Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Google Search Options

This week Google unveiled some new search features. These features add some increased usefulness to your search. 

The first thing you will notice when you do your search is "Search Options." By clicking on this, Google gives you a variety of options to enhance your search.

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can quickly sort results by video, forum, or reviews. You can also sort by posting date, images only. The three new options I like are "Related Searches", "Wonder Wheel",  and "Timeline". 

Related Searches puts a listing of related search terms at the top of the page instead of at the bottom like the old setup.

Wonder Wheel displays a visual respresentation of related search items. Clicking on a term brings up a new wheel with new related search terms. This is a great idea for teachers to use with their students since we already usual visual representations and concept maps with our students.

Timeline will list your search results by publishing date. This can be useful when looking for older information or when trying to ensure that you are looking at timely posts.

Take a look at Google's new search options and try them out. For more information, click HERE.


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