Thursday, September 18, 2008

Google Services

Google Services

The following are some of the popular and innovative services offered by Google and

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Google Answers

Google Answers is an interesting cross between ‘online marketplace’ and probably a

‘virtual classroom’. Those who wish to participate must register with Google Answers.

Here, the researchers who have considerable expertise in online researching provide

answers to the queries posted by other users for a fee. When a user posts a question, he

or she also needs to mention the price the user is willing to pay in case the question is

answered. When the question is answered by any user, then the payment is made

accordingly to the user answering the question. Moreover, the questions and the

discussion that ensues will be publicly viewable and other registered users can also share

their opinions and insights.

There is a non-refundable listing fee of $0.50 per question plus an additional 'price' you

set for your question that reflects how much you're willing to pay for an answer. Three-

quarters of your question price goes directly to the Researcher who answers your

question; the remaining 25 percent goes to Google to support the service.

Google Groups

Google Groups is an online discussion forum and it contains the entire archive of Usenet

discussion groups dating back to 1981. These discussions cover the full range of human

dissertation and present a fascinating look at evolving viewpoints, debate and advice on

every subject from politics to technology. Users can access all of this information all in a

database that contains more than 800 million posts by using the search feature of Google.

Google’s Image Search

Google offers a wide collection of images from around the web; its comprehensive

database consists of more than 425 million images. All a user has to do is to enter a

query in the image search box, then click on the "Search" button. On the results page, by

clicking the thumbnail a larger version of the image can be seen, as well as the web page

on which the image is located. By default, Google's Image Search uses its mature content

filter on the initial search by any user. The filter removes many adult images but it cannot

guarantee that all such content will be filtered out. It is not possible to ensure with 100%

accuracy that all mature content will be removed from image search results using filters.

Google analyzes the text on the page near the image, the image caption and dozens of

other factors which enables it to determine the image content. Google also utilizes several

sophisticated algorithms which make it possible to remove duplicates and it in turn

ensures that the highest quality images are presented first in the results. Google’s Image

search supports all the complex search strategies like Boolean operators, etc.

Google’s Catalog Search

Google offers a unique service in the form of its Catalog Search. Google’s Catalog

Search has made it easy to find information published in mail-order catalogs that were

not previously available online. It includes the full content of hundreds of mail-order

catalogs selling everything from industrial adhesives to clothing and home furnishings.

Google’s Catalog Search can help you if you are looking to buy for either yourself or for

your business.

The printed copies of catalogs are scanned and the text portion is converted into a format

which makes it easy for users to search for the catalog. The same sophisticated algorithm

employed by the Google Web Search is then employed to search for catalogs. This

makes sure that most recent and relevant catalogs are displayed. Google is not

associated with any catalog vendors and is not liable for any misuse of this service on

part of the users.


The word ‘froogle’ is a combination of the word ‘frugal’ which means ‘penny-wise’ or

‘economical’ and of course ‘Google’. Currently in its beta version, or testing format,

Froogle is a recent concept put forth by Google. Google’s spidering software crawls the

web looking for information about products for sale online. It does so by focusing

entirely on product search and applying the power of Google's search technology to

locate stores that sell items you want and consequently pointing you to that specific store.

Just like the Google Web Search, Froogle also ranks store sites based only on their

relevance to the search terms entered by the users. Google does not accept payment for

placement within their actual search results. Froogle also includes product information

submitted electronically by merchants. Its search results are automatically generated by

Google’s ranking software.