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The single box no frills interface of Google hides a labyrinth of sideshows that we hardly come across. It was the same with me. I never knew of the existence of these “˜hidden’ Google pages till I stumbled across them at the unofficial Google blog. They might not give you immediate returns like a Google search or a Google News alert, but they sure do break up the humdrum-ness of Googling.
So in no particular order, here’s the roll call of Google pages which are only hidden because we don’t know about them.
Call it good timing but I discovered it in time as Mother’s Day is around the corner. This page was apparently created by the Google staff to honor their mothers.
If it’s still about love, then Google Hearts is worth a dekko. There’s another mirror here. Just click the little bouncing heart applet and watch it play! Click on Find to find ways to say “˜I Love You’ in different tongues through a search query.
Google Holiday Logos (or Google Doodles)
It’s a motley of Google holiday logos that have been developed by the artists for special occasions. We notice them on the Google pages when some special date comes along. All that effort has been posted on this page for posterity and nostalgic pleasure. While you are here, also visit the other links – Inside Google, Official Logos and Fan Logos given on the sidebar. And yes, don’t feed the kangaroo.
Dilbert and the Google Doodle/h2>
Panels showing five Dilbert cartoons, the only ones which appeared on Google.
Google sets lets you automatically create group of items by entering a few examples. For instance, enter the name of a few cities located around a region and a press of a button gives you an entire list of nearby cities. It is said to be one of the earliest Google Labs projects which never really escaped the test tube. I am not really sure of how it can be useful but it can be used with the Google Keyword tool to broaden a list of keywords.
I think it is more appropriately called Google Friends. The monthly Google Friends newsletter keeps a Google buff interested with latest product breaks and information. It is a very helpful resource if you are into everything that’s Google. For instance, the April newsletter mentions YouTube Realtime which lets you see which of your friends are online and helps interactivity.
Google – Building a better query
This may not be a hidden page but it is certainly an overlooked one. Having this bookmarked goes a long way in improving search results. A good companion to this is the page on advanced search tips.
This page lets you peek into what people are searching for at a particular point in time. It has four valuable tools/services – Google Trends, Trends for Websites, Insights for Search and Hot Trends. It’s not only a great way to see what people are searching for but it also adds value to the internet marketer to the search engine specialist. You can view Zeitgeist results all the way back to 2001 in the archives.
Google Search Statistics from 9/11/01
This page is an offshoot from Google Zeitgeist which shows a snapshot of the search queries on the terrorist attacks. News related queries on this tragic Tuesday were 60 times greater than the previous day. Also catch the tribute paid by Google to those who lost their lives in the attack.
The Google Easter Egg
Help the bunny catch the eggs which spell “˜Google’ and catch a smidgen of fun in between your querying.
I have just taken a by lane here and there into the maze that’s Google. There are many such pages which make up the Google experience. Some are useful and some are just a mish-mash of what Googlers do in their lunch hours.
Maybe you know some of them. Let’s get these pages out in the open.