Tweak your Google searches

Google has been my number one resource for information ever since Altavista decided to change their search service to allinone web portal. Here are few of my favourite tweaks I use to get more out from Google Search.

Define: gives you description of word or phrase. I.e. define:Finland or define:semantic.

Intitle: at the beginning of a query word or phrase (intitle:”Jukka-Pekka Keisala”) restricts your search results to just the titles of Web pages.

Intext: does the opposite of intitle:, searching only the body text, ignoring titles, links, and so forth.

Link: lets you see which pages are linking to your Web page or to another page you’re interested in. For example, try typing in link:http://www.jpkeisala.com.

Site: which restricts results to top-level domains with intitle: to find certain types of pages. For example, get scholarly pages about Mark Twain by searching for intitle:”Mark Twain”site:edu.

Daterange: (start date?end date). You can restrict your searches to pages that were indexed within a certain time period.

Google has a fairly complete list of its syntax elements at www.google.com/help/operators.html.

Other intresting google tools like Google Alert (www.googlealert.com) monitors your search terms and e-mails you information about new additions to Google’s Web index. Intresting but I dont really use email anymore since spam has taken over pretty much my mail. But more intresting is Google on the telephone? Yup. Check out Google Voice Search

You can get a complete list of Google’s tools and services at www.google.com/options/index.html.