New Google Operator

August 4th, 2003 § 2 comments

Google has introduced a new query operator to further aid in searches: the ~ operator. When placed in front of a word, it searches for the word and its synonyms (see browser ~help, for an example). Apparently it only works for queries in English now, but knowing the way Google works it will certainly be added to other languages soon. Very neat!

§ 2 Responses to New Google Operator"

  • Filip Salomonsson says:

    It works to some extent in other languages, too. Not much at all, but some search terms do get fairly decent synonym matches in Swedish, for example.

  • Ronaldo says:

    I couldn’t get it to work with Portuguese or Spanish, but I didn’t test with other languages. Anyway, maybe Google is still refining the algorithm.

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