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Searching the net couldn't be simpler.
Member Name: topherbenn
Advantages: The most exhaustive search engine on the net, and has a number of great features too!
Disadvantages: There's room for improvement - but isn't this always the case. For what it is, it's excellent!
For some people there's no question what company provides the best search engine on the internet, and for me I'm with the majority when I say 'Google' is the best!
'Google' was founded in 1998, and just over a decade on is worth in the region of £30 Billion, alright for a company that started off as a small search engine feature. Now the 'Google' empire has developed into various regions; 'Google Maps', 'Google Earth' and 'iGoogle'. However, regardless of all this expansion it still remains the most extensive and exhaustive search engine known to exist on the internet.
Using 'Google' is a simple as learning your abc's. Searching specifically doesn't get much harder either, and when 'Google's' search tools are becoming clever, it's no wonder that we can usually find what we are looking for on the first few pages of a search. Using quotation marks " around words groups them allowing you to get a more specific search. Ensure certain words are removed from your search by using a hyphen e.g. "-google" would remove "google" from all searches.
Not only can you search the vast knowledge of the world wide web, but 'Google's' image search also is one of the best. Search for small, medium, large or extra large images depending on what you need them for and use the special search criteria (as mentioned above) to get specialised searches. Most times I am pretty satisfied with the search results of 'Google', and only rarely do I opt for 'iStock' instead when I'm designing something and need a specific graphic. 'Google's' imagine search is perfect the majority of the time, and beats alternatives like 'Yahoo' all the time.
Along side these searches, there's a very handy shopping search, once called 'Froogle' but now 'Google Shopping', which searches well known stores and brands for the cheapest products on the market. I'll confess this is an area that needs work, as some of the most well known retail brands are no where to be seen, but it's a project for the future.
'Google Maps' and 'Google Video' are a more recent additions to the search engines vast array of features. 'Google Maps' works alongside 'Google Earth' to provide users with street maps and directions from various places. Though this probably wasn't 'Google's' intention for the feature in the initial stages of the project, I tend to use 'Google Maps' for finding out distances from place to place, it comes in very handy for working out running routes as long as you are sticking to roads. I'm yet to see pavements be apart of this, but this is a wish that will most probably never come to light because paths aren't so well recorded as roads. 'Google Video' is a great site for viewing video footage on the internet, and it uses 'Google's' exhaustive search engine so you can find what you are looking for. This part of the company isn't expanding so much what with the recent take over of 'Youtube' by the company. It seems more work is being put into 'Youtube' than 'Google Videos' but I'd rather have one great site than two that are okay so it's a good business move.
'Google' will continue to grow and grow becoming one of the largest companies in the online world, if it isn't already. If you are not yet making good use of it's features you are missing out, so head to www.google.com and check it out!
Summary: The largest and most exhaustive search engine on the net; a large multinational company.