Posted 02/25/2010 at 3:04pm | by Florence Ion Whether you're sending an email in Gmail, finding directions to that fancy restaurant using Google Maps, or pretending to be a part of the latest microblogging craze with Google Buzz, the G-word is everywhere. Well, it turns out that there is also a whole library of Google web applications and services stacked up behind the everyday services you may have come to take for granted.
Google launched a new feature for Google Buzz today that makes it easier for web site publishers — including GigaOM — to add a button to their content so that users can directly share it on the Gmail-based social network.
I’m always amazed that more people don’t know the little tricks you can use to get more out of a simple Google search. Here are 10 of my favorites. Use the “site:” operator to limit searches to a particular site. I use this one all the time, and it’s particularly handy because many site’s built-in search tools don’t return the results you’re looking for (and some sites don’t even have a search feature). If I’m looking for WWD posts about GTD, for example, I could try this search: GTD site:webworkerdaily.com .
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[link here for YouTube ] On September 23, Google announced Sidewiki , a feature on the sidebar of Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers that will allow you to contribute content to any page of the Web. Which means that companies can now stop having meetings about whether to open the comments to their blogs or not - and whether to legislate them.
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Google's search suggestions started to include instant answers for Math calculations, unit conversions, currency conversions, weather information, simple facts, local time, package tracking, word definitions and more. That means you no longer have to click the search button and open a new page to see the results: the answers are displayed instantly. "This kind of information will appear in Suggest either above or below the suggested search terms for a variety of queries.
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When you sit down at your computer and do a Google search, you're almost instantly presented with a list of results from all over the web. How does Google find web pages matching your query, and determine the order of search results? In the simplest terms, you could think of searching the web as looking in a very large book with an impressive index telling you exactly where everything is located.