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:

site:www.matrixgroup.net
shows indexed pages in your site

link:www.matrixgroup.net
shows pages that link to your site’s front page

cache:www.matrixgroup.net
shows the current cache of your site

info:www.matrixgroup.net
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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