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|Prototypes and Demos (Google Labs)|
Google's mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." To this end, Google showcases some prototypes and products in development on the Google Labs, the web site of Google's research group which is referred to as "Google's technology playground."
Visit Google Labs' home page at labs.google.com.
Note: Google Labs updates its site periodically. So you may find prototypes or demos different from the ones shown here. Google will likely refine some of these demos and make them available through Google's home page. If you want to become part of Google's development process, try out these prototypes and provide feedback to the engineers who developed them.
In Parts II and III, we covered some graduates of Google Labs, services and tools that have been refined and made available through Google's home page.
Google News Alerts
Search by Location (Google Local)
Now let's take a look at a couple of the things that Google has in development
|Google Sets - labs.google.com/sets
Automatically create sets of items from a few examples.
Use Google sets to suggest: people who might share interests with you, places to visit, books to read, movies to see, synonyms, food you might enjoy, stores where you can buy a particular type of item, etc.
|Personalized Web Search - labs.google.com/personalized
Delivers custom search results that are based on a profile you create describing your interests. Start by clicking the "Personalized Web Search" button above to open the service.
Next, click on the Create Profile link to reate a profile of your interests.
After you have created a profile, when you do a search on the Personalized Web Search page a small slider appears just under the Google logo. By dragging it to the right the search results are focused to more closely match your profile.
For example, Set your profile to Health and then to Medicine and Nursing. Now do a search on "University of Pennsylvania". The results are about what you'd expect: the first entry is a link to the University of Pennsylvania's web site (www.up.edu).
However, when you more the slider to the right, the entries become more and more focused on the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. When the slider is at the far right, the first entry is a link to "OncoLink", the U of Penn's cancer center.
Answers to frequently asked questions about Google Personalized Web search are available at www.google.com/personalized/faq.html.
These problems give you practice in using Google Labs prototypes and demos.