How much do you know about Google?

The chances are that by now you know quite a lot about Google. From the way that you search, down to their tax policy. But I bet you didn’t know quite how many tools they have developed which are free for public consumption. I found this article which taught me about 14 of them and there are a couple which, for better or worse, have caught my eye.*

Crab Nebula snip

I know you won’t need me to tell you that the above image is the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant and pulsar located 6000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus. This is seen using Google Sky, a nice feature but perhaps not as discussion-worthy as the next few.

For me, the most interesting tool that Google are developing is Dart. This is a programming language that Google have created as a rival to Javascript. Javascript is currently the tool with which you manipulate HTML. There are two interesting points here. The first is Google’s claim that Dart is much simpler so even beginner developers could use it. This is part of the wider point that more people will need to be savvy in this department as the importance of the internet, both in terms of usage and capability, rockets. The second point being about the scale of Google itself. Not only does it control how we search and interact, it also wants to be in control of the fabric on which websites are written. I would ask whether this is too much responsibility for one company and it will be you that decides.

On a slightly more light-hearted note, for those of you at university, try Google Ngram. It allows you to search for keywords in millions of books which then gives you trends. I searched for the use of the word “God” between 1600 and 2000 and then the same for “atheism”. The results weren’t quite what I expected.

You may well have been aware of this one: Google Webmaster Tools. I was alerted to it when I met Kevin, an SEO specialist. It is a tool which, among other things, allows you to see which pages on your website may have errors or malware that you can correct in order to make it easier for Google to find your site in a search.

Those are the tools that caught my eye but make sure you have a look for yourself. A lot of them can save you a bit of time in day-to-day life or improve your website but don’t forget that all of them will give you just that little bit extra to talk about in an interview. Right, I’m off to check out Centaurus A, an active galaxy located about 11 million light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus, but you didn’t need me to tell you that!


*The article was found on Mashable. Read why Mashable can give you a head start in the job hunt here.