Google Is Not Only A Search Engine!

When you now organize a street interview and ask people “What is Google”, I assume more than 90 percent of the people answer that Google is a search engine. Indeed, Google is a search engine and it is probably its core business, but Google is much more!

A short overview of the main services of Google:

++ Category One : Google Web Search Features ++

– Besides the traditional Google search engines in different languages, there is also a local search engine available: Google Local. As Google Local is in beta, only US searches are possible.
Are you living in Detroit and hungry and you want a taco, do a search on http://local.google.com and you get a list of all taco restaurants.

– Google Mobile : search with your cell phone online information

http://mobile.google.com

– Google Print puts book content right in the Google search results

http://print.google.com

– Calculator: Type a mathematical expression (e.g. 5+2*3) in the Google search box and you get the result, even with complicated math!

– Definitions: when you search for ‘define Personal Computer’, you get the definition of that word;

– With Froogle, you can search for products (independent free service)
http://froogle.google.com and http://labs.google.com/frooglewml.html (Froogle for your cell phone)

– With ‘I’m Feeling Lucky™’ next to the Google search box you will see directly the first web page for your query. You will not see the other search results at all.

– Movies: To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type ‘movies’, ‘showtimes’ or the name of a current film into the Google search box

– With PhoneBook you can search for US business and residence phone numbers in the Google search box, e.g. ‘John, Fitzgerald, Washington’

– Q&A answers (all) your questions in the Google search box, e.g. birthplace Bill Clinton

– You can get specialized information in the Google search box of parcels, patents or other specialized numbers.

– Restrict your search to a specific site (Site Search), e.g. ‘google site: http://www.wallies.info’ for wallies.info pages with the word ‘google’

– Stock Quotes in the Google search box, e.g. GOOG for the Google stock quote

– Weather conditions and a four-day forecast for a particular U.S. location, e.g. ‘weather Miami, fl’ in the Google Seach box;

– Travel information: To see delays and weather conditions at a particular airport, type the airport’s three letter code followed by the word ‘airport’; To check the status of a U.S. flight, type the name of the airline followed by the flight number.

– Google Alerts send you an email with the latest search results of your query.

http://www.google.com/alerts

– With Google Catalogs you can search mail-order catalogs online.

http://catalogs.google.com

– Search for images with Google Image Search

http://images.google.com

– Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature.

http://scholar.google.com

– Google special searches: http://www.google.com/unclesam (U.S. Government), http://www.google.com/linux, http://www.google.com/bsd (BSD), http://www.google.com/mac.html (Apple Macintosh), http://www.google.com/microsoft.html

– Google University Search enables you to search to a specific school website.

http://www.google.com/options/universities.html

– The Google web directory

http://directory.google.com/

++ Category Two : Webmaster Tools ++

– Enter ‘link: http://www.wallies.info’ in the Google search box will show you all pages that point to wallies.info;

– Add your URL to Google on http://www.google.com/addurl;

– Develop your own Google applications with Google Web API’s.

http://www.google.com/apis/

– Google Adsense: place relevant ads on your pages and get paid

https://www.google.com/adsense/

– With Google AdWords you can create your own ads.

https://adwords.google.com

++ Category Three : Stand alone services ++

– With the xml Google Sitemaps, https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ the Google crawler should index faster your website. See also http://www.wallies.info/blog/item/132/index.html.

– Google Blog is the official weblog of the people behind Google:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com

– Blogger is the free weblog service of Google

http://www.blogger.com

– With Google Maps can you search for a specific US location on street level and see a satellite image of that location
[http://maps.google.com/!]

– Gmail is Google email with 2GB space

http://www.gmail.com

– Google Groups are discussion groups

http://groups-beta.google.com/

– Keyhole: nice satellite imagery of our world.

http://www.keyhole.com

– Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows.

http://video.google.com/

++ Category Four : Google Software

– Gmail Notifier : Check your Gmail messages without opening your
browser.

http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper/index?promo=gdl-en

– Google Deskbar lets you search with Google right from your Windows taskbar

http://toolbar.google.com/deskbar/

– Google Toolbar is the open-source Googlebar for your browser

http://toolbar.google.com/googlebar.html

– Search your own computer with Google Desktop

http://desktop.google.com/?promo=gdl-gds-en

– Picasa is free software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC: http://www.picasa.com

– Google Video Viewer is needed for Google Video
[http://video.google.com/video_download.html]

++ Google Labs ++

Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren’t quite ready for prime time – http://labs.google.com/

– Google Personalized Search: Get the search results most relevant to you

http://www.google.com/psearch

– Personalize your Google Homepage with information for you

http://www.google.com/ig

– Save time online by loading web pages faster with Google Web Accelarator

http://webaccelerator.google.com/

– My Search History Easily access and manage your Google search history from any computer

http://www.google.com/searchhistory/

– Find a taxi, limousine or shuttle using real time position of vehicles with Google Ride Finder
[http://labs.google.com/ridefinder]

– As you type your search, Google Suggest offers keyword suggestions in real time

http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en

– Google SMS: Get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device
http://sms.google.com/ and http://www.google.co.uk/sms/

– Google Sets: Automatically create sets of items from a few examples

http://labs.google.com/sets

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6 Features To Look For When Choosing An Image Hosting Service

If you’re looking for a good free image hosting website, we suggest that you make the choice based on a number of factors. In this article, we have considered some primary factors that you must consider when looking for the best platform to meet your image-hosting needs. Read on to find out more.

1. Speed

First of all, if you host your images on a third-party platform, you will be able to make sure that your images will be accessed at a high speed across the world. If your images don’t load faster due to heavy load on the servers your website is hosted on, you may miss out on a lot of traffic.

Therefore, we suggest that you consider the speed of the image hosting websites before making this choice. This is essential when the size of your images is small. As a matter of fact, small images should not take more than a couple of seconds to load.

2. Hosting Alternates

Since the visitors of your website come from across the world, you have to make sure that all of them can access your files without any trouble. With a hosting alternate, you can make sure that none of your files have been deleted.

3. Reliability

If you don’t use a third-party image hosting website, you may have to face a lot of issues from time to time. If your web server experiences problems due to the software or hardware, your visitors will have a lot of trouble.

On the other hand, if you go for an alternative, you will have peace of mind that your photos are hosted on a reliable server that will be always online. This will increase your viewership and reputation on the internet. Your images are hosted across a number of servers in the world. So, there is no question of losing your important data.

4. Scalability

These days, most businesses face two primary issues as their business grows with the passage of time. As your business expands, you will get a lot of traffic on your website. Therefore, you have to spend a lot more money to purchase expensive hardware to cover your business needs.

This may not be feasible for you, especially if you don’t have a big budget to spend. So, we suggest that you don’t purchase your own hardware and hire the services of an image hosting service provider. They charge a couple of dollars per month and host all of your images. Some of the services are free of charge.

5. Security

Image hosting websites are known for taking care of highly sensitive and confidential data. Therefore, you can enjoy top-notch security against online threats. It is essential to keep in mind that these security measures are essential for any image hosting website.

So, you may want to consider the security aspect when making the choice for the first time. Ignoring this aspect is not a good idea.

6. User experience

An online image-hosting website can help your website minimize the bandwidth and provide a great user experience. So, your website can enjoy a higher rank and reputation, which is important if you want to stay ahead of the competition. After all, you cannot enjoy success if you don’t depend on your image hosting website.

Long story short, we suggest that you look for these primary features when choosing an image hosting website to cover your personal or business needs.

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