Technology can help to make us more productive. I’m a big fan of technology, so long as it’s free, integrates easily into my current set up, and requires no training to use! All easy requests, right?
As it turns out, there are three new options that actually fit that bill. Each of them are new ways to search the Internet. If you haven’t given them a whirl, you should give them a try. After all, who couldn’t use the efficiency boost? Here’s a quick rundown:
The first on the list is a brand new search option. Microsoft has introduced its new search engine, Bing, which Microsoft hopes will be in real competition with Google.
Google introduced a new feature of its own–Google Squared, which is the second item on my list of three. Whereas Google Search returns search results in a linear list, Google Squared returns search results in a matrix designed for comparison. Unlike Microsoft’s new option, Google Squared isn’t a brand-new option, but it is a new twist on a classic.
The third new search option is my favorite. Spezify is a visual search engine that searches not only the Internet but also returns results from Twitter and social-networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. It even returns images. And results are displayed in small, colored text boxes. Additionally, it displays what it’s determined are “related words” (i.e., related to your search terms). Pictured below are the results from a search for “harassment training.” Don’t know what to search for? Try your name and see what comes up. You may be surprised—especially what images are returned!