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Google as a shortcut

Alex Christie

25 September 2008

I’ve recently discovered that Google will provide you with certain information that other web sites would traditionally supply. This information appears above Google’s search results and seriously improves usability by reducing clicks.

For example, I used to go to www.onlineconversion.com in order to convert something into a different unit but this seems so ‘last year’ now. For simple conversions just type in “73 feet in m” or “2lb 7oz in kg” into Google and bingo, your answer in 1 click! Watch out www.xe.com, it does currencies too.

The same goes for flights. Google will provide you with a status report on aircraft arrivals and departures above their search results – try “SA234”, or another flight expected today, and you will receive instant departure and arrival times.

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