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Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource

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A book by Michael Miller

Google is much more than a search engine, but most people don't know how to access the other features. This is a big, big book and it will show you the ropes. Get high altitude photos of almost any urban area and have Google label the roads. Have … see full wiki

Author: Michael Miller
Publisher: Que
1 review about Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource

But ... why?

  • Apr 18, 2007
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I would be the last person to complain about turning to books for information, and am even willing to argue that reading a well-done book about something can in some cases be an adequate substitute for experiencing it directly. But after looking through the nearly 800 pages of the "Google-pedia," I am still not entirely sure why it's necessary or for whom it is intended.

In my experience (and I admit to being a heavy user of Google products), Google specializes in two things: online searches -- obviously -- and also in making their products easy to understand and work with. I frankly saw very little in this "Google-pedia" that a user couldn't find in Google's own help documentation, or even figure out intuitively just from poking around the various sites and programs.

Perhaps it is easier or less intimidating for people less comfortable with the 'Net to have this kind of information readily available in book form instead of having to search for it online. In that case, this might be a decent enough introduction to the wealth of ways Google can facilitate (or monopolize, if you see it that way) your online experience. But I would suspect that more experienced users won't really find a whole lot in these pages they didn't already know or couldn't figure out with a minimal amount of curiosity and effort.

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