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Thursday, August 28, 2008

How to be a pro at Google

My friend and coworker, Brad Turner, once joked that if asked what search engine he used he would say "David Lundell". While I do have a way of phrasing my searches just so, I thought I would point everyone to some great lessons on how to be better at google. I learned about these from a former business associate, Gary Thede, now the President of Boost eLearning.

Check out the following 3 free lessons from Boost eLearning on how to be a pro at googling!

Their three free lessons are part of a bigger pack of 20 lessons. The lessons are all done in the same format: Intro, followed by an Overview, followed by the formula, a couple of lessons on application of the formula, a few tips on the limitations, a quick example for you to try (it doesn't connect you to google), and then a conclusion (see the tabs towards the top of the screenshot:

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They have 3 free lessons: 1) Phrase Searching, 5) Wildcards, and 10) FileType Operator (see the above screenshot).

 

The complete list of lessons is here

http://www.boostelearning.com/lessons.htm

If Steve Ballmer wants live.com to be more competive with Google he could do worse than invite/entice Boost Elearning to develop something similar for live.com! I have not tested these techniques on live.com, only on google and just the techniques from the free lessons, but the rest of the lessons do look intriguing.

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