Best Google search tips (Ignite Presentation)


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Tips and hints to get the most out of searching using Google. A five-minute presentation in the Ignite speed-share format. Hints include using the URL bar to search, limiting your search to a particular website or domain, as well as tricks to find similar websites once you've found what you're looking for.

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  • Hush-Hush Hints for Successful Searching, by @DarrenWhitelaw • Ignite Presentation • 6 May 2010 Refer last slide for licensing and re-use conditions. Image CC-BY-SA by http:// / available at
  • * Visualisation of the internet * 150 billion pages 1.7 billion users around the globe (25% penetration rate) 380% annual growth Source: http:// /
  • Image CC-BY-NC-ND by http:// available at More than 1 billion searches are made every day on Google. That’s around 10,000 per second. Google is available in 125 different languages, as well as: Pirate: http:// =xx-pirate Elmer Fudd: Klingon: http:// =xx- klingon
  • What would you say if I said you could get an extra 12 days back in your life each year by using Google more efficiently?
  • A view through the 20-X power telescopic gunsight mounted atop an M-91 .308 caliber sniper rifle of a target. The range to the target is 300 yards (or around one quarter of a kilometre). View taken at the Naval Activities Guam shooting range. Image by Heather S Gordon, Creative Commons (Public Domain) licence.
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  • There are 22 other types of searching beyond just looking for text on web pages
  • Best Google search tips (Ignite Presentation)

    1. 1. @DarrenWhitelaw • Ignite Presentation • 6 May 2010 justice. Unless indicated otherwise, content in this presentation is licensed by @ darrenwhitelaw :
    2. 2. People really like the internet. Image by The Opte Project
    3. 4. <ul><li>Being more productive makes heaps of sense… </li></ul><ul><li>5 searches every hour </li></ul><ul><li>Avg 45 secs ea = 225 secs / 60 = 3.75min </li></ul><ul><li>Total time on Google each week = </li></ul><ul><li>7.6 x 3.75 x 5 / 60 = 2.375 hrs = </li></ul><ul><li>In a year = 2. 375 x 48 / 7.6 = 15 days </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting wasted time by 80%: 15 x 80/100 </li></ul><ul><li>Saving = 12 days a year! </li></ul>12 days extra!
    4. 5. Search directly in the URL area Which search engine is better than internet explorer?
    5. 6. Start with extreme precision photo sniper rifle sharpshooter target army gun long-distance military high-res
    6. 7. Then spread out wider by gradually removing words. sign shotgun holes image bullets shooting damaged farmers country
    7. 8. Wildcards (*) are really useful <ul><li>Truck </li></ul><ul><li>Truck* </li></ul><ul><li>Trucks </li></ul><ul><li>Trucking </li></ul><ul><li>Truckers </li></ul><ul><li>Trucking industry </li></ul><ul><li>Truck enthusiasts </li></ul>
    8. 9. And they can also help fill in the blanks Kevin Rudd was elected in *
    9. 11. site: limits to a website or domain Human rights legislation site:
    10. 12. Use minus (-) to tell it what you don’t want Cheating in sports – ” Tiger Woods” Be picky…
    11. 13. Look for this OR that… “ Human rights” legislation OR laws
    12. 14. When you’ve found something good Use related: to bring similar
    13. 15. Much more than just a search engine
    14. 16. Weather Melbourne
    15. 17. 212 * 1.2 - 212
    16. 18. 220 australian dollars into us dollars
    17. 19. Movies
    18. 20. Finally: Don’t get caught on copyright
    19. 21. OK, so to summarise all that… <ul><li>Type straight in </li></ul><ul><li>Start specific, broaden out </li></ul><ul><li>Use *, OR, - </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to a site: </li></ul><ul><li>related: helps find similar </li></ul><ul><li>Careful with image copyright </li></ul><ul><li>More than just searching </li></ul>
    20. 22. Whew! That’s it… questions?
    21. 23. Re-using this presentation? The fine print… <ul><li>Parts of this presentation not under copyright or licensed to others (as indicated) have been made available under the Creative Commons Licence 2.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Put simply, this means: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you are free to share, copy and distribute this work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>you can remix and adapt this work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under the following conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you must attribute the work to the author: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Darren Whitelaw ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>you must share alike – so if you alter or build upon this work you have to keep these same conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unless stated otherwise, the information in this presentation is the personal view of the author and does not represent official policy or position of his employer </li></ul>