How to Always Show Dates in Google Search Results

booleanstrings Boolean, Google 4 Comments

Would you like to see the dates of the search results on Google? By all means, it’s a useful piece of information. If you narrow a Google search to (any) date range, using the drop-down selection for the date range, the dates are shown. You can then also choose to sort by date if you wanted, to see the most recent results first. When a date …

Stop Using Boolean OR on Google

booleanstrings Boolean, Google Leave a Comment

Here is the description of the Boolean operator OR from the Google’s help: OR: If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms. Example: world cup location 2014 OR 2018 Many researchers routinely use the operator …

Google Quick Answers

booleanstrings Boolean, Google 2 Comments

Many of you are familiar with Google’s operator define, useful for a quick lookup of an unfamiliar term. Unlike other operators, define doesn’t need a colon after it; here is an example: define SEO. Google includes a link along with the definition if there’s one specific website it “thinks” provides the best answer. If you are searching for something common, such as Engineering, it provides a …

What Google Can’t Find in Australia and NZ

booleanstrings Boolean, Google Leave a Comment

(This post is about what Google can’t find, with Australia- and NZ- based examples. It should be useful for everyone, no matter where they live.) At the recent Sourcing Summits NZ and Australia I asked the audience to name some cases where web pages would not be found by Google. Examples provided included: “some people are not online” (at all!) and “if I …

Find People on Google-Plus by Emails

booleanstrings Boolean, Google 1 Comment

Finding social profiles by email addresses have some good applications in Sourcing. Examples are cross-referencing profiles and looking up extra professional information, as well as making several guesses about an unknown email address and finding out which guess is correct. Rapportive does those look-ups; it is one of my favorite tools. Here are some cool features that Google-Plus offers us in …

Google Knowledge Graph: Semantic Interpretation of Queries

booleanstrings Boolean, Google Leave a Comment

As the time goes, Google is able to make sense of more information as known objects, or entities, not “just” as keywords. It introduced the “Knowledge Graph” back in 2012 and keeps accumulating recognizable words and phrases in the search, to which it can respond in an intelligent manner, understanding its meaning, semantically. Google is implementing a very reasonable solution …

Google Search Results Reflect Previous Search

booleanstrings Boolean, Google 5 Comments

This post is just to share something quite interesting that I have noticed while using Google search. (This is not a “sourcing tip” type of post.) I am curious whether anyone has seen this – or any posts about it. It could be that I’ve seen some experimenting on Google’s part, not available across Google search. Here’s what I did. …

How-To: A Google-Plus Custom Search Engine

booleanstrings Boolean, Google Leave a Comment

Google’s Custom Search Engines (CSE) provide us with a way to access Google’s search index in a focused manner. At the core of the tool is X-Raying; any CSE starts with the identification of the site(s) we would like to narrow our search to, providing a way to hide the Boolean operator site: from the end user. The CSE creation …

How To Add Your Facebook Friends on LinkedIn, Google-Plus, and Twitter

booleanstrings Boolean, Google 1 Comment

  Some of the Yahoo services, including search, seem to be staying unattended lately; its “contacts” have some shaky parts as well. However, some of the Yahoo “contacts” functionality can be used for the purpose of connecting with friends across networks. If you wanted to connect with some of your Facebook friends on other social networks, here is how to …

Google-Plus Sourcing Webinar – October 30, 2013

booleanstrings Boolean, Google Leave a Comment

Google-Plus presents excellent tools for searching, sourcing, and reaching out, and it’s time to master them. Let the Facebook numbers not fool you; Google-Plus is the second top place on the Internet to figure out, if you are looking for professionals, after LinkedIn. Waiting further to use it for sourcing will put you behind others who already use it to …