A-Google-a-Day quiz includes a helpful tool

April 12, 2011: 10:38 AM ET

The introduction of the Google game also adds a search tool to the Googler's arsenal.

Yesterday, Google (GOOGintroduced "A Google A Day" –a game that produces a question a day and encourages users to solve the puzzle using Google's search engine.  I'm not a crossword puzzle type but I imagine some people find this interesting.  Obviously, it encourages people to use Google's search engine -which is clearly beneficial to Google both in short term search query gains as well as long term habitual searching.

One thing that did stand out is this: The Google-A-Day search engine is a snapshot of the search engine for that day.

You are searching Deja Google – A wormhole inspired time machine that enables you to solve today's puzzle spoiler free by searching the Internet as it existed before A Google a Day launched.

Now this is interesting.

For those of us covering the news, this can be a pretty useful tool.  For instance, if I want to find out about the Cisco-Flip relationship in regards to the news today that Cisco was disolving its Flip unit, I could do a Google or Bing search on the matter.  Because search engines populate recent information to the top of results, almost all of my results are today's news.

However, if I do a A-Google-A-Day search, I get the results without all of today's news thrown in.

That's useful!

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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