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Getting A Peek Inside The Google NYC Offices: Search Tip Focus Group For Parents

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Many moons ago, I was a business consultant for Ernst and Young. Now it’s Cap Gemini Ernst and Young… but in 1999 it was just plain ol’ Ernst and Young. I used to work at 55 Broad Street in their tech center and it was super cool. We had a game room. It was fun and young and full of energy. I used to LOVE to go to work because the vibe was so positive and productive. Not stuffy at all.

Well, all the great memories I have of 55 Broad have been crumbled and tossed out the window because MAN OH MAN the Google Offices are freaking wild. And not just moderately wild. I’m talking full-blown KNOCK YOUR SOCKS off “where do I park my scooter” wild. There is a LEGO room people!

I was invited to attend a parenting search seminar. A team was put in place to show a few dozen bloggers what we didn’t know about Google. And apparently there was a LOT I didn’t know!

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Let’s just hop right into it!!

Ways To Better Your Google Search

Use Modifiers:

(-) take away a term

(*) wild card

OR – results of both

In Quotes – includes all terms

Site: – only search that site (example: “space shuttle” site: nasa.gov) — you need the quotes, no space after the word site

File Tyle – search only for a particular file type .pdf, .ppt etc.

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Google Trends – see what’s hot right now.

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Google Plus – Auto Awesome / make your own gifs

Google Plus has a ton of features that you don’t know about!! At least I didn’t. They auto-correct your photos (some say better than you can on Photoshop) and if you upload a bunch of photos at once you can create a gif! Check out this image. So fun!

YouTube – Safety Mode For Kids!

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Scroll down to the bottom of your YouTube page and see the safety button. Mine is turned off. If you’d like – you can turn it off to enable CHILD SAFETY FEATURES! But it’s only valid per browser. You have to turn it on for each browser you use. Firefox, Safari, IE etc…

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Looking for hand-picked Educational videos? Click here. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS to choose from!

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Looking for video trends? Yup! We’ve got that too! YouTube has a trends page — right now Batman is taking the lead in the superhero department. Lots of fun stuff!! I know where I will be spending my afternoon. Af if Pinterest wasn’t a bad enough time suck… now I have these trend pages to lean hard on. SIGH….

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.