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1 This work is licensed by Patrick Crispen to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.5 license.

2 Keeping Up With the Googlebots: Whats New at Google [as of November 2006] a presentation by Patrick Douglas Crispen

3 Googlebots? Google has special programs called spiders (a.k.a. Googlebots) that constantly search the Internet looking for new or updated Web pages. When a Googlebot finds a new or updated page, it reads that entire page, reports back to Google, and then visits all of the other pages to which that new page links. Image source:

4 Eeek! Spiders! When the Googlebot reports back to Google, it doesnt just tell Google the new or updated pages URL. The Googlebot also sends Google a complete copy of the entire Web page – HTML, text, images, etc. Google then adds that page and all of its content to Googles cache.

5 A long time ago, in a PowerPoint far, far, away… In Google 201 [available in the PowerPoint Files section of] we talk about how to search the stuff the Googlebots uncover. In particular, we discuss –Googles Pagerank algorithm, –Search engine math, –Query modifiers, and –Alternative query types.

6 These are much deeper waters than I had thought. Google is a constantly-moving target. Google adds new tools and features practically daily. In this presentation, were going to track what Google has been up to recently. Image source:

7 Our Topics New search options New search results features New search tools New classroom tools New office tools New net tools New announcements


9 Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization of content creators who have built upon the all rights reserved concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary some rights reserved approach.


11 Google and Creative Commons By default, Google doesnt search for Creative Commons licensed content. But, if you click on Googles Advanced Search link [to the right of the search box]…

12 Usage Rights There youll find a Usage Rights pull- down list with five options: 1. Not filtered by license 2. Free to use or share 3. Free to use or share, even commercially 4. Free to use share or modify 5. Free to use, share or modify, even commercially

13 Google Q&A What is the population of Iraq? Where is Bulgaria? When did Elvis die? What is the budget of France? How many people live in Canada? Answers to plain text questions now appear at the top of your search results.

14 Alternative Query Types Google Calculator Enter your equation or problem in the Google search box Google Dictionary Use define:keyword

15 Alternative Query Types Google Weather Enter weather: and the city, state, and/or zip code Google Movie Showtimes Use movie: and the city, state, and/or zip code

16 Google Recipes Search any ingredient or cuisine and the word recipes – steak recipes – french recipes On the results page pull- down lists, you can refine your search by cuisine, course, or main ingredient. See for a more powerful version that searches over one million recipes.

17 Google Music Trends music Kind of like Googles Billboard music charts How it works: –Google Talk users opt in. –Google anonymously captures information about the music the users are playing on their computers. Image source:


19 Google Music Search Enter the name of an popular US musical artist. Click on the More music results link on the results page. Google displays – Album titles, – Song titles, – User reviews, and – Links to online stores.

20 Click to Call Some Google advertisements let you enter your telephone number. Google calls you and then directly connects you to the advertiser. Google foots the bill for the call. The advertiser never sees your telephone number. Google deletes your telephone number from their database after a period reasonably necessary to operate the service.

21 Disappearing Ads Currently, Googles premium advertisements appear in a blue box at the top of the results page, with secondary advertisements on the right side of the page. If you dont click on the premium advertisements, Google is testing a way to remember that and to move those premium advertisements to the right as well.

22 Book Downloads [PDF] Google Books now lets you download PDFs of public domain/full view books. Do a search at and click on Full view books.

23 Book Downloads Click on a linkClick the Download button


25 Google Accounts Many of Googles newest tools require you to have a free Google account [which is not the same as a Gmail account]. To create a new Google account, –Go to –Click on the Create an account now link –Follow the on-screen prompts


27 Google Custom Search Engine If you have a Google account, you can now create [and share with others] your own personal search engine that only searches the sites you specify. Examples –Econ Search Engine –Edublogsphere Search –Mrs. Grays Research Sites for Kids

28 Setting Up a Disneyland Search Engine Go to and click on Create a Search Engine Login with or create a Google account

29 The Happiest Search Engine on Earth Key in the search engines name, description, and keywords. Enter the sites you want your custom search engine to search. –You can choose between searching only the sites you enter or emphasizing these sites but allowing users to search the entire web.

30 Query: Why does a churro cost $20? Try it out! Share it with others [Google co- op > My search engines > Homepage]

31 Google Personalized Search Google Personalized Search is an option for users with Google accounts. Google Personalized Search reorders your search results based on your history of past searches, giving more weight to topics that interest you. For example, if you search for fly fishing today your future results for a search on bass will be more heavily weighted toward fishing than the musical instrument.

32 Google Mobile Maps Google Mobile Maps is a downloadable cell phone application that lets you view maps and satellite imagery, find local businesses, see real-time traffic information, and get driving directions on your cell phone. Just go to in your web-enabled cell phone [including Treos!]

33 Google Accessible Search accessible/ Identifies and prioritizes search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users [based on W3Cs WCAG 1.0]. This is a GREAT tool for sighted users as well because it ignores many spam and obnoxious multimedia Flash sites. Image source:

34 is Googles new search engine test bed. Features Google is testing: – Key in your query without clicking on the search box. – Click on a URL hit and a pull-down list lets you refine your search. – Image results automatically appear at the bottom of your results page. – You can compress [or hide] your search results to show only the title and URLs of the hits.

35 Google Earth 4 Everyone knows about Google Earth, but version 4 [released November 2006] adds some new features: – A new, simpler user interface – Texturized buildings [based on Google Sketchup] – Built-in drawing tools – The ability to share geographic information with others using KML files Download at


37 Google Notebook Google Notebook is a free research tool, available to everyone with a Google account, that lets you create a notebook of your online discoveries – quotes, images, etc. Think of this as Googles 3x5 index cards for internet research. Step one is to download and install a free Google Notebook browser extension for IE or Firefox.

38 Using Google Notebook The next step is to find a resource you want to remember – a text passage and/or an image. Highlight that resource and then click on the Open Notebook link in the bottom corner of your browser. Click on the Add Note button. –This adds the highlighted resource and its URL, but not the date it was accessed.

39 Reviewing Your Notebooks To view, edit, and organize your notes, either choose Open Notebook > Actions > Go to Full Page view or go to You can – Edit or delete existing notes – Manually add new notes – Create new notebooks – Share your notebooks with other collaborators

40 Google for Educators Google for Educators offers teachers guides for Googles most popular tools. These teachers guides include – Basic information about each tool – Examples of how educators are using those tools – Lesson ideas The site also offers lesson plans and videos from Discovery Education that show you how to use Google Earth and Google SketchUp in the classroom.

41 The Literacy Project Image source: The Literacy Project is a resource for anyone interested in reading and education. The tool links on the left side of the page link you to literacy- related tools that can be accessed using Googles tools like Google Scholar, Google Video, etc.

42 Google Shakespeare You can now search, read, and download the complete plays of Shakespeare. googlebooks/ shakespeare/

43 News Archive Search Google News now lets you search through over 200 years of news articles. Just go to and click on the News Archive Search link.

44 All The News Thats Fit to Search The default search shows articles in order of relevance to the query. The timeline presents a timeline of events and articles associated with the query.


46 GMAIL Gmail is Googles free webmail service that gives you 2.65 gigabytes of storage [as of 11/2006]. Google account holders do not automatically get access to Gmail. To sign up for Gmail: – Ask a friend to send you an invitation – Get an invitation code sent to your cell phone via SMS To check your mail – Go to – Download and install the gmail app on your cell phone

47 New Gmail Features Voice mail: Google Talk users can send you voice mail messages. Contact groups: You can now send s to groups rather than just to individuals. Chat: You can chat with other Gmail users. Contact picture: Like in your IM program, you can add pictures in your contact information. Delete: You can permanently delete messages.

48 Calendar Google Calendar is available to everyone with a Google account. Google Calendar works like most other calendaring systems [with a Web 2.0 interface]. You can add four types of calendars: – Personal – Public – Friends – Holiday

49 Im late, Im late for a very important date You can create events and automatically send invitations to your guests. Your guests can RSVP to your invitations via . You can share a calendar with your friends, a group, or the entire world. You can subscribe to additional calendars.

50 Google Docs & Spreadsheets Google Docs & Spreadsheets is available to everyone with a Google account. Docs & Spreadsheets lets you – Upload Word or Excel files or create new documents and spreadsheets online – Edit your files online – Invite others to edit your files online – View the files version histories and roll back to previous versions – Publish the finished files to the world as web pages or blog posts – Download the final, edited files as.doc,.rtf,.pdf,.html, and/ files

51 Sketchup Google Sketchup is a free, 3D modeling program for PCs available for download at Video tutorials are available at the same site. You can print your 3D models, upload them to a free 3D warehouse, or even add them to Google Earth. Image source:

52 Sample Sketchup Images


54 Google Reader Google Reader is a free, online reader that lets you subscribe to and read RSS and Atom feeds. You dont need to download and install any software. Just login with your Google account [of course] and then start adding your favorite feeds.

55 Google Personalized Homepage You can create your own Yahoo-esque Google homepage that shows you – Your latest Gmail messages, – Headlines from Google News and other top news sources, – Weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes, and – Bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer. Google Personalized Homepage [a.k.a., iGoogle] is available to everyone with a Google account.

56 Google Gadgets On the Google Personalized Homepage, click on the Add Stuff>> link. This takes you to a page of almost 2,000 gadgets you can add to your Google Homepage. You can also add these gadgets to other, non- Google webpages – see

57 Google Page Creator Google Page Creator is a free, online, WYSIWYG web editor that lets you easily create your own webpage. Google even gives you your own URL [ ] and 100 MB of storage for your pages and uploaded files.


59 Google Annoucements For more information about whats new and whats next at Google, I recommend visiting the following sites: –Google Labs –Google Press Center –Google Blog –Google Blogscoped

60 Our Topics New search options New search results features Search search tools New classroom tools New office tools New net tools New announcements

61 Keeping Up With the Googlebots: Whats New at Google [as of November 2006] a presentation by Patrick Douglas Crispen

62 This work is licensed by Patrick Crispen to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.5 license.

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