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Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, July 13, 2008
12 years ago2,289 views

This morning i was trying to find date of an Indian festival "Diwali" and stumbled on this
google.com/search?q=diwali+dat ...

Its very handy to get these kind of results.

When tried few more, I found these

# halloween date
# independence day date
# Raksha Bandhan date

Is this something new or I found it now :P

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's a feature calle Google Q&A (questions and answers), which intelligently scrapes and parses for facts found online:
blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-0 ...

Some queries don't trigger it anymore as they used to... like Google revealing Superman's secret identity!
blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-0 ...

Pixelisation [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I was looking for an old E. Schmidt's interview during which he said he wanted every public event to be indexed and searchable through Google (via Onebox or Q&A-like results). In vain.

But I've found this search feature:
google.com/calendar/events?sta ...

It seems to aggregate Google Base and public Google Calendar events... I love it a lot and I can't understand why this isn't the natural search page for the Google Calendar app.

I hate the Google Calendar Search so much:
* no possibility to search non-US located event
* unrelevant and very few categories (Top Picks, TV shows, Events, Sports, Entertainment, Miscellaneous, Holidays, By Google)
* too little and badly placed navigation links to browse search results (amazing for a search-engine related application!)

Thanks to Matt Cutts, Google Calendar now searches private events by default. But we'd to await so long to get that (Calendar Googlers seems to listen to feedbacks very little, except from Googlers).

There's also an improved iGoogle gagdet (named Google "Agenda"), but critics are right to demand a delete button and the ability to add an event automatically for the day displayed on the calendar.
google.com/ig/directory?hl=en& ...

Although Google is preparing an offline version of Calendar, I'm very dissatisfied with the very few new features released for many months; and above all, for the rare fixes and improvements (since when have they talked about a to-do list feature?).

Pixelisation [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Seems like some users have got some signs of the offline version today: blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=1092

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