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.”
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