O’Reilly releases “Google Hacks, Third Edition”

By adding it to the dictionary, Webster finally made “google” an official verb. But Google today is so much more than googling the new boss or ex-boyfriend, and digging up unvarnished product reviews or sussing out the best prices.

The third edition of “Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Finding and Using the World’s Information, ” by Rael Dornfest, Paul Bausch, Tara Calishain (O’Reilly), puts hundreds of new insider strategies at your fingertips. Whether you want to make movies using Google Earth, visualize web site traffic with Google Analytics, or turn Gmail into your PC’s external hard drive–you’ll learn how to do so more quickly, efficiently, and creatively with this new book. Plus readers learn more about Google’s unique language for fine-tuning searches.

Updated tips, tricks, and scripts help turn ordinary users into power searchers. And extensive coverage of the latest stars in Google’s expanding universe of applications and services reveal more of what you can do with Google Earth, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Blog Search, Video Search, Music Search, Google Base, Google Reader, and Google Desktop. “Google Hacks” shows you how to:

-Search Google over IM with a Google Talk bot
-Build a customized Google Map and add it to your web site
-Cover your searching tracks and take back your browsing privacy
-Turn any Google query into an RSS feed that you can monitor in Google
Reader or the newsreader of your choice
-Keep tabs on blogs in new, useful ways
-Turn Gmail into an external hard drive for Windows, Mac, or Linux
-Beef up your web pages with search, ads, news feeds, and more
-Program Google with the Google API and language of your choice

If you are concerned about Google recording and archiving your digital life, the new edition offers advice and concrete tips for protecting your privacy.

In his forward to the third edition of “Google Hacks,” Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager at Google, wrote, “If you want to create and distribute information using Google tools or find new, innovative ways of using tools that we make available to you, this book will help you. The folks at O’Reilly have put together an eminently usable tome, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

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