Tuesday, November 13

Google Guide - Making Searching Even Easier (Nancy Blachman)

"Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between. I developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Google's capabilties, features, and services than I found on Google's website." - Nancy Blachman

"Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? If you’re like many people, you use only a small number of Google’s services and features. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs (Source)."

I found this useful Google guide when I was snooping around in Jane Knight's super blog. When you first look at this Google Guide, you might be thinking this is just a simple HTML page with a few plain non-attractive graphics. Though, simplicity is one of Google's secret weapons and this is what I like about this guide, too. Anyway, do we really need any Superman or Batman animations to engage our minds to explore it? Where am I going? Wake up! In short, this guide can help us improve our skills and speed to find the learning juice we are 'Googling' for (if indexed by Google!). The guide can for example be explored according to three (3) levels:

  • Novices - Explains how to write a query that will help you find just what you want.
  • Experts - (or Experienced users) Appear to describe basic concepts, but if you read carefully, you’ll discover helpful insights into how Google works and how to use it more effectively.
  • Teens - Provides a lot of different types of sample queries and exercises (Get straight to the point, I am a teen!).

In addition, you can easily jump to different sections (e.g. Query Input and Search Tools). Yes, it even gives you tips on how to develop a search-friendly Website (or improve your PageRank). Also, if you have time (or no time!), check out the Cheat Sheet (2-page quick reference) and Calculator Cheat Sheet (Solve mathematical problems with Google's built-in calculator function!) . Cool stuff to learn! Yeah, I really like the fact that the guide looks like a blog (Is it a blog?). It gives you a more relaxed and informal learning touch to it!

Although, it also has a 'Google Guide' search box, it does not appear on the guide's home page, meaning it will only appear on pages within the guide (upper-left corner!). I suppose I would prefer that the search box is also accessible from the homepage. Anyway, this is a small matter which takes a few seconds to change, if they really want to. What is important, is that this guide can assist us in improving our 'Googling' ability, so that we can find the juice we are looking for :)


Nancy Blachman said...

I appreciate your suggestions for improving Google Guide. I'll consider adding a search box to the Google Guide home page.

Nancy Blachman
Founder of Google Guide
Making searching even easier

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Thanks :)

This post was written more than 3 years ago... :)

Well, never too late :)

Though, I really appreciate you popping by :)