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Woil [PersonRank 0]

Friday, September 30, 2005
12 years ago

Nice list. :)

Phil Bradley [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

You might want to mention the use of file format for searching as well – it’s something that I use all the time and teach my students to use. I’ve written an article on it at:

philb.com/fileformat.htm

Best,

Phil.

Massimo Dal Zotto [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

There is also a Google "Gödel string":

[* -*]

Gordin [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

the calculator trick still works, you just need to write everything in small letters
   i.e. google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Massimo, wow, that returns a "Server Error" message – rare at Google.com!

Milly [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"Google searches for all of your words, whether or not you write a "+" before them (I often see people write queries [+like +this], but it’s not necessary)."

Or rather [+like+this]. But that is useful when quoting a full search URL, e.g.:[ google.com/search?q=like+this] because browser/messaging clients are less likely to break the URL in the wrong place than with spaces like: [ google.com/search?q=like this]. And [like+this] is more human readable/intuitive than encoding [like%20this].

"[...] you can also use parentheses and the "|" character. [Hamlet (pizza | coke)] will find pages containing the word (or being linked to with the word) "Hamlet" and additionally containing at least one of the two other words, "pizza" or "coke"."

I think the parentheses are unnecessary and non-functioning. This: [Hamlet (pizza | coke)] is the same search as: [Hamlet pizza | coke]. Moreover, this: [Hamlet (pizza | coke bottle)] is the same as [Hamlet pizza | coke bottle] or [Hamlet bottle pizza | coke] i.e. only the words immediately adjacent to the "OR" (or "|") are alternatives.

"OR" within quotes works: [Hamlet "pizza box | oven coke"]. But it's unreliable when trying to find different quotes as alternates: [Hamlet "pizza box" | "coke bottle"] – you get results, but they're not always what they seem: sometimes the alternatives produce *fewer* results than one or other search term. And parentheses don't help there either: [Hamlet ("pizza box" | "coke bottle")] is no advantage.

Incidentally, when using "|" instead of "OR", you don't need the spaces. So [Hamlet pizza|coke] is fine, and visually more intuitive, I think (and again, less likely to break badly in quoting clients).

"You can use the wildcard operator in phrases. This is helpful for finding song texts – let’s say you forgot a word or two, but you remember the gist, as in ["love you twice as much * oh love * *"] – and similar tasks.
You can use the wildcard character without searching for anything specific at all, as in this phrase search: ["* * * * * * *"]. "

An important distinction between using wildcards within phrases (quotes) and otherwise, is that within quotes each wildcard represents a single word, but outside (or without) quotes each wildcard represents one or more words. So if you're very unsure of the phrase, you'd be better off searching [love you * much * oh love] than trying to also guess the *number* of words you've forgotten by using ["love you * * * much * * oh love"].

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The article has been translated to Chinese:
xyzboard.com/?q=node/49

Synthaxx R-or [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

The 42 joke still lives on in google.
Just enter
"what is the answer to life, the universe and everything?" as a search query

and the calculator will answer with "42" :D

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

OK, you have to spell it lower-case... my fault.

david sanger [PersonRank 7]

12 years ago #

You can use a colon in place of quotes

google.com/search?q=to:be:or:n ...

url [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

1.[like-this]:
- can be replaced by other symbol, like .
3. google can search more than 32 words. see the difference between these two urls.
google.com/search?sourceid=nav ...

google.com/search?sourceid=nav ...

Dizzy [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

> 3. google can search more than 32 words. see the
> difference between these two urls.

Wrong. Google has the 32 words limit. You must not count duplicate words and common words in your example. Try the following searches:

[all austrian century conceptual data dynamics established experience exposure extreme important knowledge late leader mach mechanics nineteenth optics organisation persistent philosopher physicist positivism principles regarded school sensory subjectivist supported view wave widely -Mach]

[all austrian century conceptual data dynamics established experience exposure extreme important knowledge late leader mach mechanics nineteenth optics organisation persistent philosopher physicist positivism principles regarded school sensory subjectivist supported view wave -Mach]

[the this that who is are all austrian century conceptual data dynamics established experience exposure extreme important knowledge late leader mach mechanics nineteenth optics organisation persistent philosopher physicist positivism principles regarded school sensory subjectivist supported view wave widely -Mach]

[the this that who is are a all austrian century conceptual data dynamics established experience exposure extreme important knowledge late leader mach mechanics nineteenth optics organisation persistent philosopher physicist positivism principles regarded school sensory subjectivist supported view wave a -Mach]

url [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thank dizzy!
After i had changed my searches, i found dizzy is right.

another two samples:
google.com/search?num=100& ...

google.com/search?num=100& ...
you can see the 33rd word can't be seached

Bill Rawlinson [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

searching for " [*-*]" without the quotes (notice the initial space) returns 11,760,000,000 whereas the cited search suggested in the article returns 11,040,000,000

if you drop the intial space from my suggested search string the count drops and if you put a space in the beginning of the suggested search string the count drops.

Bramus! [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

"inurl: term" also still works ....

useage: [inurl: index.php] --> lists all sites with index.php in the url.

The term was abused by a phpbb destroying virus that searched for [inurl: viewtopic.php]. When now searching for that term, google returns a 403, stating that you cannot search for that term due to an abuse.

wbr

B!

jurka [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Something related to this article – full list of google services
16dot.com/article/what-is-goog ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And then of course there's the official Google Sitemap...
google.com/sitemap.html

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And then of course there's the official Google Sitemap...
google.com/sitemap.html

By the way, Bill, we use the square brackets [...] instead of quotes, so no need to put quotes around them. The original idea to this came from Matt Cutts, who works at Google and in his blog mentioned how internally, Googlers would write about queries. This gets rid of the whole confusion about "did he mean to *include* those quotes in the search...?"

Tim [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Philipp do you know how can I search google for this string [xmlns=""].
I tried : [xmlns="''"] , ["xmlns="""] but google returns everything that contains [xmlns], which is not what I want.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think that's not possible Tim... unfortunately.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I found two additions, one by Matt Cutts and the other by Tara Calishain:

- You can use [site:apple.com/support] (i.e. search for sub-directories, and not just domains, using the site-operater)

- The numrange operator also works like [..12] this (showing every number below or equal twelve) or [100..] this (showing every number from 100 upwards).

Milly [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sub-domain site searches? Deja vu ;) :-

blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-0 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nice catch :)

EDMO [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

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aliasghar mohammadzadeh [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

thank you from your guide ?
here is the best place to solve my problems with google?

Allen Chen [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Hi , thank you all guys. I want to share with you of interesting ideas if possible.

Allen Chen from China

liangzhengchen[put at-character here]hotmail.com

liangzhengchen[put at-character here]skype.com

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