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Google Friends Newsletter for March 2004

Google Goes Wide.. More Relevant Results Added
 •  Here a billion, there a billion - our index gets a bit bigger
 • Double vision - twice as many images as before

Google Goes Deep... New Ways To Use Google
 •  Hidden treasures - uncover five new ways to use Google
 • Dutch treat - Google Toolbar now in Dutch - and Chinese and Korean
 • Worldwide alerts - Google News Alerts in more languages

And The Crowd Goes Wild... Awards and Accolades
 •  Search Engine Watch Awards - keeping their eye on Google
Brand new all over again - Google stays "Brand of the Year"
Raves for the Rover - Google logos take off

Building Momentum... Google Going Places
 • A World of Talent - Google Engineering in Switzerland, India
 •  Encouraging women in Computer Science - Anita Borg scholarships
Same URL, different address - Google moves


Dear Google Friends:

With the year well underway, we have much to share with you in the way of Google news. From changes in the scope of our index to new tools for extracting just the right information from all that data, Google continues to innovate and grow. We hope you'll find this update of interest and will use the information to make your own searching more productive.

The Google Team


Google Goes Wide.. More Relevant Results Added

Here a billion, there a billion - our index gets a bit bigger

Google announced in January that its index of web pages searched had experienced something of a growth spurt. More than a billion items were added to the already sizeable number of documents, images and Usenet posts Google examines to find relevant results. That brings the total number to 4.28 billion web pages, 880 million images, 845 million Usenet messages and a growing collection of book-related information pages. Hard to believe that a couple of years ago, a billion seemed like such a big number.

Read more at: http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/6billion.html

Double vision - twice as many images as before

The images element of our index increase is so substantial as to merit another mention. Effectively, Google now searches twice as many images as it did last month. You can search by image size, format (JPEG and/or GIF) coloration and by the site or domain on which the images appear. So now you're much more likely to find exactly the image you need for that homework project or business proposal. After all, Google is all about helping you look good.

Do your image searching at: http://images.google.com


Google Goes Deep... New Ways To Use Google

Hidden treasures - uncover five new ways to use Google

Google does lots of little tricks. You probably know already that you can enter ticker symbols to get links to stock quotes, street addresses to get links to maps and numeric expressions to use Google as a calculator. Here are a few new features that you might not have tried yet.

* Area Codes
With the proliferation of U.S. area codes, it's not easy to figure out who's calling from where these days. Now you can enter a 3-digit U.S. area code into any Google search box for a link to a map of that area code's location.

Example: http://www.google.com/search?q=650

* Universal Product Codes (UPC)
Is your checkout scanner on the fritz? Find out more about a product by entering its UPC code into the Google search box. The UPC code is the number on the bottom of the zebra striped bar code displayed on most product packages.

Example: http://www.google.com/search?q=073333531084

* Flight tracking
Attention, travelers (and those picking you up): find the status of a U.S. flight without delay. Just type a flight number into the Google search box (for example, USAir 50) to see a direct link to that
flight's status information.

Example: http://www.google.com/search?q=usair+50

* Vehicle ID (VIN) numbers
Want to learn a little more about that car you're about to buy? Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), then type it into Google for a link to a page with more information about the year, make and model of a specific car.

* Package tracker
Eager to find out what happened to that fruitcake you ordered last December? Enter a tracking number for any package from UPS, Federal Express, or the U.S. Postal Service in any Google search box and you'll see a direct link to information about the delivery status of that package.

All of these new search features are available now for English language users on Google.com throughout the world. (International versions will be available in the coming months.)

Learn more at http://www.google.com/help/features.html

Dutch treat - Google Toolbar now in Dutch - and Chinese and Korean

Been waiting for a Google Toolbar that speaks to you? Well, if your preferred tongue is Dutch, Korean or Chinese, your day has come. The Toolbar, with its pop-up blocker and form filler are now available in these tongues, as well as Arabic, Greek and dozens of others. Windows users can download a free Google Toolbar 2.0 at:

http://toolbar.google.com/

Worldwide alerts - Google News Alerts in more languages

Sure, you're up to speed in English, but what about news from the Francophone world? Or the latest updates from the Spanish press? Now you can get Google news alerts in these languages as well as German and Italian, with even more languages on the way. Google News Alerts
are an easy way to track topics of interest, and deliver to your in-box either a daily roundup of the latest relevant headlines or quick messages as news breaks.

French - http://www.google.fr/newsalerts
German - http://www.google.de/newsalerts
Italian - http://www.google.it/newsalerts
Spanish - http://www.google.es/newsalerts


And The Crowd Goes Wild... Awards and Accolades

Search Engine Watch Awards - keeping their eye on Google

Google received eight awards in the 4th Annual Search Engine Watch Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in web searching. Google was recognized as the "Outstanding Search Service," for helping Internet users locate information from across the Web. Google has received this distinction every year since the awards were initiated in 2000. Google AdWords was also given top honors for value, targeting, tools and overall advertiser satisfaction. Since the awards are based on votes by users from across the Web, they have special meaning for the Googlers who work to make our search service fast, accurate and easy to use. Thanks to all of you who supported us this year and in the past.

Brand new all over again - Google stays "Brand of the Year"

Interbrand, a marketing consultancy firm, has named Google "Brand of the Year" for the second consecutive year, based on a survey of more than 4,000 people in 85 countries. Given that Google's growth has come almost entirely from word of mouth and not traditional brand promotion, we're not sure what to make of this marketing honor. Perhaps it's best to simply acknowledge that a lot of you not only like using Google, you like letting others know how well Google works for you. For that we (and your friends) thank you wholeheartedly.

Raves for the Rover - Google logos take off

On January 15, we posted a special homepage logo marking the Mars landing of the Spirit robotic explorer. Delighted science fans deluged us with email, including some from NASA scientists close to the project. The month before, we marked the centennial of human flying machines by depicting the Wright Brothers' flyer in our logo. For Valentine's Day, our logo "O"s smooched it up. Our year-end winter holiday logo consisted of a "Google Doodle," a simple graphical story that unfolded over five days. If you ever wonder what it is we're celebrating with our homepage graphics, simply roll your mouse over the image for a description or click on the special commemorative logo to view search results about the topic.

Check out all of our special logos:
http://www.google.com/logos/


Building Momentum... Google Going Places

A World of Talent - Google Engineering in Switzerland, India

Google's audience of information seekers is global in scope so lately Google has been doing some global searching of its own. We recently opened engineering centers in Zurich and Bangalore and are actively hiring engineers and computer scientists to join our staffs there. These offices are on a par with Google's engineering offices in New York, Santa Monica and Mountain View and the work to be done there will improve our search service for all users. If you've thought about working for Google, but didn't want to make the 5,000 mile commute, we're trying to make it a bit easier for you. More information can be found on our site.

Google India: http://www.google.com/jobs/sw-bangalore.html
Google Europe (Zurich): http://www.google.ch/intl/en_ch/jobs/

Encouraging women in Computer Science - Anita Borg scholarships

Google is pleased to be able to support women seeking degrees in Computer Science through the Anita Borg scholarship program. Before her untimely passing last year, Dr. Anita Borg worked relentlessly to dismantle barriers that kept women and minorities from entering computing and technology. Google offers a $10,000 scholarship in her name for one undergraduate and one master's level degree candidate in computer science during the 2004-2005 academic year. Selection will be based on academic background, a short essay, financial need, and letters of recommendation. Complete applications must be received by Friday, March 12, 2004. Spread the word to women you know with an interest in computer science or read more about the program at:
http://www.google.com/anitaborg

Same URL, different address - Google moves

It's official. The Googleplex has a new home in Mountain View, Calif. While some Googlers are still in the process of making the move, our new headquarters is up and running at our new address.
If you're planning a visit or sending us chocolate chip cookies, you'll find us at:

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

http://www.google.com/corporate/address.html


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