August 9, 2006
Google Hacks, Third Edition: The World According to Google
Sebastopol, CA--At last. By adding it to the dictionary, Webster finally
made "google" an official verb. But Google today is so much more than
googling the new boss or ex-boyfriend, and digging up unvarnished product
reviews or sussing out the best prices.
The third edition of Google Hacks," by Rael Dornfest, Paul Bausch, Tara Calishain
(O'Reilly, US $24.99), puts hundreds of new insider strategies at your
fingertips. Whether you want to visualize
web site traffic with Google Analytics or turn Gmail into your PC's
external hard drive--you'll learn how to do so more quickly, efficiently,
and creatively with this new book. Plus readers learn more about Google's
unique language for fine-tuning searches.
"We all search every day with Google," said web developer and coauthor
Bausch, "By taking a bit of time to learn some of Google's specialized
syntaxes, those searches can be more precise and more efficient."
Updated tips, tricks, and scripts help turn ordinary users into power
searchers. And extensive coverage of the latest stars in Google's
expanding universe of applications and services reveal more of what you
can do with Google Earth, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Blog Search,
Video Search, Music Search, Google Base, Google Reader, and Google
Desktop. Google Hacks shows you how to:
Search Google over IM with a Google Talk bot
Build a customized Google Map and add it to your web site
Cover your searching tracks and take back your browsing privacy
Turn any Google query into an RSS feed that you can monitor in Google
Reader or the newsreader of your choice
Keep tabs on blogs in new, useful ways
Turn Gmail into an external hard drive for Windows, Mac, or Linux
Beef up your web pages with search, ads, news feeds, and more
Program Google with the Google API and language of your choice
If your concerned about Google recording and archiving your digital life,
the new edition offers advice and concrete tips for protecting your
"People need to realize that when they use any Google product, they are
leaving traces of themselves and their behavior with the company" said
Bausch. "Readers will also find information about safeguarding their
privacy along the way."
In his forward to the third edition of Google Hacks, Chris DiBona, Open
Source Programs Manager at Google, wrote, "If you want to create and
distribute information using Google tools or find new, innovative ways of
using tools that we make available to you, this book will help you. The
folks at O'Reilly have put together an eminently usable tome, and I hope
you enjoy it as much as I do."
Praise for the previous editions:
"In short, this book provides a fascinating hands-on experience in taking
Googling to the next level. Like all the Hacks books, it has tips for the
timid, and big, bold programs for the brave. You may never look at Google
the same way again."
--DrPat, Blogcritics.org, June 2005
"Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest's Google Hacks, 2nd Edition,' tells
how to work more effectively with Google's unique search engine, how to
pull results from difficult places using advanced Google web functions,
and how to understand how Google ranks web sites for searches. Either
frequent internet searchers or web site builders will find 'Google Hacks'
an essential guide."
--James Cox, The Computer Shelf, Midwest Book Review, May 2005
"Google Hacks presents tons of useful ways to use Google for searches,
fun and more."
--Richard Pachter, Miami Herald, March 2005
"Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching is helpful reference
for any Google user who wants to get the most out of their searching
experience...If any of your work relies on using Google, 'Google Hacks'
should be part of it."
--Ben Rothke, UnixReview.com, March 2005
Several sample hacks, including, "Google over IM" and "Build Your Own
- More information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bios, and samples
- A cover graphic in JPEG format
Google Hacks, Third Edition
Rael Dornfest, Paul Bausch, Tara Calishain
ISBN: 0-596-52706-3, 510 pages, $24.99 US
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