The Power of Google Search

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

We're all fascinated with the power of Google search and we spend countless hours trying to get a feel for how it works and how we can make it work for us. And every once in a while, we discover that Google search is much more complex and powerful than we have imagined. Such is the case with a recent story in BoingBoing.net - Search Masterclass.

Google Earth Model

Daniel Russell, a Google research scientist, showed an audience a picture of a random building in an unnamed city and asked the question, "What's the phone number of the office where this picture was snapped?"

It would be difficult enough to get the phone number of the building. But the phone number of the office where the photographer was standing when he took it? Seriously?

He then proceeded to describe how Google Search can be used to get the correct answer.

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Check out his blog post - Answer: Where are you?

When you get your composure back, you might want to bookmark his blog. This is seriously good stuff!

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Bryan Robertson
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Google has been able to find a lot of information on various people and places.  As long as we keep working on the keywords and other clues, the information is out there.

 

June 26, 2012 01:06 PM #1
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Dick that is awesome sleuth work.  I can see how we could do that -in our spare time just for fun!

June 26, 2012 01:41 PM #2
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Bryan & Anna - Thanks for your comments. The information revolution is truly upon us, and if you dig around on Daniel Russel's blog, you'll be amazed at what is possible - and soon probably automated. This is one of those "Oh Wow!" technology epiphanies that seem to be coming more frequently these days.

June 26, 2012 02:13 PM #3
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Donna Foerster
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Dick~ Google is just way to powerful for my comprehension.  I'm doing my best to learn how to get the SEO and Google juice and that's taken several years!

June 26, 2012 02:15 PM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Google has made researching things like this much easier.  I come from a radio production background, and my job in the days before the internet, was finding out the stuff that was not so easy to find out.  I think sometimes the current generation has no idea how lucky they are to have information like this at their fingertips.

June 26, 2012 02:19 PM #5
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That is absolutely mindboggling.  In fact it is almost frightening to know the scope of information you can glean with Google.

June 26, 2012 02:45 PM #6
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Whoa, I'm guessing this is overall a good thing? It is extraordinary how intimate the world is becoming...

June 26, 2012 02:59 PM #7
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Dick,

This is good stuff.  However, like Debb I wonder about the overall effect of that.  Thanks for sharing this, it is certainly food for thought.  A

June 26, 2012 03:47 PM #8
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John Pusa
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Dick - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on the power of google search.

June 26, 2012 05:43 PM #9
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Kathy Sheehan
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Dick, I have bookmarked this blog because it is seriously good stuff!!!

June 26, 2012 06:09 PM #10
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Okay, I'm short on time tonight but bookmarked to come back and explore.  It is mindblowing that the info from search can be that specific.

June 26, 2012 06:39 PM #11
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And I thought I was good at stalking, but I yield to this MASTER STALKER!  Great story.

June 26, 2012 08:08 PM #12
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Justin & Krystal Knott
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Wow Dick this is crazy!!!  It pays to never give up and keep trying to find the answer, it seems like anything is possible.  Have a lovely evening!  --Krystal

June 26, 2012 09:56 PM #13
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koooorazy! Its beyond scary the stuff google has control over. Did bookmark and thanks for this I will be referring to it often!

June 26, 2012 11:06 PM #14
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Hello?  Big Brother?  Yes, it's me, Suzanne.  But, you already knew that.  And, here I thought the government would end up being Big Brother! Ha!  Google will own us all eventually.

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