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.”
Google shows a new “instant answer” box for translating passages. Enter translate as a keyword – followed by what to what – example: translate french to english. Google displays a box for entering (or speaking) the text. Can also hear the translation.
Google Translate as an instant answer box
New Google Translation Tools: Edit Text, Change Language & Hear Translation Directly Within Search, Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jul 16)
Pinterest users in the United States can be guided by Pinterest to special interests within a category – such as Outdoors page might suggest Hiking. I don’t see this in Toronto – not rolled out yet.
Pinterest Makes It Easier to Find What Just What You’re Looking For, by Kurt Wagner, Make Use Of (Mashable)
Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to. For example, you can follow interests like hiking, camping or running under the broader “outdoors” category. Following an interest means those pins will now appear in your feed, saving you the hassle of searching for them.
Talk about an answer machine! Google now gives how-to instructions.
Google’s Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jun 24)
Google.com – instructions on how to make french toast
But you have to use Google.com.
Thanks to TechGlimpse for this cheatsheet to little known things that DuckDuckGo can figure out. I like the conversion of Roman numerals, and also “display color codes.”
It’s been ages since I used web search history at Google. Either I don’t sign into my account, or can’t find the the right button. Web search history, I have re-discovered, is an option on the search results page, under the cog icon in a dropdown menu.
Google Operating System reports that there is no easy way to navigate back to a particular date and offers a hack for changing the url. Go Back to a Specific Date in Google Web History (June 2) You’d have to want to do that pretty badly.
However, I see that there is a calendar that can be adjusted to month and day – just have to be patient in pressing the arrows to go back several months..
Google Calendar in Web Search History
Windows 8 users – there are some good search features awaiting you.
How To Search Better & Faster On Windows 8 by Justin Dennis, Make Use Of (April 22)
A new search engine has stepped into the breach to help us find sites similar to one we know of. Similiarsite check is reviewed in Beyond Search.
A Search Engine for Similar Web Sites by Whitney Grace, Beyond Search (April 2)
The analysis seems to take time. If I get results, I’ll add a comment to this posting.
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)
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 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.