Now, what can you do with Google these days?
Want to know about the features available in a Google search? Some of the different Google tools and services available like Google Catalogs and Google Local? How about a whole (unofficial) Google blog? It's all out there, and more.
Here's an interesting one I just learned about: Goggle Suggest. I would have expected "http://suggest.google.com," and maybe it'll be there eventually, but right now it must still be too experimental. In any event, Suggest does keyword completion while you type. Type in "bobby " and a dropdown list appears with suggestions like "bobby darin," "bobby brown," and "bobby jones." Type in "bobby woo" and forth in the list is "bobby woolf." And Suggest says "bobby woolf" has 127,000 results! The search claims "about 322,000" results! Those can't all be about me, can they? Also, Suggest lists this developerWorks blog forth, whereas the standard Google Search (i.e. http://www.google.com/search?q=bobby+woolf) lists the blog second. Do the two tools use different searches?
The easiest place to find articles on breaking news is Google News. Google is also taking on MapQuest with Google Maps. Google Scholar specifically searches for scholarly literature. For example, http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=ValueModel finds my 1994 paper "Understanding and using the ValueModel framework in VisualWorks Smalltalk," which has been sited six times (apparently the record amongst papers on ValueModels). I'm a scholar!
Google Print may well digitize the world's libraries, similar to Amazon's effort to create a digital archive of books. Digitizing Initiatives summarizes what's going on with all this.
Amazon, not to be left out, is jumping into the game too. A9.com is Amazon's search engine. A9 includes a Yellow Pages feature that includes pictures of business locations. For example, the search invoked by the URL http://a9.com/books?a=oyp shows bookstores in Seattle, Washington in case you don't want to order from Amazon. (Interesting, the A9 Advanced Search page looks a lot like Google's. Seems like if Goggle had patented advanced search the way Amazon patented one-click shopping, Amazon would be in trouble.)
I think this also shows a difference of approaches. Google has explicitly separate tools, each with their own subdomain URL, whereas Amazon's features are embedded and not separately addressable. Seems like Google's tools will be more reusable (which is probably what both companies have in mind).
For more reading:
- Google Reveals Its Product Formula (eWeek)
- Google finds its map service (CNET)
- Amazon Unveils Its Search Engine (PC World)
- Microsoft kicks off search effort (CNET)
- Yahoo unveils test toolbar for Firefox (CNET)
- Amazon Elbows Into Online Yellow Pages (Business Week)
- Amazon search pictures your destination (CNET)
- Why use A9.com (A9)
- Yellow Pages on A9.com: Here's how we did it (A9)
Feb 14, 2005
Turns out there's also Google Labs, where Google showcases its ideas that aren't ready for prime time.