Google is showing more information about restaurants. Matt McGee, in Google Showing Restaurant Menus In Card-Style Search Result (Search Engine Land), reported that Google sometimes shows a card with the menu on a restaurant search. May depend on whether restaurant is in AllMenus. So – didn’t show on my search for a local Toronto restaurant, but I did discover that Google has Knowledge Graph items for restaurants. Very helpful.
Have seen everything now – a personality test of six questions that matches personality to a search engine. There are six possibilities: Yahoo, Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing, Ask (which I don’t consider a search engine), and Dogpile (which I haven’t used for years because of all the pay-per-click results).
Which Search Engine Are You?, Chris Velta, LunaMetrics (Feb 10)
Would be interesting to find out qualities attributed to each search engine.
Eighteen percent of pins on Pinterest are about recipes. Now you can search them using filters.
Courtesy Of Punchfork Acquisition, Pinterest Launches A Recipe Search Engine, Tech Crunch (Jan 21)
Also note – Pinterest Adds Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Paleo Filters For Recipe Related Searches, Search Engine Land (Jan 21)
Get nutrition information on fruits, vegetable, meats and other things from Google’s Knowledge Graphs. Watch for it.
Google Search Rolling Out Nutrition Information On More Than 1,000 Foods by Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (May 30)
Android smartphone users aren’t the only ones who can have fun using Google’s voice powered search. People at desktops who get tired of typing can speak to Google web search or Google map search IF they are using Chrome and Google.com or the US Google maps. This neat trick does not work for Google.ca.
Must enunciate very clearly but not too slowly. Google will offer query suggestions – pick the one that corresponds to your intention and click on enter.
Rick Broida describes voice search in PCWorld (Feb 1) How to get Google Voice Search on your PC
As the Internet World turns.
Microsoft is moving all Messenger(instant messaging) users to Skype. Makes sense since Microsoft owns both and they do largely the same thing in providing chat in text, audio, and video forms. Microsoft to kill the Messenger on March 15 (CNet, Jan 9)
Linked In has 200 million users from 200 countries and territories who collectively work in 19 languages. The LinkedIn Blog post, 200 Million Members! , has an infographic for the numbers and relates some of the success stories of its members.
Bulletin to all scrabble players, the most frequently used letters are ETAOIN SRHLDCU. Peter Norvig at Google analyzed Google Books Ngrams data on the number of times each word is mentioned in books Google has digitized to figure out word counts, word lengths, frequent use. Norvig presents all the data in his article, English Letter Frequency Counts: Mayzner Revisited or ETAOIN SRHLDCU.
How do you think Google and Facebook make money? Survey shows that Americans are Confused – (Marketing Land, Jan 9) Harris Interactive ran a study for The Search Agency to find out what people know. I’m not surprised that only 54% of Facebook users said they thought they knew. I’m disappointed that the study didn’t probe to find out in what ways users think Facebook makes money. People knew more about search engines – with 75% pointing to advertising. But results also suggest high distrust – “more than one-third of American online adults believe that search engines sell users’ personal data to marketers; 29% believe that companies pay annual dues for use; and 20% believe that users pay for premium search features.” (from press release)
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.
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.
Done with humour and some insight, this map of the internet is most engaging. Look for Facebook, and the “desert of credible resources”.
. Sasha Anferov, a high school student in Seattle, created this for his school newspaper and posted to his blog, Make Work Draw Play.
History buffs and students – depending on subject interest – will be pleased with Google’s Cultural Institute, a digital archive that is visually rich with photographs, historical documents, and videos.It began with 42 collections, and is partnering with museums and cultural organizations for more.
A time line on the front page scans from 1905 to the present. Many of the topics relate to the Second World War and aftermath or to South Africa – Nelson Mandela.
A fuller view of content may be obtained from the Explore option where projects are listed. Among these are:
- Art project – collections, galleries and artists around the world. Art Gallery of Ontario has some artworks on display. Browse the Art Project by museum or artist. People with a touch screen will have an advantage. Unfortunately, notes on individual artworks are scant.
- World Wonders has segments on regions, nature, archaeology, architecture – more.- shown through photographs, videos (of mixed quality ), and Google Earth 3D views.
- Dead Sea Scrolls was a partnered project with the Israel Museum through which five scrolls were put online. In the last week, another 5,000 images of scroll fragments of biblical sections have been released. Details were well covered in the press: Dead Sea Scrolls online library launched by Google and Israel (Dec 18 – MSNBC) and Google puts Dead Sea Scrolls sacred text online (PCWorld). Access the site directly at the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.
The Cultural Institute opened in October 2012 and was described in this CNet article – Google Cultural Institute brings dozens of new exhibits online (October 10)