Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource (3rd Edition)

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9780789738202: Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource (3rd Edition)

Googlepedia® Third Edition

The all-encompassing book about everything Google. Not only will you learn advanced search techniques, but you also will learn how to master Google’s web and software tools. It’s all inside!


Google Chrome

Google’s new web browser


Google Gadgets

create your own gadgets


Google Gears

turn web applications into desktop applications



use Google’s phone



create your own personal blog



Google’s web-based email service


Google Web Search

the most popular search on the Internet


Google AdSense

put profit-making ads on their own website


Google AdWords

buy keyword advertising on the Google site


Google Product Search

find hot deals without ever leaving your office chair


Google Calendar

a web-based scheduling and public calendar service


Google Desktop

search documents and emails on your PC’s hard drive


Google Docs

create and share web-based word processing and spreadsheet documents


Google Earth

a fun way to view 3D maps of any location on Earth



view and share videos over the Web


Google Groups

a collection of user-created message forums


Google Maps

maps, satellite images, and driving directions for any location



·    Use Google developer tools and APIs

     ·    Create MySpace and Facebook applications with OpenSocial

     ·    Use Google Gears to turn web-based applications into desktop applications

     ·    Use Google to search for news headlines, scholarly articles, and the best prices on the Web

     ·    Read and respond to blog postings and create your own blogs with Blogger

     ·    View the latest viral videos with YouTube

     ·    Use Android, the new Google phone

     ·    Use Google with the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch

     ·    Create maps and driving directions with Google Maps

     ·    Use Google’s free web-based email service Gmail

     ·    Create your own custom Google Maps mashups–and put customized Google search on your own website



Michael Miller has written more than 80 nonfiction how-to books, including Que’s Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, YouTube for Business, and Photopedia: The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource.


Category: Internet

Covers: Google

User Level: Intermediate to Advanced


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About the Author:

Michael Miller has written more than 80 nonfiction how-to books over the past twenty years, including Que’s Photopedia: The Ultimate Digital Photography Resource, iPodpedia: The Ultimate iPod and iTunes Resource, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, YouTube 4 You, and YouTube for Business. His 1999 book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Search Secrets, was one of the first books to cover Google (then in beta testing). Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author’s website, located at

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:



In this chapter

What's in This Book

  • Who Can Use This Book

  • How to Use This Book

  • There's More Online...

  • Get Ready to Google!

I use Google every day. I've been using it every day since it first launched—before it launched, actually, when it still had the word "beta" on its home page. I use Google because it's easy to use, and because it delivers quality results.

I'm not unusual, of course. Google is the most-used search site on the Web, and most people choose it for the same reason I do—ease-of-use and effectiveness. That's not news.

What is news, for a lot of users, anyway, is that Google is more than just simple search. Most users don't know that they can fine-tune their search in a number of interesting ways, or that they can use Google to find pictures and news articles and compact discs, or that they can use the Google search box to perform mathematical calculations and conversions, or that Google can function as a spell checker or dictionary.

It's also news to most users that Google offers a variety of products and services that have little or nothing to do with web search. Google runs the largest blogging community on the Web, hosts a must-see video-sharing community, distributes a top-notch picture-editing program, and provides free web-based email services. You might not get all this from looking at Google's attractively austere search page, but it's there, nonetheless.

All these "hidden" features are what makes Google so interesting, at least to me, and are why I wrote this book. I wanted to show other users all the cool and useful stuff I've discovered in the Google family of sites, and to share some of the tips and tricks I've developed over the years for getting the most out of Google's various products and services.

That's what Googlepedia is—a guide to everything that Google has to offer. It's not just web search (although I cover that, in much depth); Googlepedia also covers Gmail and Google Maps and Picasa and every other application and service that has come out of Google's headquarters—as well as services that Google acquired along the way, such as Blogger and YouTube. There's plenty of how-to information, of course, but also a lot of tricks and advice that even the most experienced user will appreciate.

I should note, however, that although I know a lot about what Google does and how it works, I'm not a Google insider. I don't work for Google, and had no official contact with Google while writing this book. That means I don't always take the company line; I'll tell you, as honestly as possible, when Google gets it right, when Google needs improvement, and when Google just plain sucks. (The company isn't perfect.) I'm not obligated to put on a positive face, which means you'll get the straight poop, good or bad.

What's in This Book

Google isn't just web search; the company offers a lot of different products and services, all of which I discuss somewhere in this book. Because of everything that Google does, this is a long book—46 chapters in all, organized into 10 major sections:

  • Part I: Getting to Know Google provides an inside look at Google (the company and the technology), and then shows you how to use Google's various tools to personalize your computing and web browsing experience.

  • Part II: Searching with Google is all about what Google does best—search for information. You'll learn the best ways to use Google's famous web search, as well as when to use Google's other more- targeted search services.

  • Part III: Communicating with Google shows you why Google isn't just about search; we'll discuss emailing with Gmail, instant messaging with Google Talk, blogging with Blogger, and virtual chatting with Lively.

  • Part IV: Working with Google Applications presents Google's web-based applications, including Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Google Presentations, Google Calendar, and Google Reader.

  • Part V: Viewing Images and Videos is all about pictures and videos, courtesy of Google Images and the uber-popular YouTube video- sharing site.

  • Part VI: Working with Google Maps is all about Google Maps, Google Earth, and creating your own Google Maps mashups.

  • Part VII: Using Other Google Services discusses a wide variety of useful and information-rich services, including Google News, Google Finance, Google Health, Google Checkout, and Google Sites.

  • Part VIII: Using Google on the Go is all about using Google on your mobile phone—including the Apple iPhone and the upcoming Android Google phone.

  • Part IX: Making Money with Google shows you how to optimize your website for Google search, advertise your site with Google AdWords, and put advertising on your site with Google AdSense.

  • Part X: Google for Web Developers discusses Google's tools for developers and businesses, including how to add Google to your website, analyze your site traffic, develop applications with Google's APIs and developer tools, create Google Gadgets, create OpenSocial gadgets, and take your web-based applications offline with Google Gears.

There are also two appendixes that present useful reference information, and a third that covers one of Google's most exciting new applications. Appendix A is the Google Site Directory (a complete listing of URLs for all of Google's websites), while Appendix B lists Google's advanced search operators. Handy references, both of them. And Appendix C covers Chrome, Google's very own web browser, the one that has everyone in the industry talking.

If you're wondering what's new in this third edition, the answer is "a lot." That's because the Googleverse is constantly changing; not a week goes by without some new feature being added or some old function being improved upon. To name just a few examples of new features covered in this edition that weren't around when the last edition was published, one needs to look no further than Google Knol, Google Health, Google Presentations, Google Sky, Google Sites, Google's iPhone applications, the Google phone, Lively, the OpenSocial API, and the Chrome web browser. And that's just the new stuff from Google; I've updated all the coverage in the book to reflect Google's current status quo and beefed up the coverage of Google's developer's tools.

Who Can Use This Book

Googlepedia can be used by any level of user; you don't have to be a search expert or application developer to find something of value within these pages. That said, I think this book has particular appeal to more experienced or interested users, as a lot of advanced features are presented. Still, even if you've never used Google (or Gmail or Google Maps or whatever) before, you'll find a lot of useful information here.

How to Use This Book

I hope that this book is easy enough to read that you don't need instructions. That said, there are a few elements that bear explaining.

First, there are several special elements in this book, presented in what we in the publishing business call "margin notes." There are different types of margin notes for different types of information, as you see here.

Note - This is a note that presents information of interest, even if it isn't wholly relevant to the discussion in the main text.

Tip - This is a tip that might prove to be useful for whatever it is you're in the process of doing.

Caution - This is a caution that something you might accidentally do might have undesirable results.

In most chapters, you'll also find some personal commentary, presented in the form of a sidebar. These sections are meant to be read separately, as they exist "outside" the main text. And remember—these sidebars are my opinions only, so feel free to agree or disagree as you like.

Obviously, there are lots of web page addresses in the book, like this one: When you see one of these addresses (also known as a URL), you can go to that web page by entering the URL into the address box in your web browser. I've made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the Web addresses presented here, but given the ever-changing nature of the web, don't be surprised if you run across an address or two that's changed. I apologize in advance.

The other thing you'll find in various places throughout this book is HTML code. A snippet of code might look like this:

This is a line of text.

When part of the code is italics (such as the URL in the previous example), this means that you need to replace the italicized code with your own individual information. In the previous example, you would replace URL with the full URL and filename of an image file you want to include in your auction template.

If you're a web page developer, you'll know what to do with this code. If you're not, you might want to skip over those sections. (You don't have to be a developer to use Google, of course.)

There's More Online...

I urge you to move outside the Google universe from time to time and visit my personal website, located at

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