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Google’s new search index: Caffeine Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2:57 pm

Posted by Dongmei in What's new at Google?!.
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Well, it’s nearly a month old.

The new web indexing system is called Caffeine. Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than Google’s last index, and it’s the largest collection of web content that the search engine company has ever offered.

The new index seems to be a much more dynamic system compared to the old one, which had several layers.

“Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day.”

Read the original post from the Official Google Blog.

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Google adds tagging Monday, 11 June 2007 1:00 pm

Posted by Dongmei in tagging, Web 2.0, What's new at Google?!.
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Google has added a Bookmarks feature to My Search History, enabling you to quickly tag and comment any web page you’ve visited.

To bookmark a page, just visit it through Google Search, get to it in your Search History, and click the star icon.  Then click “edit” and type in any tags under the “Labels” heading. You can even add some notes in the box underneath that.  Once you’ve saved a bunch of sites, you can view them by clicking the Bookmarks heading in the left sidebar. You can show multiple tags at once by clicking all of their check boxes. You can also view your tag “homepage” on your Google Personalized homepage.

You can bookmark pages easily by drag this bookmarklet to the Links area of your browser: Google Bookmark.

Imagine Google in the future opens this up, letting users share their bookmarks and see bookmarking data in searches, we could see something very useful and popular (social bookmarking + Google search= ?).

(read more from Inside Google).

Imagine! customized Google search engine Wednesday, 25 October 2006 5:38 pm

Posted by Dongmei in search engines, What's new at Google?!.
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Google unveiled a new service, Google Co-op (http://www.google.com/coop/). Users can create customized searches of specific Web sites and even generate advertising revenue, see the whole story here.

Gary Price pointed out on his Resource Shelf that Yahoo and Microsoft have recently released similar services. Also Rollyo is online for almost a year and Swicki from Eurekster all offer these types of tools.
(check it out http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/10/24/briefs-google-launches-customized-search-engine-tool/)

New in Google Scholar: finding “Related Articles” Tuesday, 22 August 2006 3:13 pm

Posted by Dongmei in featured IT of the week, What's new at Google?!.
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For every Google Scholar search result, you can now see a list of articles that closely related to it by clicking on the “Related Articles” link that appears underneath each result. The list of related articles is ranked primarily by how similar these articles are to the original result, but also takes into account the relevance of each paper.

This is extremely useful when authors/scholars in some fields (esp. those new fields) use different terminology for the same concept.

Finding sets of related papers and books is often a great way for novices to get acquainted with a topic. However, we’ve found that even experts can sometimes be surprised to discover related work in their area of expertise.

Read the whole story on the Official Google Blog.

new search tools, cheat sheets from Google Thursday, 22 June 2006 10:07 am

Posted by Dongmei in search engines, What's new at Google?!.
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The 4th issue of Google Librarian Newsletter is mainly focused on Google Book Search, however, a few new tools, cheat sheets/posters that are worthwhile to check out: 

  1. Google U.S. Government Search – A newly revamped site where you can search for information across a large number of U.S. federal, state, and local government sites from a single search box.
  2. two new, free downloadable posters: