How Old is Google? Answer: 9 years (10 on September 7, 2008)
In September of 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, CA. http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/history.html#1995)
More About Google
“Google” is a play on the word “googol” which is the mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeros and “…reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web.”
A Unique Company Worldwide, Google employed 10,000 full-time employees as of now Informal: Lava lamps, door on sawhorses as desks, exercise balls for chairs, and dogs roaming The interface is clear and simple. Placement in search results is never sold to anyone. Google founders Sergey Brin Larry Page Source: http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/tenthings.html
Advertising on the site must offer relevant content and not be a distraction.
Why do we love Google? Size and scope : Now indexing over 20 billion web pages (conservative estimate). Relevance of Results : PageRank Diversity of Search: Image, News, Book Search, Scholar, Blog Search, Finance, Froogle, Video . . . and much, much more.
Other Tools : Google Maps, Picasa, Blogger, Gmail, Calendar, Docs & Spreadsheets . . .
We may love Google, but few users know how to use full search capabilities.
Effective Googling How does Google interpret basic search? Google places “AND” operator between all search terms entered in basic search box. Automatically searches for some plural/singular and grammatical variants. Google searches : news AND reader OR readers
Does not search as exact phrase unless quotes present!
Need Exact Phrase? Use quotation marks! “infosys billion dollar”
Expand Search With Synonym? Use a “tilde” e.g.: “~infosys” finds IT companies similar to Infosys
Search by filetype (pdf, ppt, xls, doc) e.g.: “.Net Framework” filetype:ppt
Negative Search Terms e.g.: “nano –car” will return the results with word ‘nano’ but not Tata Nano car
Limit your search results to a particular web site e.g.: “sparsh site:infosys.com” will get the pages from infosys.com where the word ‘sparsh’ is referred `
Search for sites that link to a particular website: e.g.: “link:infosys.com”
You’ve found a useful website & want to find other sites like it: e.g.: “related:www.infosys.com”
Google is a Dictionary Find definition of a word or a phrase? e.g.: define: scruples
Google is a Calculator as well
Google is Converter too..! Convert currency, units and a lot more
More Search Operators
Use Specialty Search Functions Google News : news.google.com Google Images : images.google.com Google Blog Search : blogsearch.google.com Google Finance : finance.google.com Google Scholar : scholar.google.com
Google Book Search : books.google.com
Google News Alerts Tracking an event in the news? Create your own Google News alert – it’s free!
Can choose to monitor latest developments on web pages, blogs, Google news, Google discussion group pages, or all of these sources.
Google Scholar Covers : law, medicine, social sciences, arts, humanities, business, & finance. Included items : peer-reviewed papers, theses, book excerpts, abstracts & full-text articles
Sources for items : academic publisher web pages, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, & other scholarly organizations.
Google Book Search Searches full text of indexed books. If work is in public domain, full contents usually available. If not, users can view bibliographic info (author, title, publisher) and perhaps some excerpts.
Library partners: UC, Princeton, Stanford, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Texas, Oxford, UVA, Univ. of Wisconsin, ……
Something exciting at last
local.google.co.in Effective localized search solution
google.co.in/movies Find theatres running your desired movies in your city..wow
google.com/codesearch search public source code
Google hack for finding movies/music (warning: Not to be tried at office but home…!) e.g.: intitle:”index.of”(mp3|mp4|avi|dat|mpeg) mummy
PageRank PageRank explained by Google:
Google interprets a link on page A going to page B as a vote -- by page A, for page B. Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily.