Google New Like-Image Search and News Timeline

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Search Engine News, Web News

Google employees get 20% of their time to work on non-assigned projects. Sometimes when they do, the result is some pretty cool stuff that Google adds to its products.

This time, Google has announced that two 20% projects have made their way into Google Labs (aka Google’s experimental playground). The two projects are “Similar Images” and “Google News Timeline.”

Last week, we brought you word that Google News had introduced a “Timeline of Articles.” This new timeline that’s launching in Labs is different.

The Labs timeline looks like a calendar with a bunch of news stories. An on-site scrollbar helps users find more stories for a given day:

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Meanwhile, Similar Images does pretty much what the name implies. Start off by searching for an image. In this case, I typed in the name of one of my favorite shows on TV, Chuck (starring Zachary Levi, don’t cancel it, NBC, don’t!):

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In the results, I look for an image I’m interested in and click the blue link underneath that says “Similar Images”

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As you can see, the results are really good!

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You may remember that recently the official Google Image search recently added a color filter. It works quite good as well. It’s nice to see these advances in image search from the Google team.


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Google Scholar: a Plagiarist’s Dream?

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Email Marketing, Graphic Design, SEO, Search Engine News, Technology, Web News

Google Scholar – in beta since 2004 – epitomizes the problems of the internet. It provides easy access to advanced research that can be used by students – but whether it is used for citations or to plagiarize is the deeper problem.

The site uses an academic approach to ranking. “Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appears, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most relevant results will always appear on the first page.”

What plagiarists must know is that professors know how to use it as well to check if they are cheating. There are even sites like turnitin.com where teachers can submit papers and have them checked for originality.

Without a doubt Google Scholar helps improve access to academic research for students, and students are becoming well aware that teachers are tech savvy as well. If used properly it is a great example of the benefits the web provides.

Google Scholar has even released a toolbar plug in for Firefox browsers.


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Search Google Images by Colour

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Search Engine News

Google has added a handy color filter to its image search. Simply conduct the search and then look for the color box to filter down the search.

Interestingly, you get different results if you actually type the color in with your search. The screenshots below show:

1. a general search for “bike”
2. a general search for “bike” with color filter set to “green”
3. a search for “green bike” with color filter set to “Show all colors”

(Also, color filter didn’t show up for a search for “ice cream”)

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Med Students to Answer Health Searches

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Search Engine News

Health search engine Healia will be getting some assistance from medical students to help answer questions in the community section of their site. The feature is a results of a partnership with the American Medical Student Association.

Between 75% and 80% of U.S. internet users have searched online for health information, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

If you’ve ever been in a health forum, you know that finding answers can get a little crazy. Oftentimes, it turns into a Worst Case Scenario portfolio.

Sites such as WebMD or MayoClinic.com provide good information, but if you have a nuanced question, they may not have what you’re looking for.

It will be interesting to see if having med students on Healia can fill this gap in online health information. At the very least, it’s great that tomorrow’s doctors will experience how their patients approach health care online. Hopefully it can help them incorporate technology, internet, and even search into their practices.


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