Google’s Hidden Gems
Google may have only been around for 10 years, but in that time it has gone from being merely a company name to being the universal word we use to describe the action of conducting an on line search.
In my radio segment on 6PR this week (listen to it here) I discussed some of the lesser known, but still very useful Google tools and applications that have helped it become a household name.
Google news reader –totally personalised news, blogs and information – you choose what you want to read about.
Google alerts –email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Google trends – Reflects what keywords people are searching for on a daily basis.
Google energy saving calculator – calculate how much energy you’re currently using
Google scholar – Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles
Google knol - aims to include user-written articles on a range of topics to provide first point of reference knowledge – similar to Wikipedia
Google ride finder – search for taxis, limousines and shuttles and make better decisions by seeing the exact location of vehicles in your area (still only American based).
Google transit Get step-by-step transit directions. Find transit stops in your area. View station information and schedules (still only American based).