Friday, 30 August 2013

Google Is Not Only A Search Engine!

By Walter Vandenhoute

 When you now organize a street interview and ask people "What is Google", I assume more than 90 percent of the people answer that Google is a search engine. Indeed, Google is a search engine and it is probably its core business, but Google is much more!
A short overview of the main services of Google:
++ Category One : Google Web Search Features ++
- Besides the traditional Google search engines in different languages, there is also a local search engine available: Google Local. As Google Local is in beta, only US searches are possible.
Are you living in Detroit and hungry and you want a taco, do a search on and you get a list of all taco restaurants.
- Google Mobile : search with your cell phone online information
- Google Print puts book content right in the Google search results
- Calculator: Type a mathematical expression (e.g. 5+2*3) in the Google search box and you get the result, even with complicated math!
- Definitions: when you search for 'define Personal Computer', you get the definition of that word;
- With Froogle, you can search for products (independent free service) and (Froogle for your cell phone)
- With 'I'm Feeling Lucky™' next to the Google search box you will see directly the first web page for your query. You will not see the other search results at all.
- Movies: To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type 'movies', 'showtimes' or the name of a current film into the Google search box
- With PhoneBook you can search for US business and residence phone numbers in the Google search box, e.g. 'John, Fitzgerald, Washington'
- Q&A answers (all) your questions in the Google search box, e.g. birthplace Bill Clinton
- You can get specialized information in the Google search box of parcels, patents or other specialized numbers.
- Restrict your search to a specific site (Site Search), e.g. 'google site:' for pages with the word 'google'
- Stock Quotes in the Google search box, e.g. GOOG for the Google stock quote
- Weather conditions and a four-day forecast for a particular U.S. location, e.g. 'weather Miami, fl' in the Google Seach box;
- Travel information: To see delays and weather conditions at a particular airport, type the airport's three letter code followed by the word 'airport'; To check the status of a U.S. flight, type the name of the airline followed by the flight number.
- Google Alerts send you an email with the latest search results of your query.
- With Google Catalogs you can search mail-order catalogs online.
- Search for images with Google Image Search
- Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature.
- Google special searches: (U.S. Government),, (BSD), (Apple Macintosh),
- Google University Search enables you to search to a specific school website.
- The Google web directory
++ Category Two : Webmaster Tools ++
- Enter 'link:' in the Google search box will show you all pages that point to;
- Add your URL to Google on;
- Develop your own Google applications with Google Web API's.
- Google Adsense: place relevant ads on your pages and get paid
- With Google AdWords you can create your own ads.
++ Category Three : Stand alone services ++
- With the xml Google Sitemaps, the Google crawler should index faster your website. See also
- Google Blog is the official weblog of the people behind Google:
- Blogger is the free weblog service of Google
- With Google Maps can you search for a specific US location on street level and see a satellite image of that location
- Gmail is Google email with 2GB space
- Google Groups are discussion groups
- Keyhole: nice satellite imagery of our world.
- Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows.
++ Category Four : Google Software
- Gmail Notifier : Check your Gmail messages without opening your
- Google Deskbar lets you search with Google right from your Windows taskbar
- Google Toolbar is the open-source Googlebar for your browser
- Search your own computer with Google Desktop
- Picasa is free software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC:
- Google Video Viewer is needed for Google Video
++ Google Labs ++
Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time -
- Google Personalized Search: Get the search results most relevant to you
- Personalize your Google Homepage with information for you
- Save time online by loading web pages faster with Google Web Accelarator
- My Search History Easily access and manage your Google search history from any computer
- Find a taxi, limousine or shuttle using real time position of vehicles with Google Ride Finder
- As you type your search, Google Suggest offers keyword suggestions in real time
- Google SMS: Get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device and
- Google Sets: Automatically create sets of items from a few examples
++ Various ++
- Google Store: pens, shirts, lava lamps of Google,
Maybe there are a few services we've forgotten as this list is already so extensive.
Last to know the Google quote on Nasdaq (GOOG):
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Walter V. is a self-employed internet entrepreneur and founder-webmaster of several websites, including :: A snappy blog about snappy blue things :: blog | wiki | forum | links - [] :: A snappy moblog community -
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