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TECH TIP:  Google Services

 

As you know, Google is the top rated search engine, according to searchenginewatch.com. (http://searchenginewatch.com/links/article.php/2156221 ).  But they do more than just search.  Here are some other things Google does.

 

Google Suggest:  Make your searches more precise and easier by using this website.  As you can begin to type in the term or terms you want to search for, Google Suggest offers you suggestions in real time to help you refine your search.  As Google Suggest offers these suggestions, you will also see how many websites there are that contain those particular terms.  Example:  As I typed in Abraham Lincoln in the search box, I get an ever changing list of suggested topics.  Aha – it’s Abraham Lincoln Quotes that I was looking for.

http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1

 

Google Local:  Do a local search for anything.  Just type in the search word and then type in your location.  I typed “coffee” and “Marshall, MN” (without the quotes) and got all the coffee houses in a 30 mile radius of Marshall,  You can narrow the search down to just Marshall.  Try it here.

http://local.google.com/lochp

 

Google Web Accelerator:  Speed up your browsing with this handy add-on application.  If you have a broadband connection like cable or DSL, this will speed up the downloading of webpages.  (It does not work with dial-up).  Read about Google Accelerator here:  http://webaccelerator.google.com/support.html

 

Google Toolbar:  If you don’t use the Google Toolbar, get it!.  It’s the best 3rd party add-on to Internet Explorer there is.  It has some great features, including blocking pop-ups.  It’s the only toolbar you’ll need and the only one worth downloading and installing.  Get it here.

http://toolbar.google.com/

 

Googlism:  Googlism is a website.  I actually used Googlism to find out about it – here is what it said:   “Googlism is an internet site that uses the Google search engine to gather information about the name.”  So, you can type in a name – or a date, or place, or anything, and Google will search the web and tell you about it.  Try it.  Type in your first name, or your birthdate, or any word you want to find out about.  I typed in Minnesota and found out that Minnesota is home to three nuclear reactors at two sites.  Interesting.

http://www.googlism.com/

 

Soople:  This website from Google is your all-in-one power search site.  You can use these excellent search tools to quickly search for exactly what you want.  For example, you can search a topic, a particular file type, definition, images, news items, and much more.  You can also search for a term only at a particular website.  For example: I searched the marshalladulteducation.org website for the word “update.”  I found 24 pages at the marshalladulteducation.org website that contains that word.  There are many more features at soople.com – check them all out.

http://soople.com/

 

Google Gulp:  Here is the latest product from Google  -  Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE).  This new line of "smart drinks" is designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.  Plus, it’s low in carbs – in 4 delicious flavors!  Go to the link below and read about it – and click on the Frequently Asked Questions on the right side.  (I’ve already increased my cerebral cortex and improved my intelligence by 10 points).

http://www.google.com/googlegulp/

 

More Google Services and features:  Here are a couple website from Google that describes even more Google services and features that are available. 

http://www.google.com/options/

http://www.google.com/help/features.html

 

Happy Searching!

 

 

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