Google’s Recipe View a Delicious Idea!

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

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Social Climber: Google Revamps Its Search

The social relevance of search results took on new importance today as Google announced a fresg revamp of its social search features.  To quote the company’s Project Management Director Mike Cassidy on Google’s blog, “[R]elevance isn’t just about pages—it’s also about relationships.”  Google is leveraging those relationships by bringing an even greater social emphasis to its search results. Google rolled out its social search functionality back in 2009.  Since then, there have been some small changes here and there.  Today’s announced overhaul, however, is a major step in a bold direction.  Starting today, users will get more information from the people that matter to them, whether that info is being published onYouTube, Flickr or even their own blogs and sites.  How will this manifest in the search results?  Well, social search results will now be mixed right into the results list based on their relevance.  Annotations will tell you which of your friends posted the information and where.  Previously, social search results

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Zuula is Power Searching in a Zip!

Does that fact that running the same search on different search engines often results in wildly different results bother you?  It bothers us at iBraryGuy.  If you are like us, you probably will run an important search in various search engines just to make sure you did not miss anything.  This can be both cumbersome and time-consuming.  Well it could . . . until Zuula came along and made power searching a whole lot easier. What is Zuula?  The name may sound odd, but we library types know better than to judge a book by its cover.  We judge it by its content and our contentment.  Give Zuula a try and you will see that it’s got some great features that are bound to make you happy.  Let’s start by saying what Zuula is not.  It is not a mere metasearch in the classic definition.  Though Zuula searches across various search engines, it does not simply aggregate and rank results

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Google’s new look causes a stir.

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

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Spokeo takes people searching to a whole new level!

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

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