Its all about Google

Posted: November 24, 2008 in Under the hood
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Google, Google everywhere. You are here, you are there
I need you everywhere.
  When I am stuck, you are luck,
  When I am down, you are clown,
  When I say no, You say yes
  You undo any mess.
Google, Google everywhere. You are here, you are there
I need you everywhere.

Well, I hope all of you coincide with my above lines. Google has always been a savior for us. Always been a great search engine, but it’s also more than that.

Yes right we all know Google as a search engine. But do we really know that this humble search engine has tons of hidden features, some of which are quite fun and most of which are extremely useful— if you know about them!! Right, you need to know to use.

So, here is my small effort in helping all you understanding this Big G. Read on to learn more. Here I present a multi part series about Google and its features and hope you all find it useful. Please put on your comments on how you like/dislike this article.

1) Google Is a Calculator: Yes Google is a high tech online calculator. All you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the standard Google search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page, Simple right.You can use the standard algebraic operators to construct your calculations +, -, x, and / for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, accordingly. For example, to add 2 plus 3, enter 2 + 3 and press Enter. To divide 10 by 2, enter 10 / 2, and so on. No no that not all, it can also perform more advanced calculations, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions, and logarithmic functions.

2) Google Knows Mathematical Constants: In addition to performing calculations, Google also knows a variety of mathematical and scientific constants, such as pi. For example, if you’re not sure what the value of pi is, just enter pi into the Search box and press Enter; Google returns 3.14159265. In addition, Google also knows the radius of the Earth, the mass of the sun, the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and a lot more. Enter speed of light, and Google returns 299,792,458 m/s. Astounding.

3) Google Converts Units of Measure: Google also handles conversions. Yes this is one area most of us get confuesd in childhood. Like miles and meters, litre to mililitre, seconds, hours, days, fortnights. Huh,, I am jealoused. The key to using the Google calculator as a converter is to express your query using the proper syntax. For example, to find out how many feet equal a meter, enter the query 1 meter in feet. Want to convert 100 U.S. dollars into Euros? Then enter 100 usd in euros.

4) Google Is a Dictionary: So you came across a new word. Yes remember good old school days and my Dad used to say keep the dictionory always with you. But dictionory carrying can be really comboursome in this high tech world. So what to do: Dial Google. Want to look up the definition of a particular word, Not sure of a specific spelling use Google as an online dictionary to look up any word you can think of. All you have to do is enter the keywords what is in your query, followed by the word in question. All you have to do is enter the keywords what is in your query, followed by the word in question. Like: to look up the definition of the word “hallucination” enter what is hallucination. Google returns a standard search results page with definition section at the top of the page. This section includes a short definition of the word and two useful links.

5) Google Is a Glossary: Even definitions are available when you use the Google Glossary feature. So, for example, if you want to define the word “hallucination,” enter the query define:hallucination. Google displays a special definitions page. In addtition to this you can also define a phrase. use the define: operator but put the phrase in quotation marks. For example, to define the phrase “peer to peer“, enter the query define:”peer to peer”.

6) Google Lists All the Facts: Google always returns a list of sites that match your specific query. Fact-based information, such as birthdates, birthplaces, population, and so on.

a) To find when President Mahatma Gandhi was born birthday Mahatma Gandhi. (ofcourse it doesnt know my Birthday 😦 ,  kidding)
b) To find the population of India, enter population  India.
c) To find who is the president of India, enter President India

This is the First in two part series of “Its all about Google“. Visit for the second part soon. Your comments are most valued, please take some time.

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