Interesting Google tools links

– https://trends.google.com/trends/  ; Find out the search trends on the search engine

– https://www.google.com/maps/timeline ; See all the places you have visited that last couple of years  (creepy stuff)

– https://myactivity.google.com  ; See wich sites I have visited….and when

– https://adssettings.google.com/ ; See what topics I am interested in…

 

This is all data that Google collected on you….

Google tips and tricks

There are many articles on the internet describing how google works, this is just a memo with a couple tips and tricks for using the google search engine…

  • In the search section typ the words that you expect to find in your result, so don’t focus on the question but on the answer
  • Having that in mind: all words you type can be found in scrambled oreder, if you want the words to be found in a specific order use the signs, for example: “Google tips and tricks”
  • If you want your search to be focussed on the question, try using semantical search engines like: http://www.ask.com or http://www.hakia.com
  • allintitle: you can use this if you want to find the words in the name of the title, for example: allintitle:”Google tips and tricks” Vugrinec
  • inurl: you can use this if you want to find the words in the url, for example: inurl:data links, this is potentially very powerfull as you can guess folder structures of sites… try in your search for example: inurl:intranet (often a site publishes private stuff in a folder named intranet)
  • site: you can use this if you want your search to be performed within a specific site or url, for example: alsb site:datalinks.nl
  • filetype: if you want your search to be in a specific file format, for example: filetype:pdf will give you only pdf files as a result
  • You can use this sign – to exclude words in your search results, for example: “become a patient person” -chris will give you article with the words “become a patient person” but the article will not contain the word chris
  • * You can use the * sign as a regular expression in your search if you are not sure what the actual word in your search should be… for example: “Google *  * tricks” , you can also use this sign as a regular expression for domains, for example: “Google tips and tricks” site:datalinks.*
  • … You can use this to indicate ranges, for example: houses 50000…150000 will give you documents with houses with numbers mentioned in it between 50000 and 150000
  • Sometimes you are bound to a country due to google intelligentia (geotargeting)…as in the netherlands we go automatically to http://www.google.nl, if you want to go international try: http://www.google.com/ncr (no country region)
  • tool: http://toolbar.google.com will give you the page ranking of a site (how google ranks your page, based on age/ relevance and how many related sites are linking to your article)
  • tool: http://www.thumbshots.org/Products/Thumbshots/Ranking.aspx (compare search engines)
  • tool: http://www.dogpile.com (meta crawler, searches multiple search engines)
  • tool: http://www.google.com/insights gives you insights in your search on a regional level
  • tool: http://news.google.com gives you news articles… for news items older then a year try: http://news.google.com/archive
  • tool: http://translate.google.com google translation services
  • other searchengines: http://www.exalead.com/search
  • fun: try: inurl:view index.shtml (this will give you sites that have their webcam on…(could be) fun)