TechBite: 6 Useful Things You Can Do with Google

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By Steve Bass

You use Google, sure, but if all you’re doing are searches, you’re just scratching the surface. Here are a few things you might not know about Google.

Life Magazine’s Old Photos
You might see it as a time waster, but I love digging through Google’s gazillion historic photos from Life magazine. Google lets you use the photos for personal use, so it’s terrific for grabbing an image when you need something cute in an invitation or newsletter.

Search Me a Special Search
Google has search sites specifically for Linux users, a way to search on specific university, and another for those of you who can’t get enough of Microsoft. Check out the rest of Google’s special search sites. If you like poking around with Web tools, Experimental Search gives you five new ways to search, each aimed at tightening and focusing on specific results.

An exciting experimental search tool is Google Squared. Stick in a couple of words, or a short phrase, and watch Google try to create a spreadsheet of results. For instance, try entering California dog parks or earthquake and volcano types.

Alert me!
Google sends me an email every time it sees a new occurrence of "steve bass," "earthquakes," and keywords about my various hobbies and interests. If you haven’t tried Google Alerts, you’re missing out on a terrific service.

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