Allan Tanner . . . from Wichita! (albeit the library and not the Y): ‘Just type in a U.S. telephone number (area code first, no punctuation needed), and if it’s a listed phone number Google will give you the name and address, as well as both Yahoo! and MapQuest maps. MapQuest also has a link to an aerial photo of the address.’

Paul Lerman: ‘Google has a shopping bot cleverly called Froogle – it’s pretty good and very quick. (Generally works best, I find, if you select ‘all categories’.)’

Inadvertently Anonymous: ‘Beginning a search with the word site followed by a colon enables you to restrict your search to a specific site. For example, to find admission information on the Stanford University site, you would enter: admissions site:stanford.edu.’

John Firestone: ‘One of my favorite tools is using Google to find the lyrics to virtually any song. Enter the name of the song and the word lyrics.’

Mike Hanlon: ‘You might enjoy this column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. It was headlined ‘Is Google God?’ – and he makes a pretty good case for it!’

Mike Wilson: ‘There’s also the popular free Google Alert tracking service. It automatically runs your daily google searches for you and sends an email whenever new results apppear. Great way to follow any topic on the Web.’

Jon Corbett [re my assertion that it’s been 63 billion seconds since Jesus was born]: ‘Although the current year is 2003 C.E., the currently accepted year of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is 4 or 5 B.C.E. This is quite an interesting subject to Google on actually.’

Bill Spencer: ‘If you want to know and do even more with Google, get this book: Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. You don’t have to be a programmer to appreciate the tricks explained in this book. It’s a great aid to the online researcher or the casual user.’

☞ And/or get this simpler, cheaper one. And/or read this review (thanks, George Hamlett) and perhaps save having to buy either. You will learn about Google’s handy OR, NEAR, * and ~ search terms.

Jim Dienes: ‘Google is indeed a great piece of work. However, I also keep Alltheweb.com on my favorites list just below it. Alltheweb searches about 1.5 billion more pages so it can sometimes find obscure things that Google does not.’

 

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