Chrome custom search

Use the Chrome address bar for running specialized searches by setting up own custom search engines. This goes beyond adding a favourite site to search such as IMdb. This article shows how to set up very specific tools such as Google Translate, Yahoo Finance, Facebook search, whois, and many more.

How To Create Custom Search Engines In Google Chrome To Boost Productivity by Mahesh Mohan, Minterest (Nov 7, 2013)

Knowledge Graph through Google Glass

Anyone tried Google Glass – the wearable computer that fits into frames of eye glasses? Wikipedia has this image and definition.

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Now, Google Knowledge Graph cards appear to help in identifying places, buildings, etc.

The Incredible Impact of Knowledge Graph Cards on Google Glass Search Results [Research] by Glenn Gabe, Glass Almanac (Mar 27)

Several screenshots show the types of information cards that can popup when wearing the Google Glass frames for informational and navigational queries.

And there’s one important finding that’s been hard to overlook, pun intended. When performing informational queries, the Knowledge Graph has often taken over the search results on Glass. And when it does, it can take up multiple cards and swipes. And if more and more people begin using wearables that run Android (like Glass, smartwatches, etc.), then the Knowledge Graph is going to be a beast to deal with.

Info junkies will go wild over this. Get more show and tell from Google Glass itself.

Google’s In Depth Articles

Google didn’t drop In Depth articles, it just changed the design so you wouldn’t be able to spot them. This article doesn’t say that exactly but the screenshots of before and after prove it. I should add that in-depth articles rarely (and maybe never) show on searches done in Canada, whether google.ca or google.com.

Google In-Depth Article Testing New Design, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable (Mar 11)

Did discover, though, that the carousel will appear across the top for the search colleges canada.

Site Info at Google

Google added a “site info” feature to search engine results. Dan Russell describes it in this post – “About this site” A new feature on the SERP (Jan 23).

Google - About the site

Google – About the site

On some search results, Google will give the name of the site and an arrow for getting more information about the site. Results with this extra that I checked on a search for stephen harper all came from Wikipedia.

A search on nanotechnology showed some extra bits in the site-info box: owned by, founded, awards (for You Tube).

Knowledge Graph is behind the feature. It shows Google’s huge reliance on Wikipedia, the upkeep for which I hope Google is donating funds.

I’m not enamoured with this feature. I suspect people will not realize it is there, or not find the short description worth their time to read. The page preview that Google used to have was better as a method of vetting the page before clicking through.

Bookmarklets

Bookmarklets serve a similar function in a browser to plugins without the overhead of plugins. Instead of adding an extension to Firefox, Chrome, or IE, just stick the bookmarklet for a task – such as clipping to Evernote or saving a bookmark to Diigo – in your browser’s link bar. Click on it when you need it.

This article by Ted Currant – Replace your Firefox and Chrome Plugins with Bookmarklets for Cross-Platform Productivity (Dec 16). He lists his favourites – Feedly, Evernote – and links to other articles.

MyYahoo

Might this meanthe  personal page is back? Google closed its, MSN has given notice.  But Yahoo does the opposite – it has announced a new MyYahoo!  Mail, weather, pictures, flights etc.  Not evident yet at Yahoo Canada.

Your favorite things in one awesome place, the new My Yahoo,  Yahoo Tumblr (Sept)

The refreshed design gives you a sleek, tailor-made starting page to access your email accounts, calendars, stock portfolio, sports scoreboard, weather, Flickr, and of course your favorite content — from Yahoo and around the Web.