Google Announces Online 'Power Search' Course

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    Become a Google power searcher

    http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/become-google-power-searcher.html

    Bit late as it starts today! But it could be interesting, think I'll sign up. :)
     
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    That looks really interesting, let us know what you learn if you do decide to do the course :)
     
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    Well i did the first day yesterday after posting the OP. As suspected the first class was very basic, general stuff that most of us would probably know already, Search basics essentially.

    I'm not sure how advanced its going to get, or if it will keep my attention til the end, but i'll give it a go, its not difficult. :D

    There are 6 Classes, each consisting of 6 Lessons. Schedule below.
    The first class took about 30-40 mins, and most of that was watching the videos.

    I shall let you know how i get on will the next one! :user:
     
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    Well, i just passed with a score of 100%!! :dance:

    Post class assessment was actually a bit tricky! Some really random question which required you to search though books then search what you just found out to get to the answer they are looking for!

    Certificate for me! :D
     
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    Nice work :)

    Would you say it was worth doing and you learnt new stuff from it? I can't see if any of the vids are still available, but I'm sure they'll have ended up on YouTube by now ;).
     
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    Excellent work, well done! :thumb:

    Did you learn anything useful?
     
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    The videos are all on YT, their just not public. I can post one up if you want.

    Yes and no, I learned one or two new things, not so much search tools like operators and filters, but more ideas of how to get the result your looking for.

    It was about using things like site:, filetype:, OR, Date/time filtering, quotes and the minus sign etc. If anything it will make me thing about how i search for things in the future rather than just typing something in and hitting search if that makes sense..

    It would be good for people that didn't have a clue or had little knowledge of how to use Google effectively, like maybe the 'older generation' as they would have the most to learn.

    If nothing else i can say i am a power searcher! Hmmmm, i wonder if i could put it on my C.V!? :lol:
     
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    I don't want to get you in to trouble if they aren't already in public :blush:.

    I must admit, the filetype: and site: filters are extremely handy, although I only learnt that there are also number filters a few weeks ago. For example, if you wanted to search for Office 2003,2007 and 2010 threads on PCR, you can search for:

    Code:
    [B]site:pcreview.co.uk "Office 2003..2012"[/B]
    The two dots between numbers allow you to search for ranges. Handy :D.
     
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    Tbh, i'm sure it wont be an issue, but i was thinking more about the site if i post one of them up, i just dont want you or PCR getting in any kind of trouble, though i would be very suprised if anything would come of it.. :)

    Yep thats it, that and the - sign are very handy, and even though i did know about htem i still didn't actually use them as often as i could/should have. Which now i intend to change! :)
     
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