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Dan Cousar [PersonRank 2]

Thursday, June 15, 2006
14 years ago3,245 views

google.com/ig/usgov

Check it out. :)

OReO [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Interesting! I've never seen this before.

Now google decided to team up with the Government.

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Opps I just credited David Hetfield for this catch, but it appears you beat him, sorry. Nice find Dan :)

Wonder how many of these customised pages they are planning on doing.

Dan Cousar [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

Check out what happens when you click add content. Seems to be a different layout then regular www.google.com/ig because you can currently only add feeds(no gadgets). Very customized just for the government sites.

Dan Cousar [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

It seems as though the really customized it just to fit the Government. Because they are not supporting gadgets for it they have a different add content interface tehn what I've seen before with the other www.google.com/ig. Because its just adding feeds only they have it spawn off to teh side instead of redirecting to a different page.

Caleb E [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

hmm, they're just repushing their "uncle sam" search it seems:
google.com/unclesam
it's part of a VERY old set of specialized searches:
google.com/options/specialsear ...
i've never seen anybody use them. interesting that they're pushing one, they must've updated it or something.

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Uhh the slide effect for "Add content >>" is pretty nice

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

google.com/help/about_usgovern ...

How do I search across U.S. government sites?

To search across content from U.S. government sources on Google U.S. Goverment Search, all you have to do is enter a query into the search box and click the "Search Government Sites" button. This launches a search across U.S. federal, state and local government sites with domains such as .gov, .mil, and other select ones. You get the same relevance and results format as you do when conducting a search on Google.com. You can also use the advanced search option to focus on content from specific government sources.

Top secret data for all of us ;)

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Yes, aside from the personalization, some documentation (something that Uncle Sam never offered, and perhaps other "Stuff" it's Uncle Sam. Even the url from the new site shows Uncle Sam.

See:
resourceshelf.com/2006/06/15/g ...

If nothing else it's another Google vs. MS thing since FirstGovSearch is powered, in part, by MSN. However, several specialty databases, features, and dynamic clustering from Vivisimo make it a quality and useful site. A spanish version of FirstGovSearch is also available.

Dan Cousar [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

You know, I had thought that I recognized the red white and blue Google logo. I did some digging hoping that I could find those other specialsearches in the ig(personlized) format and found out that www.google.com/ig/ is also used in some other places were google personalizes their search box with other companies stuff around it. Such as Dell(www.google.com/ig/dell), Gateway(www.google.com/ig/gateway) and Current Communications(www.google.com/ig/current). While none of those are exactly new, I didn't realize till just now that they were apart of the ig(Personalized Hompage) code. Also, I didn't realize that there was a api for google.com/ig. If you check out google.com/ig/api?weather=9404 ... it returns to you in xml format the weather conditions for Mountain View, CA. Which if you wanted to code something up you could have your website grab that url with your zipcode instead and parse through the information to grab the current weather. Though this might have already been discovered, I never knew of it before so I might as well say I'm impressed.

gary price [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I usually don't bring up my full time employer here. I hope my friend Philipp knows it will not become a regular thing.

But speaking of weather,
blog.ask.com/2006/06/askcom_se ...
In many cases all of this info is global in scope.
ask.com/web?o=312&qsrc=19& ...

You can also add local weather (international) and other feeds to Bloglines. very quickly.

Communities | Email Groups | News | Search | Jobs
Package Tracking | Weather | Astrology | Lottery

oh, and speaking of global, Ask has some nice imagery of many cities in Europe.
blog.ask.com/2006/05/askcom_ma ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Funny they have gone back to the sliding thing after dumping it from the main .com/ig.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Gary your pointers from an inside expert are actually a nice addition to the forum, keep showing up :)

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