New Google Search Options

Google has just added some more handy search filters to the “show options” side panel that they introduced last May.

Today, we’re announcing nine new Search Options tools: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news. These features have been rolling out gradually and will be available globally in English by the end of the day. You can try them yourself by searching Google and clicking “Show options” in the blue bar just under the logo. (source: Google Blog)

I use this side panel all the time now and with each new bunch of search filters, it becomes even more helpful. I love the Timeline Feature to get a very rough idea of how long a particular product, term or concept has been kicking around. The Wonder Wheel is great fun to get an idea of related terms when my mind goes blank. Images from the Page helps me find screenshots and photos that are often more relevant than the regular Images search. And I think I’m going to love the Fewer Shopping Sites feature (ok and maybe the More Shopping Sites one too!)

(via: Phil Bradley’s weblog)