Considering the rate at which Google introduces new features to the public and the small amount of publicity they afford each of them, it’s no surprise that most people are unaware of the many different ways to use Google.
To start, “here is a list”:http://www.google.com/help/features.html.
Here are some of my favorite Google power-user tips:
* *Music* – People are not aware that you can search Google for all kinds of information on artists, albums, songs and more using “Google Music Search”:http://www.google.com/musicsearch.
* *Movies* – Then try searching “movies” in Google or “let me do it for you”:http://www.google.com/search?q=%22movies%22. That gives you showtimes for your area!
* *Strange Stuff* – Try searching “ford escape”:http://www.google.com/search?q=ford%20escape and Google suggests where you can buy one. Or “homes for rent”:http://www.google.com/search?q=homes%20for%20rent or maybe “homes for sale”:http://www.google.com/search?q=homes%20for%20sale.
* *Books* – Similar to music and movies, there is “Google Book search”:http://books.google.com/books.
* *Phone Book* – Try putting in someone’s (or your) lastname, city and state in Google. “Like this”:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=schwarzenegger+sacramento+ca&btnG=Search.
* *Q&A* – And sometimes just gives you the answer to your question. Like “the population of the USA”:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=population+of+USA&btnG=Search and the “birthplace of George Bush”:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=birthplace+of+George+Bush&btnG=Search (which one?).
* *Fedex, Patents, UPS, more* – Seach for information on Fedex tracking, UPS tracking, USPS tracking, patent, VINs, UPCs, FAA codes and a lot more using “Google numbers search”:http://www.google.com/help/features.html#number.
* *Finance* – “Google Finance”:http://finance.google.com is a fantastic tool for casual study of stock quotes though it doesn’t have the depth of “Yahoo! Finance”:http://finance.yahoo.com yet.
And of course, there is a “lot more stuff you can do with Google here”:http://www.google.com/help/features.html.