Thursday, June 4, 2009

Google Squared launched. Good to play with.

In the past few weeks we have seen a number of new search engine launches. First there was Wolfram Alpha, then Microsoft Bing and now Google Squared. Google Squared is a new experimental search engine from Google Labs that puts search results in a neat spreadsheet type layout, broken down into categories.

Search “cell phones”, and you will get a list of phones, a brief description, technology used, band etc. You can add more rows and columns to the results. Click the Add button and select one from the suggested or create your own categories. The results aren’t that great but the information is easy to read. Depending upon what you search, you could get either perfect results or utter chaos. Try “US presidents” and you will get everything you want to know on one single page. Now try “word war 2” and the results are a mixture of people, events and places all thrown together in disorder.

Google Squared works for search terms that are concrete and easy to comprehend. When you search “US presidents” you want to know about the people who held that position and nothing else. But “word war 2” is a broad term and so confuses the search engine. And occasionally Google Squared goofs up. I tried "Intel Core i7", and this is what I got.

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Also search for “Microsoft Bing” and “Wolfram Alpha” draws blank. Probably business rivalry :) Like Wolfram Alpha, Google Squared is nice to play with for a few minutes, but eventually you will return back to traditional search.

1 comment:

  1. Google Squared appears to be similar to my patent application:

    Frankly, I am getting a Déjà vu effect while going through the “Google Squared” application because it appears to be very similar in function to my United States patent application which was filed on April 12, 2007 and as publicly disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on October 16, 2008, when the patent application was published.

    My patent application is titled as “Method And System For Research Using Computer Based Simultaneous Comparison And Contrasting Of A Multiplicity Of Subjects Having Specific Attributes Within Specific Contexts” bearing Document Number “20080256023” and Inventor name “Nair Satheesh” which may be viewed at http://patft.uspto.gov/ upon Patent Applications: Quick Search.

    Google Squared appears to be using at least some if not many of the same methods and systems as set forth by me more than two years ago in my patent application. In fact there are many more methods and systems disclosed in my patent application which I believe will help resolve certain inaccuracies found in current Google Squared application.

    I have issued legal notices to Google through my Patent Attorney in the US but Google has not responded yet to any of my notices.

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