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Post by groundsquirrel » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:50 am

Alrighty then, here is that special place I promised where we can discuss the great emotional rollercoaster known as internet searching. Of course we can all sit here and snicker when we browse the boards and see the good old "I cant find whatever", followed by the equally ubiquitus "here it is, found it in five seconds you fuzzy eared slacker" or (the Surclaro battle hymn) "why dont you do a search for it first and come ask us when you have put forth some effort and could not resolve your issue". Well I am here to tell you, there are some of us out there that shouldnt be trusted with anything more than a toaster with the instructions chained to it. Now I know how annoying it is to be both the loser and losee, so take heart. In this thread you have automatic absolution. In this thread we take being intelligent seriously and will swiftly punish those trying to use two brain cells at the same time. This thread will make it possible to finally be stupid and be proud. I cannot begin to describe the warmth that frustrating others with my stupidity has given me. The time for silence is over, stupid people of the world unite and throw off the shackles of ignorance. Search, and be stupid no more. Amen.
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Post by rd » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:50 am

"POP"....is all I want to hear, when they discover the utilities of the "search engine"

If you want to know how to find something, then follow these simple 12 steps.

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert

1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

Example: “internet marketing”

2. Exclude Words: Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the “-“ sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: internet marketing -advertising

3. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.

Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com

4. Similar Words and Synonyms: Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.

Example: “internet marketing” ~professional

5. Specific Document Types: If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”. For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.

Example: “internet marketing” filetype:ppt

6. This OR That: By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).

Example: internet marketing OR advertising

7. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.

Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).

8. Area Code Lookup: If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

Example: 617

9. Numeric Ranges: This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

Example: president 1940..1950

10. Stock (Ticker Symbol): Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.

Example: GOOG

11. Calculator: The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.

Example: 48512 * 1.02

12. Word Definitions: If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.

Example: define:plethora

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Post by groundsquirrel » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:46 am

So, when is a search not a search at all? When you use FireFox, that's when. I have found that there is a plethora of sites with what one could call "common sense" names. Try just placing your keyword in the navigator window and let the 'Fox autocomplete the url. You could be surprised with jumping straight to an essential site in your quest for info.
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