Who Created Google?

March 21, 2009 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: Google 

Ever wonder who the brilliant makers are of GOOGLE search engine?

Everything started with a simple chilling in the dorm room at Stanford University. Larry Page and Sergey Brin,  who invented the search engine Google, may have not realized how their idea would be a great success. These guys have come up with an easy-to-use free website service which is widely used by millions of users (if not billions).

Meet Google…
The website name originated from the mathematical term “Googol” that means 1 followed by a hundred zeros. For Page and Brim the name connotes to a wide variety of information which becomes available to the user after one search entry. I need not tell you the state of those who own this search engine. The website speaks for itself.

Below is a video of Larry and Sergey talking about their Machine.

Below is where they talk about the Project Virgle, a Google’s April Fools prank in 2008.

Google Image Labeler, a Fun Game to Help Google

December 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Image Search 

Some bored ‘2nd life’ citizens (online fanatics) have found themselves a refuge in Google Image Labeler. This is a feature that allows internet users to label the photos they see in image search results. This helps Google to sort out those millions of photos in their index.

Labeling images can be done by anyone. Interested individuals can just start labeling either as a guest or with a specific nickname. There’s a twist though, labeling the photos is done with someone else as if it is a game. Google has come up with a mechanism making it more interesting and interactive.

google image labeler

The twist…
You’ll be randomly paired with someone else who’s active online wanting to use the same feature. Both of you will be given two minutes and you’ll do the same thing at the same time.

The first thing you’ll have to do with your partner is to view a set of images. You’ll have to label the photos you will see. As both of you describe the images with similar descriptions, you’ll receive points. You can describe as many images as you can in the given time of two minutes.

A lot of websites offer features that allow the online community to be involved. It’s amazing how most of them gather overwhelming responses when all these people participate into is simply the interest of improving the quality of Google image search.

So what?
Oh well, I have tried describing sites in various site directories and my interest lasted short, really short. I found reading blogs and commenting on them more interesting. It caught my attention better as it was interactive getting replies for the comments I’ve posted. Some more websites offered similar features which didn’t get into me at all. So what if they allow people to be part of their content development.

But for Google Image Labeler, it was a different case. The idea of having to describe with someone else online at the same time was a bit catchy or maybe I was too bored at that time. The more interactive it sounded, the more I got interested.

Sometimes labeling can serve as a form of competition not necessarily among pairs but within the pairs. Yes, it can happen by comparing how many descriptions you can give. But as a pair, your goal is to have similar descriptions so as to earn more points.

How to Exclude a Site on Google Search

December 19, 2008 by · Comments Off
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Not all search results in Google Search are directly relevant to the desired search. For example, you want to search other websites about Gfanatic. Results from www.gfanatic.com would turn out useless because you already know about Gfanatic from this site.

Another possible reason why people prefer to exclude some sites from their search is to lessen the commercial aspect of the search results. Commercialized websites usually show up the first granted its relevance to the keyword. But it doesn’t necessarily contain relevant information.

Now for those of you who have been researching on how to exclude sites from your Google search, here’s how. After typing in the keyword/s enclosed with quotation marks, simply type the hyphen or minus sign followed by the word ‘site’ then a colon and then the website url.

Syntax: <”keyword/s”>-site:<URL of the site you want to exclude search results from>

Example: “Gfanatic”-site:http://gfanatic.com

Don’t forget the hyphen or the minus sign. Remember it signifies to cancel out. If you don’t include the hyphen or the minus sign, it will search the keyword on that specific site.

Examples:

To Exclude a Site
“Google Earth”-site:http://gfanatic.com

To Search in a Particular Site (no hyphen / minus sign)
“Google Earth” site:http://gfanatic.com

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Google Language Translator

December 4, 2008 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: Translate, Translator 

Hola! Google tiene una gran característica.

In English, it means “Hello! Google has a great feature.”

No, I don’t speak Spanish at all. This translation was made possible by Google Translate. An online tool wherein one just has to input word/s for translation, this one is a state-of-the-art technology that company has come up with.

An in-house thing…

Google developed this translation software that uses a statistical translation system. It applies a translation model that is founded with billions of monolingual and aligned texts. It does not guarantee perfect translation but can be considered to ‘close to being perfect’ since the texts consist of human translation examples between the languages.

Various languages are covered. Even Arabic translator, Google has it. This great tool can translate to about 40 languages for now. Expect to be thrilled with more languages in the future.

Some of the languages include Bulgarian, Chinese both simplified and traditional, Danish, Filipino, Greek, Korean, Turkish, Thai, Hungarian, Estonian, Albanian, Maltese, and Galician and many others.

If you are excited to use this tool visit http://www.google.com/language_tools or http://translate.google.com/translate_t# .

Use Google Translate in Your Language

If you want to translate Finnish,  translate Romanian, or translate Dannish. The links you should go to are:

Finnish: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=fi#

Romanian: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=ro#

Dannish: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=da#

For other languages get the links at:  Google Translator in Different Language Interfaces

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