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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Keep Your Gmail Clean

Is your Gmail storage nearing its upper limit, but you don't want to throw away too much? Courtesy of Amit Agarwal, here's a nice search query to find just bigger & older mails to delete:

has:attachment before:2006/03/01

Amit has more tips in "Keeping your GMail Inbox size under control."

What Google Highlights in SERPs

Google is getting much more relaxed with what they bold embolden in search results. When you search for v7ndotcom elursrebmem, you can see they do not only embolden the words “v7ndotcom” and “elursrebmem”, but also the abbreviation “ve” (as in “I’ve added the v7ndotcom elursrebmem contest stats section above”). Kinda smart, though it seems to backfire in this case.

Another (older) example is when you search for e.g. Spiderman, you’ll also see “Spider-Man” being highlighted in the results. Also, some searches trigger Google’s split-categories results... search for peoples, and you’ll see both “people’s”, “peoples” and even “jewellers” highlighted in the results. (You can prevent this from happening by using quotes around the query... ["peoples"] will not show the word “people’s”.)

Information is Piling Up

Greg Knauss writes:

Years ago, someone phoned you and you weren’t home, you missed the call and they had to try back – now, the messages queue up in voice-mail. TV shows used to slip unwatched by unless you were there to suck them up them in real-time – today, my TiVo has hours of mindless crap that it’s faithfully holding for me. The Web originally required me to actually go out and do something as quaint as visit sites to read them – these days, my feed reader pulls down megabytes of data – a large portion of it, of course, cat pictures – and piles it up, forever. Each of these swollen reservoirs of data silently mocks me with my inadequacy.

[Via Siggi Becker.]

BMW Ad With Google

Miel Van Opstal sent in this BMW ad featuring Google (it reads “The search for yourself doesn’t run on Google”). There’s lots of interesting ads on Miel’s blog lately...


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