« Wi-Fi on campus | Main | Typepad courseware »

July 30, 2004

Google Missing Manual

BN -- Every week I discover a time-saving technique using Google. I just thumbed through a book that will add another 30 timesavers to my skillset. This week, I was interested in songs by Irish artists that dealt with "home." Google allows you to do a phrase search even if you don't have an idea of what the complete phrase looks like. Wildcard search allows one to use an asterisk for any word that's missing. Google will fill it in automatically. This technique is very useful if you're on a radio quiz show trying to find lyrics for the last word of a verse.

Once you discover a few shortcuts with Google, you treat the search engine as your friend. I use shortcuts for dialing area codes in the States, ISBN numbers, UPC numbers, flight numbers, Fedex/UPS/USPS tracking numbers as well as vehicle ID numbers.

Two of Google's less frequently used services, Groups and Answers, reveal many time-saving tactics. Few know that Google runs a paid service that can help you if you're just stuck with no results. Moreover, once the answer is posted and someone has paid for it, Google allows all the visitors to browse it for free, and some advice, for example, in small business section, can save a trip to the lawyer or paid consultant. The book takes the reader through the process of setting up an Answers account (which is actually the same account as the one for Groups) and asking informative questions requiring additional research.

Sarah Milstein and Rael Dornfest have written an easy-reading book. They include buckets of screenshots. Each chapter is clearly market. They really tame Google for the uninitiated.

I think the book is essential reading for our first year multimedia degree students so I'm integrating it to the curriculum. It's one of those purchases that will hold good residual resale value. It's priced for students (€20) and it will make novices into experts able to offer important clues that answer questions beginning with "Where do I find...?"


Sarah Milstein and Rael Dornfest -- "Google: The Missing Manual" ISBN 0596006136
Alex Moskalyuk -- "Google: The Missing Manual"
x_ref119

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451945169e200d8353be3b969e2

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Google Missing Manual:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Essential Educasting Topics

  • #blogging Ryan Tubridy
  • #ictedu
  • #travel on the M8
  • #measureit
  • #retro
  • #NYC Manhattanhenge
  • #language Shola
  • EoghanJennings
  • Recorded at ICT in Education Conference
  • #purposed
  • #egfdell video
  • #journal
  • #resources Free apps like @evernote
  • #ictedu Biros and Webcams
  • @Documentally @MyDolans
  • #event George Lee Opens Pop-Up Bank
  • #news
  • Anti-terrorist Tags
  • #trend Mifi
  • #queensvisit
  • Rock of Cashel
  • #analytics Matt Cutts
  • Road Closed for #QueensVisit
  • #mash2011

My Other Accounts

Delicious Facebook Flickr Google Plus Last.fm LinkedIn Other... Skype Twitter Twitter Yahoo!

Edtech News, Audio and Video

Blog powered by TypePad.
Educasting since 2006. View My Stats.