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Why is Google Popular?

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What Makes Google Great?

Here are reasons why Google has many users and why those users frequently search using Google.

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Google's Mission and Philosophy

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. While pursuing this vision, Google has adopted the following philosophy:

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What Can You Find with Google?

Google strives to make it easy to quickly find what you're seeking. The following list shows some of the many types of searches Google can easily do. Click on the type of information to learn how to search for it and click on the examples to see the results of such a search.

Type of Information Examples
Specific person, place, or thing (named entities) Robin Williams, San Francisco, Paris restaurants
Information on a subject (web sites by topic) salary negotiation tips, lasik eye surgery, hybrid cars, lawn furniture, travel
Something you've seen before or know exists the original research paper on Google's technology, tax forms, Dixie Chicks song lyrics
Answer to a question What is the local weather forecast for the next three days?
How can I reserve a camping site at Yosemite?
How can I book a cheap flight from Boston to London?
What is the approximate value of my car?
How old is Nelson Mandela?
How can I get a divorce in the US?
What to write or say cover letter when applying for a job
Specific site
(navigational query) (you know the name of the site)
Someone's phone number or address California Senator Diane Feinstein's office phone number
Map or directions map of Hearst Castle San Simeon CA
Financial information current price and stock chart for Krispy Kreme
Dictionary definition definition of schadenfreude
Data number of Internet hosts
Translation of a page or text Palais de Luxembourg
Similar or related items sites similar to Consumer Reports
Visual information tennis photos of Anna Kournikova, Dilbert cartoons, Paris metro map
Personal recommendations, opinions, advice Mykonos travel recommendations, reviews of compact digital cameras and color printers
Recent news what's happened in the last 24 hours
Where you can buy something carry-on luggage
A set of items given a few examples given the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, and Coit Tower, suggest other sites to visit in San Francisco

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