All Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20% of their work time (one day per week) on projects that interest them. Some of Google’s newer services, such as Gmail, Google News, Orkut, and AdSense originated from these independent endeavors. In a talk at Stanford University, Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products and user experience, stated that her analysis showed that half of new product launches originated from the 20% independent project time.
It seems to have worked for them… perhaps your company should try it too!
Anyway, here are some cool features worth checking out:
Blog Search – Find blogs on topics that interest you.
Site Search – Type the word “site” followed by a colon will enable you to restrict your search to a specific site. To do this, use the site:sampledomain.com syntax in the Google search box. For example, to find recording information from AccuConfernece enter [recording site:www.accuconference.com.]
Package Tracking: Track your Fedex or UPS package just by entering the number in google.
Weather: Just type in the word “weather” followed by the region you live.
Movie Showtime’s: Type in the word showtimes and then enter your zip code to discover movies nearby.