Originally published in The Clarion | September 12, 2012
I saved one of my most favorite features of the Google Chrome browser for this article as it leads into a new topic as well. This feature is one that, at least to my knowledge, doesn’t exist in other browsers or at least isn’t as user-friendly as in Chrome. By using keyboard shortcuts (which I do very frequently), searching the Web is a breeze in Chrome. While the Address Bar in all browsers is just that – a place in which to type the URL of the destination you wish to reach, Chrome’s Address Bar can also be used as a place to execute Web searches using Google.com. By using one of my favorite browser shortcuts – Control and the letter T, a new browser tab is opened with the cursor conveniently at my disposal in the Address Bar. From here I can easily type whatever search string I wish, hit the Enter key and just like magic, I am presented with search results from Google. I cannot tell you how convenient this feature is for someone like me who relies on the Web for both work and personal use essentially every day.
Odds are good that not many of you have ever really considered the art of searching the Web. I refer to it as an art simply because it is an action that some of us are simply better at than others. By learning tips and tricks and with some practice, perfecting the art of Web searching is not a difficult goal to achieve. Sure this may sound strange, but an example or two should help you better understand where I am coming from.
Since it is (finally) that time of the year once again, we’ll use football as our Web search topic of choice. While most people either love the sport or hate it, the simple truth is there is a plethora of information on the Web about all aspects of football. Let’s say you get out of bed on a Sunday morning and wish to find the late scores for Division 1 College Football from the night before. Using my nifty Chrome trick, or searching however you wish for that matter, odds are pretty decent that simply searching the term ‘football’ will not readily get you what you’re looking for. Sure this seems like common sense to many of us – but for some, it may be the logical thing to do. I personally believe that smart Web searching is as much, if not more, about the combination of terms that are searched for than the ability of the search engine itself. Afterall, as someone mentioned in an article that I read not too long ago, the Web is full of nothing more than articles/information/data/etc. written and presented by human beings. Next week we will evaluate smart searching even more.