Look Mom. Look What Google Can Do

 If you have used the internet, you have probably used Google to search for something. However, Google can do a whole lot more than help you search for something on the internet.

If you want to know how Google sees your home, search for your full street address in Google. Click the Google Maps link at the top of the search results and it will show you a local street map. You can then click a link to see a real street view of your home.

If you would like directions to drive somewhere, search for the address, then click the “directions to here” link. Type in your starting location and you will be given turn-by-turn directions. If you click the little camera icon on the directions, you can look at a street view of each turn along the way.

If you want to buy something on the internet, once you search for an item like “Panasonic Digital Camera”, there will be a link at the top “Shopping”. Click this link and Google will show you a list of cameras for sale across the internet.  There are also links for you to see images, videos and news about the item you are searching for.

If you want to know quickly what the weather will be like for the next few days, type in “Swainsboro weather” and Google will tell you the current weather and forecast for the next four days.

Do you want to know the status of any major airline flight, type in the flight number like NW2545 and Google will show you the actual departure time, whether it is late and its estimated arrival time.

Do you want to track a package being shipped by UPS, FedEx or USPS? If you have the tracking number, type it into Google and Google will give you a links to track the status of your shipment.

Google can also act like a smart calculator. You can get a quick answer for “36% of 250”, plus most other normal calculator functions. However, the Google calculator goes beyond that. If you want to know how much $250 Australian dollars is in US dollars, type in “250AUD in USD” and Google will tell you. The Google calculator can also convert miles to kilometers, Fahrenheit to Celsius, plus most other conversions.

Google can also quickly tell you the time in most cities in the world by typing “time in New York” or any other city. Google will show you the actual current time.

Google can also be your handy dictionary. Type in “define:apple” and you will get a whole range of definitions for apple.

The other search engines like Yahoo and Microsoft Live have similar features. In fact, Microsoft Live is coming out with some nice new features. Go to www.live.com and do some exploring.

2 thoughts on “Look Mom. Look What Google Can Do

  1. Now for the big question… How did they get those street views???

    Have asked several people and no one seems to know. I have looked up places in metro and some very rural places. Can’t think of any other way except driving virtually every street in the USA. One theory is that google partnered with the US Post Service or UPS and had cameras on the vehicles.

    Anyway, if you know how they do it, please tell me.

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