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 and you get a list of all taco restaurants.

– Google Mobile : search with your cell phone online information

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

– 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) and (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:’ for 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.

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

– Search for images with Google Image Search

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

– Google special searches: (U.S. Government),, (BSD), (Apple Macintosh),

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

– The Google web directory

++ Category Two : Webmaster Tools ++

– Enter ‘link:’ in the Google search box will show you all pages that point to;

– Add your URL to Google on;

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

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

– With Google AdWords you can create your own ads.

++ Category Three : Stand alone services ++

– With the xml Google Sitemaps, the Google crawler should index faster your website. See also

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

– Blogger is the free weblog service of Google

– With Google Maps can you search for a specific US location on street level and see a satellite image of that location

– Gmail is Google email with 2GB space

– Google Groups are discussion groups

– Keyhole: nice satellite imagery of our world.

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

++ Category Four : Google Software

– Gmail Notifier : Check your Gmail messages without opening your

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

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

– Search your own computer with Google Desktop

– Picasa is free software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC:

– Google Video Viewer is needed for Google Video

++ Google Labs ++

Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren’t quite ready for prime time –

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

– Personalize your Google Homepage with information for you

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

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

– Find a taxi, limousine or shuttle using real time position of vehicles with Google Ride Finder

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

– Google SMS: Get precise answers to specialized queries from your mobile phone or device and

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

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