If you find yourself bored this weekend, here’s a puzzle solving game to fill your time. The game is called Gwiggle
, and it’s a fun way to learn about some of the advanced searching techniques on Google. You’re given the results of a search and have to guess what was being searched for. It starts off easy, but don’t be fooled. There are different levels and once it starts getting tricky, it doesn’t get any better. So while you’re having fun with the game, you’re actually learning about some of the advanced techniques. It starts with the basics such as using quotation marks around your terms to have it search for an exact phrase. Another technique would be to search for related websites by searching for related:webpage. This technique would pull up different related pages that match your search. One of my favorite techniques is to search for a definition by typing in define: word to be defined. If you frequently use Google, you’re probably familiar with many of the search techniques, however Gwiggle pointed out a few I hadn’t used before that could possibly be quite useful. While you’re playing a game, you’re actually getting a pretty good tutorial all at the same time! If you want to check out Google’s entire list of search techniques, click here
. Oh, and if it gets too tricky and your last resort is to cheat, Google Operating System Blog
has a text box to enter in the level that you’re on and then it will provide the answer.