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Do you know that Google was not Google when it started. It was “googol”.
What is Google?
We use Google almost daily for getting answers of our queries related to any domain or field but do we know what is Google ? Originally known as BackRub, Google is one of the five most popular websites in the world.
Well Everyone knows Google is among the top 5 websites but How it became the top most searched engine. There are various search engines like yahoo , bing etc. Search engine like Google lets you find other sites on the Internet based on keyword searches. Google also provides specialized searches through blogs, catalogs, videos, news items and more.
Very Few knows that Google is not the first name which was given to this search engine . It was “GOOGOL”. The Google know today as the search site was initially a research project developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1996 at Stanford University. Larry and Sergey decided that the name of their search engine needs to be change from Googol and decide upon Google. They later registered the google.com domain on September 15, 1997 and incorporated the name on September 4, 1998.
How Google Works?
Google uses automated programs called spiders or crawlers, just like most search engines. Also like other search engines, Google has a large index of keywords and where those words can be found. What sets Google apart is how it ranks search results, which in turn determines the order Google displays results on its search engine results page (SERP). Google uses a trademarked algorithm called PageRank, which assigns each Web page a relevancy score.
Google Search Tips:
1) Explicit Phrase
Let’s say you’re looking for content about software programming. Instead of just typing software programming 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 Search: “software programming”
2) Exclude Words
Let’s say you want to search for content about software programming, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term basic. To do this, simply use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
Example Search: software programming -basic
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 Search: “software programming” site:www.quikrpost.com
4) Similar Words and Synonyms
Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but also want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.
Example Search: “software programming” ~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 inbound marketing.
Example Search: “software programming” filetype:ppt
6) This OR That:
By default, when you conduct a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you’re 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 Search: software programming OR coding
7) Phone Listing
Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number, and you don’t know who it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.
Example Search: 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 Search: 716
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. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices, or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.
Example Search: president 822..847
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 thumbnail chart for the stock.
Example Search: GOOG
The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression into Google.
Search Example: 784585 * 4.78
12) Word Definitions
If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.
Search Example: define:variables
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