark Twain"site:edu. Experiment
with mixing various elements; you'll develop several
strategies for finding the stuff you want more
effectively.

The site: command is very helpful as an alternative to
the mediocre search engines built into many sites.

Swiss Army Google

Google has a number of services that can help you
accomplish tasks you may never have thought to use
Google for. For example, the new calculator feature
(www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator) lets
you do both math and a variety of conversions from the
search box. For extra fun, try the query "Answer to
life the universe and everything."

Let Google help you figure out whether you've got the
right spelling-and the right word-for your search.
Enter a misspelled word or phrase into the query
box (try "thre blund mise") and Google may suggest a
proper spelling.

This doesn't always succeed; it works best when the
word you're searching for can be found in a
dictionary. Once you search for a properly spelled
word, look at the results page, which repeats your
query. (If you're searching for "three blind mice,"
underneath the search window will appear a statement
such as Searched the web for "three blind mice.")

You'll discover that you can click on each word in
your search phrase and get a definition from a
dictionary.

Suppose you want to contact someone and don't have his
phone number handy. Google can help you with that,
too. Just enter a name, city, and state. (The city is
optional, but you must enter a state.) If a phone
number matches the listing, you'll see it at the top
of the search results along with a map link to the
address. If you'd rather restrict your results, use
rphonebook: for residential listings or bphonebook:
for business listings. If you'd rather use a search
form for business phone listings, try Yellow Search
(www.buzztoolbox.com/google/yellowsearch.shtml).

Extended Googling

Google offers several services that give you a head
start in focusing your search. Google Groups
(http://groups.google.com) indexes literally
millions of messages from decades of discussion on
Usenet. Google even helps you with your shopping via
two tools: Froogle (http://froogle.google.com), which
indexes products from online stores, and Google
Catalogs (http://catalogs.google.com), which features
products from more 6,000 paper catalogs in a
searchable index. And this only scratches the surface.

You can get a complete list of Google's tools and
services at www.google.com/options/index.html.

You're probably used to using Google in your browser.
But have you ever thought of using Google outside your
browser?

Google Alert (www.googlealert.com) monitors your
search terms and e-mails you information about new
additions to Google's Web index. (Google Alert is not
affiliated with Google; it uses Google's Web services
API to perform its searches.) If you're more
interested in news stories than general Web content,
check out the beta version of Google News Alerts
(www.google.com/newsalerts). This service (which is
affiliated with Google) will monitor up to 50 news
queries per e-mail address and send you information
about news stories that match your query. (Hint: Use
the intitle: and source: syntax elements with Google
News to limit the number of alerts you get.)

Google on the telephone? Yup. This service is brought
to you by the folks at Google Labs
(http://labs.google.com), a place for experimental
Google ideas and features (which may come and go, so
what's there at this writing might not be there when
you decide to check it out). With Google Voice Search
(http://labs1.google.com/gvs.html), you dial the Voice
Search phone number, speak your keywords, and then
click on the indicated link. Every time you say a new
search term, the results page will refresh with your
new query (you must have _JavaScript enabled for this
to work). Remember, this service is still in an
experimental phase, so don't expect 100 percent
success.

In 2002, Google released the Google API (application
programming interface), a way for programmers to
access Google's search engine results without
violating the Google Terms of Service. A lot of people
have created useful (and occasionally not-so-useful
but interesting) applications not available from
Google itself, such as Google Alert. For many
applications, you'll need an API key, which is
available free from www.google.com/apis. See the
figures for two more examples, and visit
www.pcmag.com/solutions for more.

Thanks to its many different search properties, Google
goes far beyond a regular search engine. Give the
tricks in this article a try. You'll be amazed at how
many different ways Google can improve your Internet
searching.
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Speaking of google, someone posted this on my site, which I thought was pretty funny.

http://www.google.com/intl/xx-hacker/

http://www.google.com/preferences?hl=xx-hacker
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Re: Get more out of internet search - google

Someone showed me a fun trick:

go to www.google.com

type "weapons of mass destruction" and hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky"

It's pretty clever!
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Re: Get more out of internet search - google

that weapon of mass destruction thing is pretty funny. i thought it was a normal error page. i was about to hit the back button then i read something and i just scratch my head. its kinda funny. good one.
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