By the way, David won an Emmy for a story about Google. How did Google come to be? Two guys from Stanford - came up with the idea of a search engine that searches how many other pages link to your page, rather than just look for the words you are searching for. They got to be rich and powerful through the ads. The ads are labeled sponsored links ~until that time, other search engines buried the ads in search results.
Google means 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The word 'google' itself is a misspelling, cause the two guys did not know how to spell it!
Other Tips from David:
- "I'm feeling lucky" means just take me to the top search result - it will go right to the website.
- Word order counts in composing a search...most important words should be first. Don't bother putting in little words.
- Maximum number of words in a search is 10. Plurals matter.
- You can type two dots to look for a range like miami 1985..2000.
- If your result is a picture or a movie, it will show right in the result.
- For some organizations, they give you a table of contents in the results. This is relatively new.
- For some big sites, you even get a search box within (like the ny times).
- The greatest google trick of all: every website such as Amazon, YouTube, etc. all have their own search boxes, but the google search box is better than theirs. For example, google is a better searcher of ebay than ebay is itself. You are better off putting the name of the site and the item that you are looking for and then click "I'm feeling lucky" it will take you right to the site. (e.g. amazon eat love pray)--click feeling lucky. You will go directly to the book on their website without any intermediate steps.
- Asterisk is the wildcard - great for song lyrics that you can't understand (excuse me while I kiss the *)
Encyclopedia of life
- The ''ooos" in Google at the bottom of the page over the page numbers are also pages to click on.
- Doing a search for "showtimes and your zipcode" will give you a table of every movie playing in your areas with reviews by peopole.
- You can type define: and a word and it will show you dictionary definition.
- You can also type math calculations into the google search box; it is also a calculator.
- Also a converter: inches in a mile.
- Also currency converter = type in dollars in a euro. Weather plus city takes you to weather right there.
- You can type in a barcode number and then look it up!
- Can also type in a flight like 'united 22' and will give you the status of the flight.
- Can type in a VIN number and find out the history of the car.
- In preferences you can turn off porn filtering.
- In google language translator you can type in the whole website address and it will translate the whole page.
- iGoogle was created in someone's 20% time.
- phonebook:name place - get someones phone number.
- google maps for directions shows you traffic too and you can drag the route to another road; instantly recalculates directions. shows construction and accidents. Click on cameras next to directions to see street view. you can pan around too.