Google Operating System describes the New Interface for Google Cache (June 19).
Cache holds the page as Google indexed it. Viewing it can often help when a link goes dead or there are very recent changes. Click on the down arrow beside the link in the search result and select “Cached”.
Google lets you switch between:
* the “full version”, which is displayed by default
* the “text-only version”, which doesn’t load images, scripts and other resources
* the page source – a new feature that shows the source code of the HTML page.
Nice description and endorsement in The Scout Report (Vol 21 No 15) of Xmarks for managing and syncing your bookmarks.
Often considered the number one bookmarks add-on on the market, Xmarks is built to be compatible with Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The program can be downloaded in seconds. From there readers may begin backing up and synchronizing bookmarks in an intuitive and friendly template. In addition, Xmarks will sync bookmarks across computers, and, if desired, across different web browsers. While Xmarks is free for personal computer use, a premium version ($1 per month) is necessary for readers who want to sync with their iPhones, Blackberries, and Androids. Xmarks is the most popular bookmark sync add-on for a reason: it’s easy to use and convenient. [CNH]
DuckDuckGo has a newsletter – part of the blog where they announce the new and brilliant features.
DuckDuckGo Adds Instant Answers For Nearby Parking, Online Courses & UV Index Risks, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (April 7)
One new feature is to find nearby parking to a place. Much to my amazement it had an answer for Roy Thomson Hall Toronto – though only one, not close, and very expensive – but it’s a start.
Will find online courses too – just enter topic + online course; eg., happiness online courses – there are many.
Watch for it – Google is showing more dates with search results – especially those handy Answer Boxes.
Google Begins Including Dates on Answer Boxes in Search Results to Show Timeliness, Jennifer Slegg, The SEM Post (April 6)
Some answer boxes are now displaying the date the content was published at the end of the content in the answer box to show how timely the information presented is. Especially on topics that are constantly changing, this means that a searcher can perhaps get a better idea of how accurate the information is based upon the date it was published
Hola – a great Chrome or Firefox browser extension for accessing web sites that would otherwise be blocked based on your IP number. A WebSearchGuide reader sent me this tip. Hola makes it possible to access Google.com from outside the United States and view anonymously (ie privately) the search results complete with in-depth articles – a feature still not rolled out to the rest of the world. Canadians will also appreciate that it makes it possible to receive music played from US-based services.
From the FAQ:
Hola’s goal is to make the Internet faster and fully accessible to everyone. Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, more open and more anonymous. Hola lets you have unlimited access to information that is otherwise not available in your geography while protecting your online privacy. It also lets you stream videos faster than ever before. Hola is a collaborative Internet — it works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all.
Worth taking some time to try out.
Google Operating System has reported a Google Reading Level Bug (Feb 18). Reading level is a hard-to-find and therefore easy-to-forget search feature on web searches. Find it by picking Search Tools > All Results > Reading level. When it works it helps you zero in on content that is “advanced” or scholarly, vs basic / elementary or intermediate.
Google is still identifying the advanced items but isn’t capturing them in the graph.
Next time you search Google watch the suggested searches that pop up – especially those for the first letter you enter. Host Advice has analyzed the autocompletes and created an alphabet according to Google. The letter A, as an example, is surely going to show Amazon first – likely worldwide; and there is a pretty good chance that E will be eBay.
The Phonetic Alphabet according to Google – 2015 by Eliran Ouzan, Host Advice (Jan 25)
There will be some variations depending on where you live. In Toronto, C is for Canadian Tire. These auto completes are influenced by current local search activity – how else would J be for Jian Ghomeshi? ut this will pass, and J might change to Joe Fresh, at least in Canada. Anyway – fun to watch.
Google has added translation for languages from Africa, India, South East Asia, and Central Asia.
10 new languages in Google Translate (Chichewa, Malagasy, Sesotho, Malayalam, Burmese, Sinhalese, Sundanese, Kazakh, Tajik, Uzbek), Dan Russell, Search Research, Dec 12.
Anyone doing intensive research online can be more productive with these tools for managing references.
Make Research Easier With These Five Tools by Brandi Scardilli, Information Today (Oct 7)
Several popular tools provide platforms that store articles, features that generate bibliographies, and functionality that encourages collaboration on projects.
Review the features and functionality of Endnote, ProQuest Flow, and Mendeley.
Google features come and go – almost always without explanation.
Jon Wiley, a search designer at Google, spoke briefly about this – mostly it is to avoid bloatware. Removing features, he said, “is one of the toughest but most important parts of designing products – deciding what to trim as you move forward”
Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed, Search Engine Land (Jul 28)
And – Google may have added a new timeline to the Knowledge Graph.
Google Testing Timeline View In Knowledge Graph, Search Engine Land (Jul 28)
“Google is testing a new knowledge graph interface for showing a timeline of data, facts and knowledge in the top carousel section of the Google search results.”