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“10 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Google”

Boston University prof Michael Feldman offers up 10 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Google. After #1 (some numbers, stats) follow 9 types of things Google can do besides just keyword web searches (<tiphat>tip of the blog hat to Scripting News</tiphat>).

Nothing was tremendous news to this dog, but it is a helpful reminder to others that Goolge offers country specific searches, language translations, math, phone books (Prof Mike forgot the map functions), numerical conversions, and more.

This page might have gone one step further by actually providing the links that perform the Google query. For example, #5:

Do you know Google can help you find vital supplies like Pizza and Taxis?

Try searching for taxi 02215.’ÄÝ Or pizza 02215.’ÄÝ Or your own zip code.’ÄÝ

Experiment and see if you can find other key words.

Those could have easily been hyperlinked:

gets you Prof Miike’s nearest pie joint, Xpress Pizza, (617) 247-8800, 466 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

In fact there is a wholy un-exploited world out there of Google-links that can be shared among colleagues, students, etc– conduct any Google search to provide some meaningful results, copy the URL, remove the un-necessary cruft, and you have a a handy, dynamic web reference link you can share.

I’ve had this idea for some time but need to write it up more completely. For example, a biology teacher wanting to provide animation examples of cell mitosis could simply provide a link to:

useful in email, from a web page, anywhere someone can click.

Here are some more examples of “google links”:

Find all sites with information on the Inverse Square Law in Chemistry but not in Physics


Find all sites with information on the Inverse Square Law in Physics but not in Chemistry:

But now I am way off track.

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