Google Squared was launched yesterday, June 03, 2009. Google Squared is a search tool that takes a search category, searches out results from the web and presents them in an organized collection, very similar to a spreadsheet.
As given on the Google site,
Google Squared is a search tool that helps you quickly build a collection of facts from the Web for any topic you specify.
- Facts about your topic are organized as a table of items and attributes (we call them "Squares" for fun).
- Customize these Squares to see just the items and attributes you're interested in.
- See the websites that served as sources for the information in your Square.
- Save and share Squares with others.
I tried the search term Search Engine and here’s what I got:
Ahemm..Where’s BING or Live Search?
Then I searched for Browsers and was surprised!
Where’s Google’s own browser Chrome?
You also have the feature of adding or removing columns, just like you do in a spreadsheet. I clicked on the ‘Add’ button on the right, and here were the additional columns that showed up. You can add your own custom columns as well:
You can also sign-in (extreme top right) using your gmail id and save your squares. Once you save your squares, the next time you want to view the squares, check the ‘saved squares’ section as shown below:
In my opinion, this tool is cool since it searches the entire web and categorizes information, which can be saved for later use. How well does the tool search? Time will tell as the tool develops!
Go Search your Square!