Note: This is part 4 of the Googfu: Tips and Hacks to Search Efficiently. Here are links to part 1, 2 and 3. This post is going to use the word “Google” loads of times. Know that when I say Google, I am talking Search part of Google. Not the whole tech conglomerate that it’s become today, okay?
Google is one powerful tool, one that’s not being used with the potential it could be. Fact is not many people know of many tips and tricks that you may utilize to search efficiently and accurately. That’s why this series. So far we have discussed more than 30 tips and tricks and have still been learning about many others. This post presents 8 more tips to search effiiciently. Hope you like them!
#39 Compare nutritional facts b/w two items
Google’s official mission is to “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful“, right? Major part of that seems getting rid of the need for users to choose between many links, for an answer. It’s unefficient to have 10 links than to have direct answer to your question, right? That’s where Google Knowledge Graph comes in. It is a system that intends to organize useful and common knowledge/information in a well-organized manner.
Google Knowledge Graph can be seen in action if you try searching any of following queries:
- bill gates
- hewlett packard
- amazon river
- al pacino
- tom cruise
- periodic table
By now, you would have understood: these queries result in a direct answer, related objects and a little summary of what searched “object” is.
Coming back to the topic, if you try searching, “egg” you will see a table to right-side, listing nutritional facts about the searched object. Not only that, if you want to compare, “egg vs milk“, Google will compare the two objects, their calories, carbs, proteins, fats and many other things.
#40 Movies playing in a region
This goes for movies buffs, who’re predominantly obsessed about movies, cinemas and their favorite actors. If you’re a regular movie guy, you may want to try Google to find out what movie is playing in a region. Google “movies new york“, you will be seeing the list of movies currently playing in theaters in New York. If you want more fun, well, Google Movies is for you. Just set a location/region and you will also find the timetable right there.
#41 Do a barrel roll
This is more of a funny little tip. What happens with it? Why don’t you search “do a barrel roll” in Google and find out yourself?
#42 Convert a currency
Google is also a currency converter if you need it to. Try searching USD to INR or convert any currency to any other, it will display you with the rate. Not only that, you can tell Google “convert 286 dollars to inr“, there you go with the result. So useful for economics’ analysts, right?
#43 Google “I’m feeling curious”
This one is pretty fresh off Google tips and tricks list. Try searching “i’m feeling curious” or “fun facts” and Google will serve you up with random trivial Questions and Answers. Any and random questions like Is a Cashew a nut or seed?, Is popcorn maize?, Who was the first woman to graduate from college? and What exactly is evaporated milk? Truly a great time-waster(maybe saver), no? Feeling a bit free? You can just make Google waste you some time. Here’s what it looks like:
Clicking “Try another question” button will change the question/answer. Neat, right?
#44 Google for Shopaholics
Feel like shopping? Google at you services! Search any tech accessory like “beats by dr. dre” and click on Shopping tab as illustrated below. A shopping-integrated interface of Search will appear. From the left side, you can configure/filter the type of items displayed to you. In what range you want your item to be? From $100 to 1000? Do you want item to be from eBay? Amazon? Best Buy? Wallmart?
#45 Translate “hello” in French
Many people know Google Translate service, but I bet not many know Translate is integrated in Google’s search? RIGHT! You can translate any piece of string from Search directly! From English to French or vice versa. Or from French to Portuguese. What “hello in french“? Translate from over 200 languages to other 200 languages!
#46 Convert KGs to Pounds, so so
Just like currency converter, there are converters like KGs to Pounds, feet to meter, kilometer to mile, ferhenheit to celcius and many others! All you need is either search in this syntax “[unit] to [unit]“. For example, kg to pounds, mile to km, meter to feet, etc.
I hope you like the tips and tricks. 🙂