GooglePreview Streamlines Searches

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2005-04-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A free extension to the Firefox browser, GooglePreview lets users view thumbnail views of the linked Web sites in their Google searches.

Like most knowledge workers, I spend a lot of time searching for information on Google. And it can be frustrating when a results link looks to be useful, but when I click on the link, it turns out to be a site aggregator or something not even related to the search topic.

In these cases, it would be useful to have some way to actually see the Web page before clicking on it. This is exactly what GooglePreview does.

A free extension to the Firefox browser, GooglePreview let me view thumbnail views of the linked Web sites in my Google searches. With this tool enabled, I could quickly see the actual page linked to the result.

Click here to read a review of Firefox. GooglePreview pulls the thumbnail views from thumbshots.org and alexa.com. Not every result in my searches showed a preview, and to get GooglePreview to work properly, I had to delete the regular cookie that Google placed in my browser.

Still, I found the free GooglePreview to be a real timesaver, and, like most Firefox extensions, it works on all platforms that Firefox runs on.

GooglePreview, along with many other extensions, can be found at addons.update.mozilla.org.

Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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