When Google is More Than a Search Engine

Last week, I needed to convert miles to kilometers.  A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to find a sushi restaurant in Alexandria.  In both cases, I turned to Google.

We normally think of Google as a really terrific search engine where you type in a keyword or phrase and get results, but here are my favorite tips for getting the most out of your Google searching:

  • You can use Google as a calculator; simply enter the calculation you’d like done into the search box.  Example:  5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=
  • If you want the status of a flight, enter the airline and flight number.  Example:  American 2182
  • If your caller ID is showing an area code you don’t recognize, just type it into Google. Example:  415
  • Want to know how your favorite stock is doing?  Type the ticker into Google.  Example:  MSFT
  • Come across a word you don’t know? Type define before the word.  Example: define obsequious
  • If you’re mobile and need information, simply text message your search query to 466453 (Google on most devices)
  • Looking for a the closest Chinese restaurant, go to maps.google.com and type the address + Chinese (or pizza or Italian or hardware store).  Example: 1033 N.Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA  22314 pizza

Finally, if you want to know what Google knows about your Web site, try these:

shows indexed pages in your site

shows pages that link to your site’s front page

shows the current cache of your site

shows information Google has about your site

Learn more about how to get the most out of your Google search experience by checking out these helpful guides:

Happy searching!

2 thoughts on “When Google is More Than a Search Engine

  1. I also recently learned about Google’s free 411 phone service. You can dial 1-800-GOOG-411 and request the address and phone number of any business for free! It came in very handy this weekend when I was looking for a restaurant.

  2. Goodness, who can keep up with all of the services provided by Google these days? Thanks for sharing. I wonder if the phone company is feeling threatened by Google’s new 411 service. And to think that Google is providing the service via a toll-free 800 number – wow!

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