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Internet searches


Of course I’ve been doing  searches for a while but I’ve learned a few new tricks since doing these lessons.

I’ve found out about Google Maps where they list some local businesses. In fact the G God has just changed the system. They used to list 5 businesses to show up on their search results (get the jargon?) but now they’ve limited it to 5. No idea why but it’s probably something to do with profit.

And I’ve also discovered that there are lots more search engines than just Google. Who’d have thought? So I’ve been trying out Yahoo and Bing, which I think are the next 2 most popular, but I have to say that I find G better. I suppose it’s what you get used to.

I’ve also discovered that you can get more “search results” per page by going into settings, then search settings, and you can set it to show up to 100 results. I suppose that might be useful if you’re doing a lot of searches.

Then you can put in quotation marks “thus” to get more specific searches. For example if you want to search a specific phrase only those results will come up.

And I found out that the results you see on the search engine are really like photos or snapshots of pages. They “trawl” all the sites on the internet with little robots, bots I think they call them, and take these shots. Then when someone searches they show all these. So it’s not like they’re showing realtime results, because some may be days or even weeks old. I suppose that’s why sometimes you find the links to pages don’t work.

I’m sure I’ve learned a lot more but I’ve got brain freeze now.

Anyhow I shall be using some of my new-found knowledge soon because our friends Deidre and Paul are going to get married next year and I’ve been tasked with sourcing a nice car. It’s the second time around for them both so it won’t be a big white affair but they want something classy. I’ll report back on my findings next time.

Meanwhile my Facebook page is coming along, though I’m not sure I’ll continue with it because it just seems full of gossip and it’s getting a bit tiresome.

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