Ever clicked on the tool option in Google search?
Google Search Tool which was introduced in 2013, allows you to filter the results by relevance, country, and year. The year filter is particularly helpful if you’re looking for a specific article, report, or file and only know the publication date.
Let me give you an example, yesterday, I wanted to know the whereabouts of BarlowGirls— a Christian music group quite popular in 2012. Unfortunately, “old” news as far back as 2010 still sneak through the results.
The pages may meet the gold standards of Google’s mystic search algorithm, but the blast from the past doesn’t help my cause. So, what I did was to click on the tool button on Google search, then streamlined it to only get results in a custom date range (from 2016 – 2018) and that helped a lot.
Tool is also extremely useful in images. So, if you are trying to search for a PNG image or a GIF, or say, you want a large-sized image, then Google search tool is your best bet.
However, a good number of Google users are unaware of the extensive search tools that are available to them, the average searcher will simply input their search query and skim through the search engine results page until their search is satisfied unaware of the many tools available that may improve their search experience.
So, over to you, how often do you use it or do you even use it?