CeePrompt! Computer Connection
Originally published July 30, 2001
Google shifts into high gear
an article some months ago, I mentioned a search engine, Google
that was relatively new on the Internet scene.
Since that time, Google has assumed a ubiquitous presence on the
World Wide Web and now seems to be popping up everywhere.
name Google is derived from the math term "googol", which is the
number 1 followed by 100 zeros. This term "reflects the company's
mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the
web." Google currently performs 100 million searches daily of its
more than 1.3 billion indexed web pages. The easy-to-use interface and
advanced search technology yields results four times faster than other
popular is Google that it earned a Webby Award for Best Practices at the
5th Annual Webby Awards held in San Francisco last week. The Best
Practices Award honors the website that receives the highest rating in six
areas: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality,
interactivity, and overall experience.
notice Google's logo on many familiar, established websites such as
Netscape and Yahoo! These companies have partnered with Google to power
the search engines on their own websites. Google has also assumed control
of one of the oldest entities on the Internet, Usenet.
short for User Network, started in 1980, ten years before the World Wide
Web was even a glimmer. It was simply a text-based forum where people
could post and read articles on a variety of topics.
Also called newsgroups, Usenet hosted millions of messages ranging
from technical to the bizarre. In February of this year, Google acquired
the entire Usenet archive from Dejanews dating back to 1995 -- over 650
afficianados and newbies alike will enjoy the new look and feel of the
ongoing discussions at groups.google.com/ Unlike the old discussion groups
that you had to first subscribe to, you can now search Usenet for a topic,
read the threads and then subscribe later if you so desire. Like other
areas of the Internet, there are some obscene newsgroups, but many more
useful discussion areas. I've found help on everything from Word macros to
device driver error messages.
when MSN Messenger service was down for over one week, I searched in vain
through the official Microsoft channels seeking an explanation or even
acknowledgment of the outage. None to be found. A quick search on Usenet
listed some 7,000 messages from others experiencing similar troubles.
Later Microsoft acknowledged a bad disk controller caused the problem, but
was remiss in explaining why it took eight days to restore the service.
There were plenty of opinions, however, flowing through the Usenet
the Google Advanced Search Options, you can now look for specific images
on the Web. Previously, when looking for pictures, you searched on the
subject matter and found an accompanying image only if you were lucky.
Now, you can search for images only. My search for "asparagus"
yielded 2,100 images in .17 seconds. I even found my own picture indexed
among Google's database of 150 million images.
Google has other highlights including language translation for non-English pages, and features to locate directions, maps, individuals and businesses. To add the power of Google's search capabilities to your searches, go to Google and download their free toolbar. The toolbar will enable you to enhance your web searches from any web page on the Internet.
Cathi Schuler owns a computer literacy training/consulting company, Cee Prompt! She is a co-author of computer textbooks and can be reached by e-mail at cschuleruop.edu or cschulerceeprompt.com or by mail c/o The Record, P.O. Box 900, Stockton, CA 95201. She is on the Internet at: http://www.ceeprompt.com. Click here for past archived columns.
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