Who knew there were so many versions of Google Maps? There is the full version (has photo tours), and lite, what your browser gives you, and the classic.
Get Google Maps Lite, 3D Or Classic With These URLs, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable (Mar 7)
Can explore your interests more easily at Pinterest with the new Interests tool. Makes discovery search at Pinterest much easier.
Pinterest launches Interests, a tool to let users explore topics and find pins they like, The Next Web (Jan 27)
Facebook is rolling out a new version of its news feed for desktop users – said to be more functional than flashy. Really?
Facebook goes back to basics for new-new News Feed, Jennifer Van Grove, CNet (Mar 6)
Facebook’s News Feed redesign is for real this time, Caitlin McGarry, TechHive / PC World (Marh 6)
“The main content of your News Feed, like friends’ updates and photos, stands out on a white background while the navigation tools and trending topics clumped around the main bar are on grey. “
Turns out that, “When it tried to roll out a new look last year, Facebook found that people didn’t want Facebook to change much.” Gee – would be nice if Google realized this too.
Google is constantly experimenting and not everything sticks. Last Januaryl, Barry Schwartz had screenshots of Google’s new prowess at answering questions – even to go so far as do what Ask could years ago – explain why the sky is blue. I can’t get Google to answer any of my questions – could be my location (Toronto), or Google has retracted them Nonetheless, they may turn up again.
Google Search OneBox Answers Are Getting More Detailed, by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jan 28, 2014)
DMR – Digital Marketing Ramblings – is loaded with statistics and infographics about nearly every aspect of the Internet – social media, internet usage, browsers, Google, Microsoft, Apple. Get insider tips and learn about gadgets. Lots here to entertain and inform people interested in digital marketing, trends and technology
There are some features in the Chrome browser you’ll want to know about.
Google Chrome’s top 10 hidden features by Daniel Johnson, The Telegraph
“From the iPad interface to quick calculations, Daniel Johnson brings you 10 of Google Chrome’s best hidden features.”
Especially note incognito mode:
if you are concerned about privacy and the amount of information collected by Google when you are browsing, incognito mode stops Chrome from storing information about the websites you have visited. It still has your bookmarks but the sites you visit will not be stored in your browser history.
Use CTRL-Shift-N to open an incognito window.
Bev Butula at Wisconsin Law Journal wrote about five specialty search engines as alternatives to Google: Science.gov for science questions, Mednar.com – medical, FreeLunch.com – economic and financial, Bankrate.com – financial, and MagPortal for business (and other) magazine articles.
BEV BUTULA: In search of the best search Wisconsin Law Journals (Feb 12, 2014)
It’s been some time since I looked at MagPortal – good breakdown of subject areas but doesn’t seem to have many magazines. More for browsing than searching.
Deep Web Technologies blogged about the article because two on that list are theirs (Science.gov and Mednar.com) – In search of the best search
It named three others that we should add to our lists.
- Environar.com – Energy and the Environment.
- National Library of Energy – the DOE’s National Resource for Energy Literacy, Innovation and Security.
- Biznar.com – “a federated search portal that aggregates social networks, financial sources, government sources, and news for business researchers”
Google is making its news archive very hard to find, but at least it now publishes a list of the newspapers it has pieces of.
Google Redesigns News Archive, Makes Searching Through Newspapers Easy, LifeHacker (Feb 20)
See the list of newspapers at http://news.google.com/newspapers
CNet tested browsers for the iPhone – and, I presume, findings will be true for the iPad.
Safari vs. Chrome vs. Opera: Which is the fastest iOS browser?, Sharnon Vatkin, CNet (Mar 4)
Video is fun to watch, so I won’t feel bad telling you that Chrome is the fastest!
Karen Blakeman asks Is Bing dropping search terms? (Mar 1), and it likely is. Gone are the days when we could count on search engines searching for ALL our terms. Too often our search terms are nowhere to be seen – even on large results sets.
Karen gives two ways to force Bing to include all terms. Interestingly, use the Boolean AND, or the prefix inbody:xxx
At Google we need to use Verbatim search, or intext:xxx. Don’t know about AND.