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Google Image Labeler – Help Improve Google’s Image Search

Google Image LabelerGoogle Image Labeler is a feature of Google Search that allows you to label images and help improve the quality of Google’s image search results.

How does it work?

You’ll be randomly paired with a partner who’s online and using the feature. Over a two-minute period, you and your partner will:

  • View the same set of images.
  • Provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see.
  • Receive points when your label matches your partner’s label. The number of points will depend on how specific your label is.
  • See more images until time runs out.
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More details, tips & example are at this services’ page.

Now what’s so cool about this?

Many services ask user to contribute directly or indirectly and they have a group of people who moderate user contribution. Now such a human-intervention is impractical considering huge number of images being indexed by Google’s image search.

Now as described above, this random partnering approach removes any server side intervention completely. So the Google’s job is getting done without recruiting any human!

Whats in it for you?

All you get is points for your contribution. Anything about prizes or monetary benefit is not mentioned anywhere, but considering Google’s history of being generous, it will not be a surprise if top contributors receive any gift from Google in future. 🙂

Link: Google Image Labeler

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Top 10 Google Search Myths Revealed!

Top 10 Google Myths Revealed

Chris Beasley, founder of Website Publisher, wrote an interesting article revealing top 10 myths about Google Search!

Chris quotes,

“there are many myths about how Google works and, while fairly harmless in themselves, these myths tend to allow people to draw incorrect conclusions about how Google works. The purpose of this article is to correct the most popular Google myths.”

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Following is list of 10 myths. For explanation, visit Chris’ article.

  1. The Higher Your Google PageRank (PR), the Higher You’ll be in the Search Results Listing
  2. The Google Toolbar will List Your Actual PageRank
  3. PageRank is a Value Based on the Number of Incoming Links to Your Site
  4. Searching for Incoming Links on Google Using “link:” will Show you all Your Backwards Links
  5. Being Listed in the Open Directory Project Gives you a Special PageRank Bonus
  6. Being Listed in Yahoo! Gives you a Special PageRank Bonus
  7. Google Uses Meta Tags to Rank Your Site
  8. Google Will Not Index Dynamic Pages
  9. Google Will Not List Your Site, or Penalize it, if you use Popups
  10. Google will Penalize you if You’re Linked to by a Link Farm

I knew about most of them, what about you? Are you surprised?

Link: Top 10 Google Myths Revealed

Related: 6 Most Frequently Used Google Search Operators

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6 Most Frequently Used Google Search Operators For Better Searching!

image Google supports several operators which gives you more control on search results. There are too many search operators to remember. Also, not all of them are useful all the time.

So I am describing today only the most frequently used search operators alongwith real-life examples. College students will particularly find examples more interesting! 😉

>> First note common syntax of following Google search operators…

operator:parameter

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There should not be any space on either side of colon [:]

Also all search operator are case-sensitive!

 

# site: This operator is useful for searching a site and/or its subdomain.

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  • site:devilsworkshop.org will restrict search to all subdomain under devilsworkshop.org
  • site:edu will search all site in edu top domain. Useful for researchers and college students while studying and writing for papers as site:edu will restrict search results to the educational sites!

 

# filetype: You can directly use Google to search any type of files.

  • filetype:ppt to search all presentation slides. This is how I manage to create presentations just one night before! 😉
  • filetype:pdf will search only pdf files! Good for searching ebooks.
  • filetype:pdf site:edu will return all files with pdf extensions from edu domain. Useful to complete journals or study assignments!

 

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# inurl: To search something in URLs

  • inurl:md5 will find keyword md5 in URLs.
  • inurl:md5 filetype:java will return all java source files with md5 in their name or URL. How about using this to complete programming assignments in college!

Also try allinurl: operator which looks all keywords into URL only!

 

# intitle: To search something in page title. Useful when searching a too common word.

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  • intitle:md5 will return all documents having md5 in their title.
  • intitle:Hacking filetype:pdf will return all pdf files i.e. mostly ebooks and papers about hacking.

Also try allintitle: operator which looks all keywords into title only!

 

# define: To use Google search as dictionary. There are other dedicated dictionary services but none of them is as clean and fast as Google.

  • define:hacker will show meanings of hacker.
  • define:network security will return meaning of network security.
  • Note: Do not type anything before define: or combine it with other operators!
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# OR – To combine results of multiple searches! By default Google performs ANDing on keywords we use while searching. But sometimes explicit OR can help more.

  • filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc will search for pdf as well as doc files. This will help you complete your journals 
  • site:en.wikipedia.org OR site:howstuffworks.com will restrict search to Wikipedia English and How Stuff Works site!

Note OR must be in capital and it doesn’t have colon after it!

In case you are interested in complete list, its here… (printable format)

Related Google Trick: Live Cricket Scores – Just One-Click Away!

 

[Updates: A small typo fix by Vinzz]

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New Google Search Feature – Live & Recent Cricket Scores are just One-Click Away!

Just type cricket in a Google search box and you’ll see a brief score of all the current cricket matches. A single click will also give you access to a detailed cricket score card. (see following screenshot…)

Google Search Feature - Live Cricket Scores are just One-Click Away!

If you’re a diehard India fan, then type cricket india or cricket score India England to get results for Indian matches. Of course, feel free to replace India with the country of your choice for country-specific results.

If there is not any live match going on the search will return most recent matchs’ scorecard link!

Also one thing Googlers forgot to mention on their blog is, the results are simultaneously available from three sources Cricinfo, Cricbuzz & Willow. So look at green un-clickable link in result (in above screenshot its m6.willow.tv) and if its not the place where you enjoy cricket then look for clickble blue links just below it for alternate resources (in above screenshot its Cricinfo, Cricbuzz & Willow).

Thats it! For time being enjoi Twenty-20 worldcup! And in a break let us know where you enjoyit most, i.e. Cricinfo, Cricbuzz, Willow OR some other site?

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Updates – Google Search Approaching Real-Time Results!

Just noticed on Googles Officical Blog how eager they are to provide fresh search results!

While real-time search is still distinct dream what Google Search is now showing how fresh a page is among available results!

Check out following search result snippet and you will get what I am talking about

fresh+result-new

From a day level granularity to hours level granularity. Yes Google Search is heading towards real-time search!

Keep Goggling! 🙂

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Firefox Tweaks: Address bar as Search BOX – Let Google make you feel Lucky!

If you use address bar as search box in Mozilla Firefox then you can skip to advance options!

Yes in Mozilla Firefox you can just type your search query in address bar and get the search results displyed to you!

By default, whenever you hit enter after typing anything in address bar (also called navigation bar/ URL bar), Firefox checks if entered string is valid address or not! If its valid address firefox tries to load corresponding site/page for you! (Note that here if site is down or you have misspelled address, it won’t get directed to search engine). If entered string is a invalid URL, it will be submitted to Google Search and search results are returned!

If its fine with you then its great but if you want to use Google Search with I am feeling option or want to use another search engine as default then read following steps to change defaults search engine or its parameter:

Firefox Tweaks: Address bar as Search BOX

  1. Type about:config in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. A page with lots of text and 4 columns will get displayed!
  2. Type keyword.URL in filter box. The long list will be trimmed down to just one line! 🙂
  3. Right-Click on that line and select modify option. A box will be displayed.
  4. Enter any of the following string for corresponding search engine!
  5. Changes will be reflected immediately with out any restart!

#Search Engine List:

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Default Google Search (In case you want to restore originals)
http://www.google.co.in/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=

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Google Search with I’m Feeling Lucky (what the hell is difference?)
http://www.google.co.in/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

Yahoo search
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

Microsoft’s Live.com
http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?fulltext=Search&search=

Wikipedia (GO option – Feeling Like Lucky)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?go=Go&search=

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Technorati
http://www.technorati.com/search/

Glossary:

#Valid Address: A valid address is something optionally starts with protocols like HTTP (i.e. http://) and ends with domain name (e.g. .com, .org, .net, etc) and must not contain any space in between! So anything that does not this definition is a invalid address. Well firefox does not need to bother about all things and a simple check can be used – whether user entered address contains space or not!

#Google Search with I’m Feeling Lucky: From Google Search Homepage when you enter a query in search box and and instead of hitting Google Search hits I’m Feeling Lucky button, Google will redirect you to the first search result which is often what we want!

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SEO: Get higher Google pagerank by naming files and/or blog post titles optimally!

Before reading ahead…
please note that this is not something which can burst traffic to your site/blog overnight! At Devils Workshop, we are against of all kind of spamming but we value your hard-work and thus would like you to help you to get maximum out of it! Thus lazy people and spammers quit here itself!

Now for hard-workers…
Well I have lots of tricks for you guys and will post them here time to time. Lets start now without wasting your more time!

While naming your files or blog posts titles…

First lets talk about optimal filenames:

  • Never use filenames like ch1, ch2, … or 1, 2, 3, etc…
  • If you want hierarchy go for ch1-Intro, ch2-Types, etc…
  • Try to use longer filenames with as much keyword as possible.
  • If file is static HTML file then always make use of title tag : <title> also try to use title upto 100 characters.
  • Use underscore (_) instead of space to separate multiword filenames
    • e.g. use “rahul_bansal” instead of “rahul bansal”
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Now its Blog Posts Titles:

  • Make sure all keywords comes earlier!
  • Try to minimize use of junk words like of, are, hurry, surprise, important, read-this, etc atleast in first 30-40 characters.
  • Enable Post Pages which give each of your posts their own unique web page, in addition to appearing on your blog’s front page. (For Blogspot Blogger, Go to Settings >> Archiving >> Enable Post Pages and select “YES”)
  • Try to use maximum available length of blog post titles (normally upto 100 characters)

Reasoning:

  • First lemme me remind you what makes a URL (i.e. Uniform Resource Locater) with a simplest example!
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URL = <protocol e.g. HTTP> + <site name> + < optional path> + <filename>

  • Also remember title of a page is displayed in your browsers top most strip (it is often concatenated with browser name itself, but don’t bother about this browser name part)

With these two terms we will dissect now blog post titles and filenames together!

  • Blog post title forms Title of post pages as well as URL!
  • If post pages are enabled, every blog post gets converted to static HTML page with a file name which makes is part of URL!
  • Post pages are nothing but files dynamically created so again convention for file names and post page title overlaps! (thats why covering both in same post here 😉
  • Thats why I insisted similar things like keeping file names and blog post titles longer as much as possible!
  • Unfortunately for files their name and title tag need to be chosen separately!
  • For blogs post tiles goes in both places! But only first 30-40 characters of post title gets converted to filename i.e. name of post page!
  • Thats why be wise to use maximum keyword as early as possible in post title!
  • Always remember never exceed title more than 100 (while 150 is allowed). Search engine may treat you spam if they discover titles are toooooooo lengthy!

How it benefits:
First lets look at an example : A user hits Google with query – Using Orkut Mobile

The output is highlighted in following screenshot (click on it too enlarge)

Look at coloured lines

Point to be noted: Whenever a user hit a query highest weight is given to URL and blog post titles (ofcourse within same pagerank group)
Thats why all this trouble for post titles and file names! It may appear tedious but soon you will be habitual with it! Got it! 😉

Some notes… (You can skip this if I already bored you enough!)
PS1: This small looking post took my 3-4 hours! There are countless search engine optimization exist which applies to Google and other search engine also (I know only few… may be around 50) So feedback is necessary if you guys want me too spend more time writing on this issue!

PS2: This is first time I am writing on topic – SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This field is generally considered as webmasters arena but I see no reason for non-technical people to loose valuable information it carry! Thats why I tried to write keeping in mind naive user! If you think this could be written it better terms please spare some time for your valuable suggestions (via comments preferably)

PS3: is better than XBOX 360! 😛

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GWIGLE : Learn Googles Secret While Playing!

Gwigle

Gwigle is an online puzzle game that actually teaches you Google search tricks as you play. Each screen shows a few search results along with the search string at the top. One word is replaced with question marks; it’s your job to fill it in. It’s hands-on education that feels more like you’re playing a game than learning useful knowledge.

Glancing at the search results gives you clues as to what the mystery search term is. If you’re stuck, you can always hit up Google for some clues. Simply copy some of the text from Gwigle and search away.

Some of the puzzles are a little tricky and it can be difficult to find the answers, even with thorough Google research. Most of them are fairly easy, however, and won’t take you too long to complete. You can always bookmark the puzzle you’re on and come back to it later.

Gwigle is a great puzzle game for anyone, not just power Googlers-to-be. Give it a try and see if you accidentally learn something useful. U can always mail Wang as he answered to my queries fast beyond my imagination!

The game contains 16 + 7 levels (at least when I played)!

Thanks to Wang for Gwigle!

Links: Play Gwigle