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.
Bing has a full function calculator! But you’d have to know how to use it.
Bing Quietly Adds A Scientific Full Size Calculator, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Mar 3)
Really – there is an extension for the Firefox browser that lets you search Google anonymously – even if you are signed into your Google account. It’s called Searchonymous: it blocks cookies.
Searchonymous Searches Google Anonymously While Signed In, Mihir Paktar, Lifehacker (Feb 15)
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
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.
Bookmarklet that will search Google, Wikipedia, Google News, and Wiktionary. Idea is good – though I’d like other choices.
Web App Searchlet Lets You Perform Multiple Searches Without Opening A Gazillion Tabs, TechCrunch (Dec 31)
Get it at http://www.searchlet.io/
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.
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.
Mozilla has a short and very useful tutorial on using the Bookmarks toolbar for keeping frequently used bookmarks. Using this toolbar will save you time. Just add to it the sites you use most – and never hunt through bookmarks again or use up time at a search engine trying to recover the url.
Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar
Bookmarks Toolbar – Display your favorite websites at the top of the Firefox window, Mozilla (Sept) – includes a video on the how-to.
Google’s Custom Search has added a new feature to help in defining the search rules. Custom Search – or CSE – is the capability to create your own topical search engine – use it for your own research or add it to your website for others.
Suggested Sites for CSE at Google Custom Search Blog (Sept 12)
This feature recommends more url patterns relevant to the ones you already have in your search engine. We also provide a set of sample pages for each of the recommended patterns.
The dictionary “define” at Google has more to offer. Quickly get definitions by using define
Google displays the definition from dictionary when available – and a new downward chevron will bring up more esoteric information about the word. If the word is not in the dictionary, Google picks up definitions from the web.
See Daniel Russell’s posting – New Dictionary Service (Aug 23).