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Faster Google Searches

Searching on Google has become second nature for all of us but there’s still a lot we can learn about how to search faster and more effectively.

Here are some of the key tips from an expert:

  • Think an extra second about what it is you are really asking for

Here is a search example “What is the distance to the sun?”

It seems simple. But where are you measuring from? 

  • Don’t include your answer in a search

People sometimes include the expected answer into their search. It’s better to ask, “What is the average length of an octopus” rather than “Is the average length of an octopus 21 inches?” 

  • Use ‘context’ search terms

Numerous “context” terms will help you better pinpoint a search, including words such as lesson, background, summary, tutorial, define and history.

  • Search by voice for a spelling

Use your voice if you are unsure of the spelling of a word, pneumonia, for example. Using voice or text, you can also determine how a word is pronounced.

From: Senior Google research scientist Daniel M. Russell’s “The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide Going Beyond The Basics” and USA TODAY


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