As a foodie and home chef, I am almost ashamed to say that I have stopped buying cookbooks. I used to love and treasure them. But with so many recipes available online these days, it almost seems a waste to spend the money. Of course, some are indispensable and I have my favorites with which I will never part (I may have my vegan slow cooker book cremated with me when I go!). But for the most part, I can find almost any recipe I want these days on the internet. Thanks to Google’s new Recipe View, recipe searches just got even easier! Mon Deiu, what would Madame Child say?
Using the new Recipe View is easy-peasy and the functionality works like butter. [Yes, we are having a good time with this one!] Simply run a Google search for a recipe name or ingredients. When you get your list of results, simply go to the left-hand side of the screen and choose “Recipes”. When you click, your list is culled to only those results that are actually recipes. Want to refine your search further by focusing on specific ingredients, cook times, or calories? You can! Just go back to the left side of the window and use one of the new filters that has appeared. It is easier than boiling water!
You can read more about Google’s new Recipe View here. Now get cooking!
Google unveiled a brand new look for its industry-dominating search engine yesterday. The new 3-Column format is designed to make filtering searches and drilling down results easier than ever. Some folks are praising the new interface. Others, if you are following the comments on the various news feeds and blogs, are outraged and want their old Google back. While no one can make everyone happy, when a giant like Google makes even the smallest change, you are certain to hear a great deal from both sides. Suffice it to say that the new changes are worth a good, hard look.
Google’s new user interface is clean and uncluttered. It is also very logical and user-friendly. No longer do you have to hunt for search options. They are all in the left column. Filtering by content type (news, blogs, video, etc.) or timeliness (latest, past month, etc) is as easy as clicking. check out the “related searches” and “wonder wheel” links for some truly interesting functionality. The “Something Different” section on the left gives you even more to think about while conducting your searches. What you see in the left column is just the surface. As you begin to drill into the search options, even more functionality reveals itself (filtering by date ranges, choosing just pages with photos, etc.). It is really powerful stuff!
Search results now appear in the middle column of the page and look like they always have. Of course, selecting any of the search options on the left will change the list you see. Drilling down is thus interactive, easy, and immediate. As it should be! The right column is for ads, of course. After all, someone has to pay for innovation (and to keep it free for the rest of us!). Other changes worth noting are the new look of the Google logo (not so 3D-y anymore) and page footer (much cleaner).
So what is there to complain about with so much search optimization and customization so readily and obviously available? Well, if you read the comments on the various news and search engine blogs, it appears that Google stalwarts fear two things. First, they miss the minimalist look of the Google search page – a look that many say set Google apart from the rest. Second, they fear that Google is trying too hard to compete with the “rest”. Many are pointing out that Google looks and feels a lot like Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
Though Google still dominates the market, Bing has steadily grown to a 10% share in search engine preference. Is the new look of Google a reaction to Bing’s challenge? Maybe. Will it drive enough people away to hurt Google’s own marketshare? We think not. The iBraryGuy team is impressed by Google’s new interface. It is the epitome of searching elegance, bolstered by the power that only Google can deliver.
There are many good sites out there to help you find people. From specialty search sites to major search engines to social networks, information on individuals is plentiful on the internet. What sets Spokeo apart from most of the standard people search sites is that it brings all of this scattered, public information together in one place. To quote its homepage, Spokeo is “not your grandma’s phonebook”!
Spokeo’s user interface is deceptively simple. You just need to enter either a name, an e-mail address, or phone number to start your search. What happens after you enter the search is complex and powerful. Spokeo doesn’t simply search the web. It actually aggregates data from hundreds of online and offline sources, including: phone directories, social networks, marketing surveys, mailing lists, government census, real estate listings, and even business websites. It’s hard to find a people search that is more thorough and still publicly available.
What Spokeo returns in response to a search query is fascinating – almost frightening, actually. Profile information, photos, blog postings, social network memberships, interests, lifestyle indicators, education, household information, wealth and credit estimates, and even neighborhood demographics. It really is an impressive overview of the person for whom you are searching. Of course, it also begs the question of what people can find out about you. For those who are concerned about the reach of Spokeo, you can actually opt out of having your information aggregated by the site.
Basic use of Spokeo is free. There is a premium pricing plan that delivers even more robust information and more detailed reports. Given the amount of information the free search returned, we were almost curious enough to get the paid membership a try!