Using site: – excellent tip from D Russell

The command site: can be used at nearly any search engine – and certainly Google, Bing, Duckduckgo, and Blekko – to search all the pages the search engine has indexed from that domain: eg., site:utoronto.ca marshall mcluhan looks for marshall on all pages in the University of Toronto domain. This is one of the best advanced search methods to know.

Daniel Russell give us another application – use site:maps.google.com to find maps and commentaries other people have posted about places. Brilliant. Watch his 1 Minute Morceau video to see what this is all about.

My example is a web search for site:maps.google.com manitoulin trails.

Site search at Google on Google Maps for Manitoulin trails

You will likely see some kml files – kml is a file format used to display geographic data in Google Earth and Google Maps. You must view it in Google maps – and Google gives you a handy link to do so.

You might also find custom Google maps that people have created about an area with comments and photos.

Either way you could find some real treasures that would not normally appear in Google web search results.

Tablet Search with IZIK

If I had a tablet I would try the new search interface from Blekko called Izik (pronounced Eye-zik).

Press release said this,

“Because of the limitations on typing on a tablet, combined with the search-and-explore mentality of tablet searchers, tablet queries tend to be short and the paradigm of 10 blue links as search results doesn’t make sense on these devices,” said Rich Skrenta, CEO of blekko.  “With izik, we can use our state of the art technology to dynamically create context for any query in the results themselves, and use a tablet-friendly design to surface them in a fun and easily-digestible manner.“

Watch the demo – http://vimeo.com/56728379

Greg Sterling provides specifications and screenshots in Blekko Launches New Tablet Search Engine “Izik”,  Search Engine Land (Jan 4).

Google+ Whether You Like It Or Not

As Amir Efrati says – There’s No Avoiding Google+ (Online WSJ, Jan 2).  If you create any kind of Google account (GMail, YouTube, even Zagat restaurant reviews.), you get (are forced to have) a Google+ public page.

Here’s the reason:

Because using Google+ requires people to sign in to their Google accounts, Google will be able to blend mounds of data about individual users’ search habits and the websites they visit with their activities on Google+. That is a potential boon to Google’s ad business, from which the company derives about 95% of its more than $40 billion in annual revenue, excluding its new Motorola phone-making unit.

The more you say about yourself, and share, and click on a +1 button, the better Google can target ads. Of course, Facebook does the same.