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Old 21st December 2012, 05:55 AM   #1
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how difficult is it to find anything you actually want on google

Just typed this into Google search engine

how difficult is it to find anything you actually want on google

Got this

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=wh...w=1101&bih=608
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Old 21st December 2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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Well, I think you misspelt "Britain" in your search. I'd suggest tying together terms in a logical fashion with quotes, such as "Britain coastline" "10,000 years", in example. Try alternate variants, such as "Britain topology" "Ten thousand years".

Just a few quick examples.
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Old 21st December 2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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Ah clipboard had not cleared it was meant to be this:



http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&tbo=d...w=1101&bih=608
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Old 21st December 2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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This thread is now the top hit. What's the point of this? Are you trying to break the internet?
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Old 21st December 2012, 09:18 AM   #5
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Where is Google?
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Old 21st December 2012, 09:21 AM   #6
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Old 21st December 2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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That request should probably just take you straight to the porn.
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Old 21st December 2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by boooeee View Post
This thread is now the top hit. What's the point of this? Are you trying to break the internet?
It's reminicent of what happens when you do a Google search on "recursion".
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Old 21st December 2012, 05:48 PM   #9
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Actually using Google well is a skill.
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Old 21st December 2012, 05:55 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
Actually using Google well is a skill.
which, ironically, is the only hit on Google for that phrase...
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Old 22nd December 2012, 12:26 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Kid Eager View Post
which, ironically, is the only hit on Google for that phrase...
Only if you put it in quotes. Otherwise the first hit is this http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/...ed-to-succeed/ . One of the skills it lists is
"5. Using Google proficiently for online research."
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Old 22nd December 2012, 02:02 AM   #12
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Other things to try typing in to google:

answer to life, the universe and everything

once in a blue moon

And, for those for whom plain old English google isn't good enough, you can have the interface in many different languages, including Klingon, Elmer Fudd, Pirate, 1337, Pig Latin, and Swedish Chef.

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Old 22nd December 2012, 02:03 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
Only if you put it in quotes.

If you don't put it in quotes, the search will also find pages that say "Actually using Google well is not a skill" (if there are any).
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Old 22nd December 2012, 02:07 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
Other things to try typing in to google:

answer to life, the universe and everything

once in a blue moon

Or how about "Kumar is idiot"?
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Old 22nd December 2012, 10:02 AM   #15
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I give Google a lot of points. Over the past few years, I have noticed that the sophistication of their algorithms has pretty much caught up with my sophistication as a user. For example, when I type...

Who was that guy who shot all those people from a tower in Texas?

...the first hit is the WP article on Charles Whitman. Good to go.
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Old 22nd December 2012, 06:50 PM   #16
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Google-Fu is a skill.

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Old 22nd December 2012, 07:49 PM   #17
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Wait, what's Google? Is it anything like Alta Vista? - Resident of Pawnee, IN
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Old 23rd December 2012, 01:40 AM   #18
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Before Google (from 95 to 97 or so) the best search engine was WebCrawler.com

It was awesome, it was Google before Google was.

After Google destroyed and outpaced them they because a meta-search engine like Dogpile.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebCrawler
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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:22 AM   #19
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I recall Copernic when it first appeared that was amazing
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Old 23rd December 2012, 06:20 AM   #20
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Wait, what's Google? Is it anything like Alta Vista? - Resident of Pawnee, IN
It's similar to Ask Jeeves.
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Old 27th December 2012, 07:45 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Mister Earl View Post
Well, I think you misspelt "Britain" in your search. I'd suggest tying together terms in a logical fashion with quotes, such as "Britain coastline" "10,000 years", in example. Try alternate variants, such as "Britain topology" "Ten thousand years".

Just a few quick examples.
One of my favorite google operators is '~', which searches for 'likes'. For example, '~reptile' will return hits for words like Chameleon, snake, lizard, etc.
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Old 27th December 2012, 01:27 PM   #22
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Google is intensely annoying these days. The number of ads or people trying to sell me something if I want a review of a consumer item makes searching for a review a trial.

As for search engines, I have been using them for over thirty years now. I developed my search skills looking up IBM bugs in the problem database.
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I used to be partial to using Archie, but I have to admit Google is just a bit better.
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Very difficult if you look for genealogical information without the ancestry site popping up.
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Old 27th December 2012, 09:06 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Dcdrac View Post
Just typed this into Google search engine

how difficult is it to find anything you actually want on google

Got this
Originally Posted by Dcdrac View Post
I think the problem here is that you're assuming the information you want is actually available on the Internet. There's actually a lot of really good information out there, that isn't on the Internet.

For the stuff that is on the Internet, I've found that Google is really good at finding it.
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Very difficult if you look for genealogical information without the ancestry site popping up.

You can narrow down the search using the minus sign. Don't want results from a specific website showing up?

SEARCH TERMS -"websitename"

Make sure there is no space between the minus sign and the " .
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Originally Posted by Fishstick View Post
One of my favorite google operators is '~', which searches for 'likes'. For example, '~reptile' will return hits for words like Chameleon, snake, lizard, etc.
It does this automatically these days, which is annoying. If you want to search for, say, the film "priest" without also getting results for the words "preacher", "vicar", "minister", "evangelist", "rabbi", etc. you have to put the word you're actually searching for in quotation marks.
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
Only if you put it in quotes. Otherwise the first hit is this http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/...ed-to-succeed/ . One of the skills it lists is
"5. Using Google proficiently for online research."
They really should have a tutorial that help folk who are actually interested in finding what they are looking for. A poster here showed me how to use the Julian dates to narrow a search for news articles and it took a lot of playing around for me to find a useful way to look up the Google archived pages. It seems to me that the modern version of Google is less user friendly than a few years ago.
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They really should have a tutorial that help folk who are actually interested in finding what they are looking for. A poster here showed me how to use the Julian dates to narrow a search for news articles and it took a lot of playing around for me to find a useful way to look up the Google archived pages. It seems to me that the modern version of Google is less user friendly than a few years ago.
With almost any subject that interests me here, others find links I miss.

At first I was embarrassed. Now I leverage it by teeing up subjects and waiting to see what the more skilled google researchers will find.
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