Google Instant Translate

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

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 navigation

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.

Viewing Google Web Search History

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

Google Calendar in Web Search History

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.