Google Search: Tips & Tricks

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

  • Put quotation marks around the desired word or phrase

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

  • Include “site:” and your desired website in your search, e.g. “eid100” site:ryerson.ca

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

  • Include “define:” before your search word, e.g. define: example

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

  • Search for your product and include a string “..” between the desired amounts, e.g. iPhone 6 $600..$800

5. How would you search for a specific filetype?

  • Add “filetype:” and the 3-letter file abbreviation for your desired file to your search, e.g. eid100 filetype:pdf

6. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

  • To include important words, put quotation marks around them, e.g. “organic” bananas
  • To ignore words use the minus sign (), e.g. -organic bananas

7. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?

  • Include “related:” before the site, e.g. related:ryerson.ca

8. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?

  • Indicate missing words in the quotation with an asterisk (*)

9. How would you search for pages containing two connected words?

  • Use a hyphen () to connect the two words

10. How would you search for social media content containing a specific tag?

  • Include a hashtag (#) before the specific tag in your search, e.g. #eid100

Digital Etiquette in the Modern World

Today’s digital landscape demands that we transfer the etiquette we’ve been taught to apply to our every day lives to our digital personas. Just as we want to present our best selves to the world in face-to-face interactions, it’s important to apply the same frame of mind when approaching the online community. This is because the online community is just that – a community – a place buzzing with social interaction and interactivity.

Social media management authority, Hootsuite, summarizes this idea well in their video Social Media Etiquette: Play by the Rules, which states: “As social media is a place for personal expression, it’s also a public environment you share with your community.” The video stresses the importance of understanding the appropriate behaviour and nuances as a participant on social media and the web. As a result of the emergence of Web 2.0, we now have the freedom to express our views and opinions, as well as to converse freely with our peers and larger organizations. It’s crucial that we make the most of what this privilege has to offer by cultivating a respectful environment through proper online etiquette.

So what exactly does this entail? While its safe to say that most of the guidelines revolving around digital etiquette stem from good judgment and common sense, here are my top three tips to keep in mind when presenting yourself online:

  • Don’t post any content that you wouldn’t want your mother to see. This rule of thumb will keep you looking professional and also ensure that your accounts are employer friendly
  • Proper grammar still applies. While the “140 characters or less” mindset may pose a challenge at times, it’s important to consistently present your ideas in an eloquent way
  • Don’t hide behind your keyboard. While it should go without saying, don’t use the Internet as a means to bully others or to spread hateful content