Have you noticed the new look and feel of Google Search? Well, brace yourselves because at Google each day is a continuous process of bringing the best to support the expanding needs of millions of users worldwide. Now, it is easier to access powerful tools for faster and cool searching experience.
So what are these latest updates to Search? Google added a left panel with quick access to relevant options and tools. Let’s face it some of the results are not useful or relevant to what users actually need. But with this update, it narrows the results to contents that are valuable and specific. With just one click to “Images”, you can see all the images related to what you are searching for. You can also click “News” to view relevant contents and reports. Also, you can click the “Everything” option to get back to the best results overall. This is the most essential search experience with different types of results integrated into the main results.
Another cool update to Google Search is its new look. Notice the new color palette, the logo’s location as well as the minimalist vibe of the page? Its simplicity and modern feel is what users are actually looking for.
Well, I hope that the majority of Google fans are happy and satisfied about the new face of Search. I must admit that at first, I was not comfortable with the changes, but as time passes by, I now appreciate the new design and functionality of Google Search. What more can I say…it’s simple yet powerful!
Right now, everyone who doesn’t live under a rock or even if they did, they know what “Google” is. Just a few years ago, it is an unknown name. In fact, when someone heard about it, their first reaction would be “What?”.
Google is mostly associated with its core service, the search engine. Through the years though, the company has developed a variety of products, software, and web applications that boxing it in as a search engine just won’t do anymore.
What does Google mean?
According to the corporate website, their name came from the word “Googol”, the “mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes”.
It is impressive how the company use of the term. It shows their dedication in organizing the countless amounts of data on the internet. It has achieved its mission to organize information and make it accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Their search engine is also available on different domains, in many languages. Which allows them to reach out to a lot of users worldwide.
Other products and services
You can read news headlines, view local maps, look up phonebook listings, check stock quotes, and search billions of images. Even without accessing their homepage, you will be able to access a lot of information through the Google Toolbar. This tool allows you to do a search easily and conveniently online. Even when you need to be away from your computer, the search-giant company offers you wireless platforms that help you search anywhere.
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If you have a Google account and you are logged in while using the Search service, it is most likely that your searches are saved in Google Web History. This is different from what are saved by your browser. Those that are saved in your browser are removed differently, while those on web history are saved and can be removed online..
So, what are saved in your own search history? A lot of your online activity in Google Search and other search related products:
- the keywords you typed, and the date and time you searched them.
- websites you visited, and how often you visit them.
- images you viewed on Image Search
- news articles you viewed through Google News.
- Products you searched and viewed through Google Products
- the Sponsored Links you clicked.
- the videos you watched from the search results.
- the addresses or places you searched in Google Maps
- blogs you visited
- and books you read or acccessed on Book Search
If you think of it, it seems Google knows a lot about your life if ever they access it. Your searches most likely tell what lifestyle you have, your wants in life. You wont search the web of something that doesn’t appeal to you or doesn’t mean to you in any way. Somehow your searches tell about your personality.
If your best friend or special someone also knows the login information of your Google account, then he/she will know any secrets you have, well, if there is. They just login to http://www.google.com/history/. It doesn’t matter if he/she uses a different computer.
Despite the privacy issue it can brought up, ‘Web History’ is helpful especially if there’s a website you visit again but forget what the site was. You can just google your own web history or just scan through your activity in a specific date ( if you remember when you’ve gone to the site). You can also analyze your own web activity. Know what are your top ten queries, sites, and clicks. You will be amazed to find out what they are.
Anyway, if you are concern about your privacy you can delete your Google web history. And when you search again, make sure you are not login to your Google account. You will find that out if you see your email address at the upper right corner of the Google search page. If you do this, what you will just worry about is deleting your search history on your browser.
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- How To Clear Your Web History
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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>
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.
To Exclude a Site
To Search in a Particular Site (no hyphen / minus sign)
“Google Earth” site:http://gfanatic.com
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Your online searches is collected by Google Web History when you enable it, and you stay logged in to your account whenever you do your searches.
It collects not just your keywords and the pages you visited, but also the videos you watched in Google Video, the sponsored links you clicked, the photos you viewed on Image Search results. It records all your activities with Maps, Blog Search, and Book Search.
If at one time you just decided that keeping your search history isn’t a good idea anymore, and it is best to delete all tracks of your past searches then here’s how to do it.
1. Log in to your Account.
2. Click the ‘Edit’ link.
3. On the next page click ‘Delete Web History’.
4. Then it will ask you if you are sure you want to permanently remove Web History from your account. Check the box, if you are sure, and provide your password.
5. Click the ‘Remove Web History’ button.
If you are using Internet Explorer with the latest Google Toolbar.
All you have to do is look for the wrench, which is the toolbar options panel. The wrench is located at the right corner of the google toolbar.
Uncheck the ‘Suggest searches as you type’.
Then click save.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar, these are the steps to disable the feature:
Click the settings button on the right of the toolbar.
Then go to Options.
Click the ‘Search Box Settings’ button, which is on top of all the buttons on the window that will appear.
Uncheck ‘Suggest Popular Searches’ to disable the instant suggestion feature.
You can also uncheck ‘Suggest searches from my search history’ if you really don’t want Google to suggest whenever you type on that search box.
Click the OK buttons.
From Toolbar Firefox Help Center: ( I added this on April 6, 2008)
Please note that Google Suggest is separate from the Toolbar’s drop-down search history feature. If you’d like to clear your search history automatically when you exit Firefox, simply follow the instructions above, and un-check the box next to “Save the search history across browser sessions.”
To entirely disable the Toolbar’s drop-down search history, please visit http://www.google.com/support/firefox/bin/answer.py?answer=45143 for detailed instructions.
If you are using Firefox without the toolbar, you can also disable this feature.
Click the Google button on the left of the search box on Firefox.
Click ‘Manage Search Engines’
Uncheck the ‘Show search suggestions’.
Then click OK.