Monday, January 12, 2009

Interesting Google Feature

We've fallen on a bit of a silent period here at Manson Music since the holidays but we are still here. It's just that the business of the season, coupled with that fact that we've compiled a pretty comprehensive blog here so far, leaves us with little to post at the moment. Still, leave it to Google to provide us with yet another interesting way to search the net, thus enabling me to pass this on to those of you who haven't seen it yet. Google has added a new "timeline" feature that allows you to search and view the results chronologically, so to speak. You can actually search just about anything with a history, from countries like England to institutions like the Federal Reserve, but I think it might work best with people. Try Charles Manson with it and you'll see what I mean. You get a nice little graph at the top of your results that is divided by decade. Within each of these decades you also get mini bar graphs indicating how much information you can expect to find during each time period. Clicking on each decade you can continue to refine your results by the individual years and even months. It's actually a very cool new way to search and I can already think of many ways to use it. The syntax is simple. Just try it out by pasting this into the search bar:

charles manson view:timeline

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