Did you know Google can track your packages? Convert miles to kilometers, tablespoons to cups? Look up phone numbers? Find your nearest bagel shop? Did you know it’s a dictionary, a calculator, a text translator? That it can find photographs of just about anything? That it’s stored up nearly a billion searchable messages on everything from aviation to vermiculture? If you didn’t know all that, you need Google: The Missing Manual.
Chances are, you’re already a regular Google searcher but you’ve just scratched the surface. Sarah Milstein and Rael Dornfest dig down deep -- starting with a detailed guide to creating more powerful, focused search queries. (Did you know you can search only link anchors -- a great way to find someone’s email address? Or that Google can list all the sites it knows that are linked to yours?)
Then, it’s on to the easily accessible areas of Google that many people never notice: image and newsgroup search, built-in directories, and comparison shopping via Froogle and Google Catalogs. There’s a full section on Google tools -- the toolbar, deskbar, wireless access, even Google WebQuotes, which annotates your search results with comments about those pages from other sites.
Part IV focuses on the webmaster’s view of Google: getting listed as prominently as possible (without doing something that’ll backfire); conversely, “hiding” from Google; and making more profits from Google AdSense advertising. For millions of people, Google is the Web’s No. 1 tool, and this book will help them use it a lot more effectively. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.