Using Google Search Button

June 25, 2008

What is it?

You probably noticed the ‘G’ button on the right hand side of the field for adding new tags, and of the ‘tags’ field in the search. That is the Google search button that we wrote about on our Help page here. However, we thought that this feature deserves its own post on the blog, because it helped us with finding tags many, many times.

How does it work?

With Google search button, you can search for tags as you would search Wikipedia pages on Google. For instance, if you type in ‘apple’, and click on the Google button, the system will automatically add ‘wikipedia’, so your query will actually be ‘apple wikipedia’, and search result will be retrieved from the domain en.wikipedia.org only.

Faviki google search api button

Experience showed us that this way of finding tags can be quite helpful and time saving. Sometimes it is hard to find the most appropriate tag with autocomplete list, and Google is pretty clever when it comes to finding the most popular/representative tag for an acronym or ambiguous term, for instance. So, it is often the case that the tag that you are looking for is at the top of the list. To add it just click on the ‘copy’ link.

Cases in which it beats the autocomplete list

  • Acronyms and their disambiguation:
    • EU = European Union
    • RHCP = Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • CSS = Cascading Style Sheets, Content Scramble System, Cansei de Ser Sexy
    • LCD = Liquid crystal display, Lacida, Lowest common denominator
    • SEO = Search engine optimization, Seasoned equity offering
    • RDF = Resource Description Framework, Robotech Defense Force, Radical Dance Faction
    • REST = Representational State Transfer
  • Ambiguous terms:
    • apple (fruit, digital technology corporation, Fiona Apple, bank…)
    • keyboard (computers, music, magazine…)
    • office (software, place where you work, series, film…)
    • flash (software, superhero, photography, song…)
  • Searching for the right term for the concept:
    • programming = Computer programming;
    • baby = Infant;
    • tiredness = Fatigue (medical);
    • moonlight sonata = Piano Sonata No. 14 (Beethoven);
    • rachmaninov = Sergei Rachmaninoff. (Note that in this case the term is not even spelled correctly)
  • When you know what you think of, but you don’t know/can’t remember how to name it:
    • belarus capital = Minsk
    • eu lead body = European Council
    • kaiser chiefs singer = Ricky Wilson (British musician)
  • If you wish to search for related tags or tags concerning a broad topic:
    • online social (Social network, Social software, Online identity, OpenSocial, Virtual community, Social bookmarking, Social computing)
    • vegetarian (Vegetarianism, Vegetarian cuisine, Vegetarian Society, World Vegetarian Day, Veganism)
    • olympic games (Olympic Games, Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games, Ancient Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games)
  • If the tag contains non-English characters, and you don’t want to deal with them:
    • roisin murphy = Róisín Murphy
    • motorhead = Motörhead

Drawbacks

  • It is slightly different than autocomplete list, e.g. you have to click on the ‘copy’ link instead of on the tag name (which is a link to a Wikipedia page)
  • Search results list will also contain some Wikipedia pages which are not tags, like pages whose names start with ‘Special:’, ‘Template:’, ‘User:’, ‘Wikipedia:’, ‘Help:’, ‘User talk:’, ‘Wikipedia talk:’, ‘Category:’. These are special Wikipedia pages and obviously cannot be used for tags, so you cannot add them.

We hope we’ll be able to fix these issues soon.

Summary

Inserting correct tags is essential for Faviki in order to use its potentials to the maximum. But finding the right tag is sometimes a bit tricky. We hope that Google search API can make your tagging easier and more accurate.

One Response to “Using Google Search Button”


  1. […] Google API helps Faviki users with adding tags and searching. Sometimes it is hard to find the most appropriate tag with autocomplete list, especially in the cases of abbreviations and ambiguous terms. That is where Google search comes in handy. We’ll have more about this feature very soon. […]


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