That’s called Google Fu (like Kung Fu... get it... lame joke but lets roll with it!), the ability to use search engines to whip up answers and research faster than a contestant on a radio quiz. There are 4 main levels to becoming a Google Fu master.
Level 1 Mastery: Tell It What You Need: Google is smart and can understand “conversational searches”. Let’s say you came across a great recipe online, but the measurements were imperial. Google has you covered. Simply tell it what you want to convert, and what into. [number] [unit] into [unit]
The ‘tell it what you need’ formula works for a multitude of questions – here are a few more formats to give you the idea.
- Release dates: [movie/game] release date
- Fast facts: [name of person] death
- Stats: [city] population
Level 2 Mastery: Limiting Results Type: Did you know with one additional click, you can tell Google that you only want images. Or videos. Or News, maps, shopping, books or apps. Your initial results are presented as a combination of all types – you can see the ALL tab highlighted up the top. Just click the tab to indicate which result type you’re looking for.
Level 3 Mastery: Using Drop Downs: One of the most popular Google Fu moves is to limit results to sites from a particular country. This is great for locating bargains or local businesses. Click SEARCH TOOLS to drop down a second menu. You’ll see the option to limit Country and even Time. 2 extra clicks and my search is now limited to the United States and items from the past 7 days only.
Level 4 Mastery: Using Operators: Your final level of mastery, often used as a last resort when you’re beginning to doubt whether the internet has the answer you’re seeking.
Adding a – directly in front of a word (no space) means display everything that contains my other search terms, but doesn’t contain this term.
Finally, enclosing your search terms in “quotation marks” binds the term together so Google can’t break it up. E.G. “Project Management” or "Layer 2 Computers"
Your Google Fu will soon be very strong. Have a great search top? Share it in the comments below.