Sorry I'm in Google mode today! Just read a nice article in The McKinsey Quarterly, 'Google like a pro' (not free). I Google a lot and mostly just use the simple term or string search. Occasionally I use more powerful queries. However, in this article I learned some new ones. I thought I'd share them with you (- and by typing them in I'm learning as well!).
- intitle: "plane crash" > finds the string in the title of a webpage
- site:nl or site:us for Dutch or US sites only. inurl:news or inurl:forum for news sites and forum discussions respectively. inurl:2008 to limit your search to a time period.
- view:timeline, gives search results in clickable timeline
- ~airplane, searches for airplane, plane, air, flight, aircraft, etc.
- Samuel is a *, gives search results telling you who Samuel is (according to Google...)
I've been using these more often lately. I was thinking: why not put a little cheat sheet on the Google homepage to help users remember?
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