Cutting down on clicks needed in an image search, the Web giant enhances Google Images to let users “quickly flip through a set of images.”
Google announced today that it is revamping its image search to make it speedier and more reliable. Soon, people will be able to simultaneously see images and image information while searching for photos, illustrations, and graphics.
“Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience,” Google Images Associate Product Manager Hongyi Li wrote in a blog post today. “In the next few days, you’ll see image results displayed in an inline panel so it’s faster, more beautiful, and more reliable.”
When users look up images currently, they see large thumbnail images for whatever they are searching. For example, the “Pacific Ocean” brings up images of maps, photos of sandy islands covered in palm trees, and pictures of waves crashing on rocks. If the user wants to know more about the image, they have to hover their mouse over it and then click to get more.
With Google’s enhanced image search, people will be able to see a display of smaller images with one central image enlarged and accompanied by image information. This should significantly cut down on the hovering and clicking.
Here are some of the changes explained by Li:
- We now display detailed information about the image (the metadata) right underneath the image in the search results, instead of redirecting users to a separate landing page.
- We’re featuring some key information much more prominently next to the image: the title of the page hosting the image, the domain name it comes from, and the image size.
- The domain name is now clickable, and we also added a new button to visit the page the image is hosted on.
- The source page will no longer load up in an iframe in the background of the image detail view. This speeds up the experience for users, reduces the load on the source website’s servers, and improves the accuracy of webmaster metrics such as pageviews.
“You will be able to quickly flip through a set of images by using the keyboard,” Li wrote. “If you want to go back to browsing other search results, just scroll down and pick up right where you left off.”
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Bangalore: Google has brought with itself a multifaceted, user friendly approach. From being a search engine to a social network, Google entertains people in every way possible. Users can have fun simply by watching some of its exciting features. Most of these features are updated occasionally keeping viewers intact with time.
Here are some exciting features of the search giant that hold in a bundle of surprises!
10. Zerg Rush
Just punch ‘Zerg Rush’ into the search tab and you will find yourself defending your search results before these zerglings ‘eat them up’. Colored in red and yellow, they try to leave no trace of your results. If you want to eliminate them, just click on them repeatedly. This will save your search engine results completely.
You will also find Google keeping a score. On the right side of the screen, a widget shows the number of enemies you killed along with the number of clicks you used to kill them. If you are unsuccessful at this, your results are wiped out by the yellow and red colored Os, assembling to form a ‘GG’. You can either share your scores within your Google + circles or clear the game to go to the search results.
9. Fighter Jet
If you want to explore the globe, try it here,Google Earth has an amazing feature called Flight Simulator. You can enjoy a flight simulation on your computer screen by simply activating this feature. Just go to the Tools menu, followed by ‘Enter Flight Simulator’.
You can choose your aircraft model and starting position upon starting the simulator. If your system supports the joystick, you can even enable hardware for the flight.
8. Pac Man
Though holding an outdated status in the days of HD games, you can still find Pac Man by just hitting Google. On the 30thanniversary of the game, the search giant made an interactive doodle allowing users to play the game using their keyboards.
Try it at — https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man
7. Barrel Roll
The ‘Barrel Roll effect,’ which existed from long back, can still be seen on Google. This has served its way to be one of the coolest tricks for internet users. You can enjoy by typing ‘do a barrel roll’. Your whole page will spin 360 degrees once. You can refresh the page to see the effect again and again.
Another interactive doodle called the Guitar was created on the 96th birthday of Les Paul. He was the inventor of solid body electric guitar. The logo was redone in the form of a guitar, where users could play it with the help of a cursor, mouse or keyboard. One could even record tunes and upload them on the web with the help of Google. They could also listen to it anytime and save them as a media file on the computer.
Try it at — http://www.google.com/doodles/les-pauls-96th-birthday
Google also made interactive doodles for the London Olympics game, 2012, which are still available in the Doodle archive. The Hurdles is an interesting one, where the runner had to jump over the obstacles. Using the keyboard, he has to race further with increasing level of difficulty. This fun doodle can help you challenge your friends and even set your best score for the results.
Give a try here– http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012
4. Moog Synthesizer
In the 1960’s and the 70’s top musicians used the Moog Synthesizer to add depth to their music. On the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, Google created an interactive Moog Synthesizer, which could be played with the help of the keyboard or the mouse.
The doodle displayed features like the mixer, oscillator, filters and envelope where you can simply have fun fiddling with them. You can also record your own music, share it as well as listen to it.
Play it here — http://www.google.com/doodles/robert-moogs-78th-birthday
For YouTube lovers, buffering isn’t always acceptable. But in the meantime, Google has this amazing feature for you to play, called the ‘Snake’. The popular game that evolved during the 1970’s can be played by pausing an ongoing or even a buffering video. This is enough by pressing the left, right or down arrow key, immediately followed by the up arrow key. The game can also be played on full screen.
2. Price range in search
Google knows what you want simply with a type. This amazing search master can easily be informed and that’s it! You have your results. For users who want to know the range of products and price lists, Google can be used where you type in the name of the product and the Price range of your choice like this’ Product Rs X, Y…’. If you wish to look for Android phones priced between 5,000 and 20,000, simply type ‘Android Smartphone 10,000 ….. 15,000’.
1. Slalom Canoe
Another interactive offer by Google is the ‘Slalom Canoe’ of the London Olympics 2012. The game shows a canoe and a rower, which is required to pass through the course in the shortest time possible. With the help of a keyboard, you can control the canoe and avoid all possible obstacles while ensuring that the player passes through the check points. Try it at — http://www.google.com/doodles/slalom-canoe-2012
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For all the time you spend online, you probably spend most of it searching for stuff. So why settle for the most basic Google experience? Here are 10 ways to beef up and speed up your Google searches and find stuff easier.
10. Make Use of Google’s Built-In Tools
If you know Google well enough, you can find what you’re searching for without clicking on a single link. Most of Google’s built-in shortcuts are intuitive: to search for movie times, just search for the movie you want to see. To find the release date of a video game, type in
release date and the name of the game.
9. Make Your Results Easily Scannable
It’s hard scanning through a bunch of boring text and links to find what you’re searching for. Luckily, a few user scripts can make it easier. Faviconize Google adds small icons next to each result, so you can see what web site its from—really handy if you have a few trusted sites . Locate Multiple Domains highlights sites you specify so your eye is drawn to trusted sites right away. They’re both small extensions that can make a big difference in Google’s scannability.
8. Endlessly Scroll Through Results
If you really have to dig deep, clicking “Next” on each page can get to be a hassle. Autopagerize is a user script that allows you to keep scrolling and scrolling forever, so you don’t have to constantly click next (or back) to move between pages.
7. Make Google Cache Better
Sometimes, you click on a result and the page is no longer there. Maybe it’s temporarily down, or maybe it’s gone forever. However, you can still access it with Google Cache—just click the instant preview button for that page and click “Cache” to see it. Of course, if you try to follow any links on that page, they could lead to a downed page too, so install Google Cache Comeback—it’ll make all those links lead to their cached pages, so you never run into a 404 again.
6. Ditch the Spammy Results
Nothing’s worse than finding a great-looking result only to discover its a content farm that’s just spewing out links and terms built to show up in search results. Luckily, Google has some protections against this. If you visit a site that isn’t useful, when you click the “Back” button, you should see a new “Block” link under that Google result. You can click that to block it from ever showing up in your results again. If the Block link doesn’t show up, you can add it to your block list manually, or use an extension like Personal Blocklist to hide them.
5. Turn Off Google’s More Annoying Features
Don’t like Google’s new personal search results? Sick of its annoying instant previews? Some features—like the Search Plus Your World—you can turn off right from your Google Settings (Google Instant Search falls into that camp, too). Others—like the Instant Previews—require a user script or AdBlock filter to turn off. However, no matter what your annoyance, you should be able to find a way to remove it from your view entirely.
4. Highlight Your Search Terms on the Resulting Pages
So you’ve gotten some results for your search terms, but then once you click on the page, you can’t find where it actually used those words. You could just use Ctrl+F to find them, but Google Quick Scroll will do it for you. Just install it in Chrome and get to searching. It’ll highlight your search terms on any of the resulting pages without you having to lift a finger.
3. Use Advanced Operators
You’ve probably heard about searching for multiple terms with the
AND operator, but what about more advanced ones? For example, you can search a specific site by using the
site: operator, ignore certain sites with the
-site: operator, or even search for two words close together with the
2. Add Custom Searches to Your Browser
If you really want to speed up your Google searches, why not make them before you even visit Google? You already know you can search from your browser’s address bar, but your address bar can do oh-so-much more. Want to search a specific site without typing out the whole
site: operator? Use a custom search keyword. Want to search for results from the past year without having to click that option later on? Custom search keywords can do that too.
1. Know When Not to Google
Sometimes, Google just isn’t the best search engine to use. If you’re looking for something very specific, there might be a lesser-known search engine that suits you better, like the cruft-free Blekko or the data-driven Wolfram Alpha. Google will always have something for you, but if you’re not having a lot of luck (or if the results are just taking to long to find), check out our list of other worthwhile search engines and when to use them to keep up on your alternatives.
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For the searching you do every day, go ahead and use the powerful, convenient, ever-improving Google. But for certain queries, other search engines are significantly better. Let’s dig into the searches you’re better off making at engines other than Google.
Google’s good at a lot of things, but it also has to serve a lot of interests. Any relatively modern search engine knows that, in order to compete and differentiate, it has to do something different, something better, or something special, aside from general “
katy perry video” searches. Here are the best search engines for tackling specific types of search:
1.DuckDuckGo: Quick Site Searches, Programming, and Totally Anonymous Searching
That’s nice, but what does DuckDuckGo do? It “bangs.” Bang, as in the term programmers use to refer to exclamation marks. By putting an exclamation in front of a site or resource you want to search, you can quickly search on that site from DuckDuckGo, whether you know how that search works or not. Searching !lifehacker linux uses our own site’s search engine to look up Linux posts (though you can shorten it to
!a triggers a product search on Amazon.com, and
!yt a YouTube search. But you can loosely shoot from the hip and hit an astounding number of sites:
!retailmenot green mountain coffee, and so on. With DuckDuckGo installed as a quick search option in your browser, it’s much easier to search a site this way than to type out
site:economist.com libya and hunt through results.
There are lots of neat “bangs” to dig through, but take special note, programmers and general nerd practitioners: there are a lot of computer and code resources here.
!github—the list goes on. In fact, DDG even includes the other search engines we’ve referenced here in its bangs. If you really were looking for a new default search engine, we could see DuckDuckGo as a viable option—if only for the sincere convenience of, say, searching the Android Market with
!market angry birds.
2.Blekko: Cruft-Free Results and Very Specific Things
Even after make a pretty big change to filter “content farms,”, searching Google for anything that might be remotely popular, especially in the form of a how-to or question, continues to involve sorting through varying versions of on-demand writing. Some of it is decent, even helpful; much of it looks the same, though, and you often find yourself wishing for more authoritative voice.
Enter Blekko. On its own, Blekko narrows down your search terms and filters out a lot of the ad-filled results you might come across. Search on a “hot” topic, like travel, product reviews, or song lyrics, and Blekko automatically filters out sites that seem to exist mostly to capture traffic without providing too much new information. Search in the health field, and the results are narrowed down to a set of about 75 sites that Blekko’s editors trust.
So let’s say you’re an increasingly ridiculous home coffee enthusiast (ahem), and you want to make at home the latte foam “art” you’ll see in coffee shops. Lots of web sites are anticipating this search. The first three results from Google, from earlier this week, are shown above: the first result is a WikiHow article, the second a box of YouTube videos, and the third from RateMyRosetta.com, where baristas and other foam-art enthusiasts can, well, rate each others’ leafy designs.
Blekko’s results are at left here, and they’re oriented more toward independent sites, by way of eliminating many of the less subtle grabs for your clicks. By way of disclosure, a Lifehacker post shows up as the second result, but I picked the
how to make latte art search at random, from my brain.
It’s helpful to be able to skip the search-savvy sites when you’re looking for deeper knowledge. It’s also helpful to be able to explain a bit more clearly what you’re looking for. Google has modifiers for “must have” (
kennedys +kennebunkport) and “not” (
kennedys -"dead kennedys"), but you have to guess at them ahead of time. Let’s imagine you just finished watchingBlade Runner for the first time (really?), and you’re now keen on learning how far we’ve come in making robots that look and act like humans—androids. But any search on “android” these days is chock full of apps, reviews, and news about Google’s mobile phone OS. Blekko knows this, or at least has seen it happen, so as you type in “
android,” you’re given a batch of “slashes” you can add to your search to narrow it down. “
android /robotics” popped up during my Blekko test, and did a good job of (mostly) winnowing my search down to items related to human/robot hybrids.
3.Wolfram Alpha: Data, Statistics, Research, and “I Wonder”
There’s no simple way to explain what Wolfram Alpha does, other than to say it tries to make the entirety of human knowledge into solvable equations—simple, huh? It’s a big task, but Wolfram Alpha quietly does some pretty amazing things with the unique data sets it can rummage through. It’s best thought of as a place to ask questions, and wonder about numbers, percentages, and other left brain ideas.
If you “asked” Google about how likely the average United Airlines flight was on time, versus Southwest Airlines, the top result is likely to be a blog post that features “Southwest vs. United Airlines” in its title, but relates to television advertising and branding. Ask Wolfram Alpha, and the first result considers “United Airlines” and “Southwest Airlines” as they exist on the stock market—UAUA vs. LUV. Neat, but not exactly what we wanted. But just under the search, Wolfram asks if you’d like to see your “United Airlines” as an airline. Click it and see.
Now we’re talking. Wolfram Alpha, culling data from nearly a dozen aviation sources, puts together a handy chart showing the on-time performance of United versus Southwest—along with enough statistics and comparisons to basically write an Aviation Business 101 paper by itself. At the bottom of the box, you can click to see Wolfram’s sources, and download a PDF of the data.
You have to spend some time with Wolfram to get a sense of what it’s capable of.
Can you get to most of this data through good old Google? Eventually, sure. But when you’re looking for a specific piece of data, Wolfram can often provide it, and the context necessary to utilize it, in quicker fashion than you can comb through Google to eventually arrive at a PDF document.
When most people with even a cursory knowledge of modern tech hear the phrase “search alternatives” or “non-Google search,” they might think Bing. Bing is growing in market share, and has some very robust search offerings. But Bing covers the same wide scope as Google, with an invitation to search for anything, everything, and sometimes get “quick answers” back with data tidbits. It does some topics in unique ways, like its Visual Search, video thumbnails, and robust travel visualization. But they have a lot of competition in each of those areas. If you find Bing to be head and shoulders above Google and specialty search sites, we’ll gladly take the hint in the comments.
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