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Google Search By Number

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the google,-where-are-my-car-keys? dept.

Google 286

fizz writes "Well, Google has done it again. This time, simply enter any tracking number or id number into the Google search box, and Voila! You have a link to the shipper and tracking information. They have a funny little mom/son tech talk bit on the blog about this."

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Little by little (5, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245938)

Google is becoming the one-stop shop for information. While I know their motto is, "Do no evil", I can't help but feel a little squeamish about it.

Re:Little by little (5, Insightful)

WD_40 (156877) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245976)

I've often wondered how long it's going to take, and how big Google will have to get, before it's considered 'evil' alongside Microsoft in the eyes of geeks.

Re:Little by little (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246137)

"I've often wondered how long it's going to take, and how big Google will have to get, before it's considered 'evil' alongside Microsoft in the eyes of geeks."

When enough people like Google, it'll be fashionable to hate them. It makes for a small clique of geeks that think having an extreme opinion with intelligence. It's sort of like how the definition of sci-fi has been twisted to exclude Star Wars.

Geeks can be snobs, too.

Re:Little by little (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246172)

When enough people like Google, it'll be fashionable to hate them.

Where have you been recently? Did you miss the auto-link debacle? That simply wouldn't have been an issue a year or two ago, but now Google are a "bigco" people automatically assume they are evil.

Re:Little by little (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246230)

I dunno. That wasn't much of a debacle. More of a brouhaha.

Re:Little by little (1, Offtopic)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246180)

More than enough poeople like Google now...

Re:Little by little (5, Funny)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246158)

That's a hard question to answer. Maybe you should ask Jeeves.

Re:Little by little (1)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246310)

They'll have to betray our trust and/or confidence first.

That seems to be the dividing line for most anyways. Once it appears they're merely trying to squeeze extra pennies out of people or are apathetic towards customer opinion, that's when the pitchforks get brandished.

Re:Little by little (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246042)

> Google is becoming the one-stop shop for information. While I know their motto is, "Do no evil", I can't help but feel a little squeamish about it.

Do no evil.

Let the evil be done by whomever's archiving every bit of data at each of our bandwidth providers' connections!

Re:Little by little (4, Funny)

DoubleD (29726) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246086)

Oh yeah definitly they should stop innovating.

Everytime they add a new feature I have this vague and unsupported feeling they are falling down this slippery slope towards utter evilness.

Please google for the sake of the children stop comming up with cool stuff. If you have to add something make it useless and sucky.

Re:Little by little (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246196)

Nicely reasoned - for a 14 year-old. When you grow up, you'll learn that there's more to life than 'cool'.

Re:Little by little (4, Funny)

wed128 (722152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246250)

Look, up in the sky! it's sarcasm flying over your head!

Re:Little by little (5, Funny)

lakin (702310) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246218)

Please google for the sake of the children stop comming up with cool stuff. If you have to add something make it useless and sucky.

Microsoft have been trying this one for a while now, and are still considered evil...

Re:Little by little (1)

exley (221867) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246087)

Shhhh... It's okay for companies to be extending their reach like this if they're one of the little darlings of the Slashdot crowd who can, seemingly, do no evil. Not that they're necessarily doing evil, of course, but if they were...

Do no evil my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246176)

Do no evil from the company that paid it top two employees a salary of $1 to avoid having to pay taxes. (To the goverment that maintians the roads they drive on to get to work, prevents the telcos form becoming monopolies, and generally makes the united states as free as it is)

For those who are abotu to claim we live in a police state, wake the fuck up. The US may not be perfect but I don't have to worry about many things people in real police states do.

Re:Do no evil my ass (3, Funny)

PhotoJim (813785) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246239)

I wish I'd thought of this years ago. You mean I can avoid paying income tax just by earning nothing? I'll tell the payroll department right away! Think of all the money I'll save!

Re:Little by little (0, Offtopic)

matchboy (519044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246290)

Little by Little.. Slashdot is reporting information way after the fact. Is Slashdot still a place to find out "new" news anymore?

Re:Little by little (1)

D'Sphitz (699604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246301)

Yeah there go your rights right out the window. Fuckin google, what are they thinking?

Not a new feature (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12245939)

Favorite Hidden Google Features? [slashdot.org]

Just because someone's mom doesn't know something about Google doesn't make it new.

Re:Not a new feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246112)

Mom? Is that you?

Re:Not a new feature (4, Funny)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246206)

Just because someone's mom doesn't know something about Google doesn't make it new.

Slashdot: news for moms, one year after.

Way up on your horse again? (2)

gosand (234100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246209)

Favorite Hidden Google Features? Just because someone's mom doesn't know something about Google doesn't make it new.

1. Nobody said it was new

2. It was hidden! So to a lot of people, it is new. It is new to me, and I use google every day.

I don't understand why this making the news is such a dork-irker. Geeks on their high-horses. *sigh*

Re:Way up on your horse again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246305)

1. From the submission "Google has done it again." That implies that this is something new, else it would be "Google did it again, over a year ago."

2. Again, more than a year ago, when it was NEW. And it's not actually hidden, it's simply not one of the big five or six features mentioned on the front page. Google lists it in their press center product descriptions [google.com] and in their online help [google.com] . You can get to it from the main page by clicking on "more" then "web search features."

The reason it's such a "dork-irker" is because this is a site for GEEK and NERDS, and we already know about this feature because it's more than a year old. This isn't slashmom.org where the basics of search are news.

Google did this a year ago (5, Interesting)

applecore (805364) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245940)

I agree with Googleblog's Mr. Stocky that people need to be told about this. But which people?

Most of /. probably knew about this, since it's been around since at least February 2004 [archive.org]

That page contains the request Are there other types of numbers you'd like Google to search? Please email us at suggestions@google.com.

Today's page contains Are there other types of numbers you'd like Google to search? Please contact us.

If in the last year Google received suggestions for other numbers to be searched, they do not seem to be implemented today. Drivers Lic #'s, SSN's, Lic Plate #'s, are not likely to be included. What numbers could Google search?

Re:Google did this a year ago (5, Interesting)

FreshlyShornBalls (849004) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246011)

Drivers Lic #'s, SSN's, Lic Plate #'s, are not likely to be included. What numbers could Google search?

How about UPC numbers, reverse phone, IP address lookups.......

Re:Google did this a year ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246095)

IP Address is brilliant. Reverse phone is there, but not in TFA, UPC is in both.

Re:Google did this a year ago (5, Funny)

CyberSlugGump (609485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246088)

What numbers could Google search?

How about large numbers you wanted factored into primes? ;)

Re:Google did this a year ago (2, Interesting)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246135)

If in the last year Google received suggestions for other numbers to be searched, they do not seem to be implemented today... Lic Plate #'s, are not likely to be included.

License plate number lookup would actually be a very nice feature. At least in the state where I live you have to be one of about a hundred registered lawyers or a law enforcement agent to search the license plate database, but those individuals are willing to provide a lookup to anyone without any questions asked for about $75. Also, at least one of those people has downloaded the entire database and sells it on CD. There is really no reason for people to have to pay for this information, other than it makes a few people some money. I'd love to see google buy the CD every year and add it to a database.

ISBN. UPC. Credit cards. (2, Interesting)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246214)

Hehe, I'm just kidding about the last one.
-russ

Not news (3, Informative)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245948)

Google has had this feature for a very long time. I don't see how this is news.

Re:Not news (1)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246059)

I say it's a dupe because we discussed all of these features before [slashdot.org] .

Check out their SMS service, you can even use this feature and the others from your mobile..

http://www.google.com/sms/ [google.com]

It's Google (1)

Pac (9516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246070)

One assumes Slashdot will publish at least one Google story every day, because Google is "the coolest application out there". If there is no story to be published a dupe will do.

I think by now Google has surpassed Linux in the hacker's minds as "The real thing". Not that it isn't cool, but it is quite amazing to see how a good product can gain a quasi-sainthood status among educated audiences when coupled with the right marketing strategies.

Re:Not news (1)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246082)

Because mom-says-so-thats-why. RTFA next time

er... (-1, Redundant)

v_1matst (166486) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245949)

hasn't this been around for a little while now already?

OMG THIS IS SO OLD NEWS!!! (1, Informative)

homerito (591887) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245952)

Dupe... This was in Slashdot long time ago... Lazy to look for it and prove it....

I have been using the tracking since then, its nice.

Re:OMG THIS IS SO OLD NEWS!!! (2, Funny)

filtur (724994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246012)

I won't belive there's a dupe till I see proof!

Re:OMG THIS IS SO OLD NEWS!!! (1)

Albio (854216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246037)

This kind of laziness is almost certainly the exact reason the dupe was posted.

Old news... (1, Redundant)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245958)

You could do this at least on February 2 of last year. [archive.org]

even cooler: check out the first google map hack (5, Interesting)

paronomasia5 (567302) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245963)

this is old news you hams.

even cooler: check out the first google map hack (it even blew the pants of the google maps crew):

http://paulrademacher.com/housing/ [paulrademacher.com]

MOD PARENT UP (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246047)

MOD PARENT UP! Very cool housing search tool.

Re:MOD PARENT UP (0, Troll)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246125)

...cool housing search tool.

You look for shipping boxes to live in? Most of the ones that FedEx and UPS use are too small for that. You have better luck in the dumpsters in back of appliance stores...

WTF??? MOD PARENT DOWN (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246110)

Ok. You got me with your bogus link.

I don't see the point though. It's isn't like Goatse or anything.

Re:even cooler: check out the first google map hac (1)

paronomasia5 (567302) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246118)

i know -- its a killer app for CL / Maps.

some trolling hamster modded my post offtopic..

other projects i'd like to see:

maps.google.com / live 'Map of the Internet'
maps.google.com / live google news blurbs

THIS THREAD IS USELESS WITHOUT PICTURES (3, Interesting)

donutello (88309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246242)

Well, not exactly. It's a very cool hack. My #1 feature request is to link it to Google's satellite maps also.

I Don't Mean to be that guy, but.... (0, Redundant)

PogieMT (668493) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245967)

I hate to be the guy who criticizes "news" items for being old, but this is definitely old news. Google has had this feature for months, at least. I have been demonstrating it in workshops for teachers for some time. It's interesting how little Google publicizes some of these features, though. Maybe the homepage needs to be a little more cluttered there.

Yet another reason Google is king (3, Funny)

Dread Pirate Shanks (860203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245969)

Ya-who?

Re:Yet another reason Google is king (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246045)

Ya-who?

Don't be fooled. Yahoo is one of the fastest growing businesses. 3.575 billion in revenues for FY 2004. They're doing something right.

I hope with all the enthusiasm and creativity at Google that they've got some people looking after the dollars with good sense. It'd suck to see them parceled apart in a couple years because they couldn't cut it and see MSN and Yahool pick up the pieces.

Should be interesting... (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245971)

Go to USPS and scribble down the id's of some priority mail or package tracking slips...
Put them into Google every day to see if they're on the move...
I wonder if you could then call the shipper and tell them the ship-to address is wrong and have whatever it is sent to your house...

Someone's bound to try it, i betcha.

Re:Should be interesting... (2, Informative)

iabervon (1971) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246062)

If you know you're in the post office when you write down the numbers, you could just go to the USPS site. The only thing that Google adds is that it identifies the shipper by the format of the number and lets you use a control you already have to get there. Google doesn't even report the information; it just sends you to the shipper's site.

Ughhhh... Possible Abuse? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246198)

If you know you're in the post office when you write down the numbers, you could just go to the USPS site. The only thing that Google adds is that it identifies the shipper by the format of the number and lets you use a control you already have to get there. Google doesn't even report the information; it just sends you to the shipper's site.

I hope they've already proofed this against the spammers who are sending out the bogus tracking numbers... Imagine typing in a number and being sent to some pharmacy page or worse.

I hope Google checks out whatever shippers the agree to do this for.

Re:Should be interesting... (1)

rebootconrad (836537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246241)

Someone's bound to get caught for mail-fraud and bound for federal-pound-me-in-the-ass prison (a la Office Space).

Re:Should be interesting... (1)

deadmongrel (621467) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246287)

Try it. The change of address could only be issued by the sender. I am pretty sure the sender information would not be in the tracking number. I have tried this many times with my own packages which were being sent to my earlier address. Be it USPS, UPS or Fedex the sender should initiate the change.

The situation could be different if all the sender and receiver information is displayed. Some one could call up and pretend to be the sener. In any case USPS has that crappy delivery confirmation with the city and state the package was accepted/ delivered and not the tracking history like UPS or FEDEX

This is news? (0, Redundant)

bbzzdd (769894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245975)

Heck, I have been finding my UPS, FedEx, and USPS shipments via a Google search of the tracking number for the better half of a year now. If I know about it it must have been in place for some time before that.

Re:This is news? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246106)

It's strange though, if you go to UPS's tracking site, you have to check a box saying that you agree to the "terms and conditions", but you don't need to do so when you google....strange....

Not New (0, Redundant)

akweboa164 (629425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245980)

I might be mistaken, but I believe this has been around for a while.

666 (4, Funny)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245981)

"simply enter any tracking number or id number into the Google search box, and Voila!:

User types "666" into the Google search box, hits Enter. "AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

OMG! Google now supports quotes around phrases! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12245993)

My mom was trying to Google a specific song lyric, but some of the words are pretty common, so I asked her "Did you put quotes around it?" She said "It's not a quote, it's a song lyric." So I said "Just do it." Voila she found the a bunch of pages with the song lyrics she was looking for. Another great Google innovation!

POS (1)

nodialtone (580061) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245994)

Great. No everyone will know I am STILL driving that POS car around.

UPS requires the terms and conditions checkbox (5, Interesting)

ZeeExSixAre (790130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12245999)

If you enter their website traditionally, UPS requires that the user click the annoying "By selecting this box and the Track button, I agree to these Terms and Conditions." Google bypasses this. What are the legal ramifications of this bypass?

Re:UPS requires the terms and conditions checkbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246157)

In almost every email I have with links to track it they skip that page as well.
So Google skipping it doesn't seem different from what other companies have been doing.

Another U.S. only feature? (1)

martok (7123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246302)

I tried entering a tracking number from Canada Post, our national mail carrier and no dice on google.

Bear my children, please. They are heavy. (2, Insightful)

Leontes (653331) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246002)

Google just keeps on being cool. I'm still looking at places I've lived in satellite maps, I'm trying to fill out my massively increasing gmail account, finishing editing some videos to upload and now I don't need to figure out what tracker number goes where? I love you, google.

Other things that go Google in the night.... (2, Interesting)

erick99 (743982) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246003)

I also like that I can type weather frederick md and get my weather or define:pragmatic and get a definition.

No DHL (2, Informative)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246009)

No support for DHL [dhl-usa.com] yet.

Old news and what's wrong with Google Maps (1)

ralejs (779782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246014)

Hasn't this feature been around for a while? Old new on /. again.

Anyway, I tried searching on area codes. It works well except I would expect it to link to Google Maps. Instead it gives me Whitepages.com. Seems a bit odd. Why would Google want to link to their own map?

Re:Old news and what's wrong with Google Maps (2, Interesting)

alphakappa (687189) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246315)

I'm sure you will find a link to google maps soon along with the whitepages info. Notice that if you enter an address into the google main search page, you will get links to google maps, mapquest and yahoo, since google is following the principle of finding information for you from all good sources, even if google has a product with that information.

Been there since Dev 2003 (1)

hanson_mark (139157) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246015)

This is not news, Google has had this feature since Dec 2003! Just look at Nov-Dec entry for 2003 in Google timeline [google.com]

Oh thank God!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246016)

It's been like two hours since I saw a Google article.

Ham callsigns? (1)

pilot-programmer (822406) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246030)

As many have stated, this is old news. What is really surprising to me is that when I enter my ham callsign I do not get a lookup option.

What do you get??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246134)

A link to GOATSE with adsense links to breath mints?

Oldest. Non-Story. Ever. (2, Funny)

Fletch (6903) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246036)

I've been using this to track packages for a year. The internet archive says it's been available since February of '04 [archive.org] .

But anything on the Google blog is news, I guess.

Google Still Can't Find ... (3, Funny)

rewinn (647614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246051)

... my car keys. So what good is it?

Really old news (4, Informative)

jamesl (106902) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246057)

Google search on "google package tracking" yields this December 11, 2003 Google Weblog post.

http://google.blogspace.com/archives/001089/ [blogspace.com]

Google needs a Messenger and Chat software (1)

armando_wall (714879) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246058)


In the mean time, I'm using my own community (see signature); but if Google makes something like Yahoo! Chat and MSN Messenger, maybe named "Google Messenger" and "Google Chat", that's it! I wouldn't get out of Google ever again (until they screw it like certain companies).

Re:Google needs a Messenger and Chat software (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246291)

There is already way too many messenger services. Unless the messenger includes video, microphone support right-out-of-the-box, it'll stand no chance.

This is too sketchy for me... (3, Insightful)

HardSide (746961) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246064)

Ok maybe sketchy isn't really the word I should use here, but wasn't there a report on wired.com like two weeks ago about how google tracks your every move if you are logged into there service (gmail account). So they know exactly who you are (because of the email info) they know what you are searching for (everytime you type in a search query) and now all they need is to see what tracking numbers you put in...they see what you buy, and they can sell this info to massive companies, or hell to advertising companies and bombard you with spam or banners when you go on there site. That or they just wanna create a better service for all of us...(right) P.S. Yeh its a pretty far fetch idea, but then again anything is possible when you live in a time when Senators wanna tax you for every byte you download off the net.

Kind of useless (1)

to6o (838477) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246066)

I think this is kind of useless anyways, since if you sent something you (hopefully) know which company you sent it with. And most companies have tracking as a feature on their web sites, so what's the point?

I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246068)

I for one welcome our new Package Tracking Overlords

Google's going too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246071)

Everything is being ruthlessly indexed by Google.

That means tons and tons of info can be logged (as they do) and tied to specific IP addresses and cookies etc to build up an entire portfolio of personal data on an individual which can then be sold to other spamdata type companies or passed on to governments on a whim.

Google are the Microsoft of searches.

del (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246089)

watch out, zonk will delete this because how old it is and he wants to cover up all his mistakes

I found out CowboyNeal's... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246096)

...ass-tickler should arrive by the 25TH and you must be there to sign for delivery.

Yes they have... (3, Funny)

forum__32 (690326) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246104)

"Well, Google has done it again"

Yes, they managed to get on slashdot for something really, really old.

Privacy Concerns? (3, Interesting)

LaughingLinuxMan (872028) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246108)

Having this information crawled and therefore easily available to a world-wide audience makes me nervous. What if you are having passports or some other ID material shipped? Or medical tests? Interception is now that much easier. I know the protection before was via obscurity, i.e. the information was not crawled, but, personally, I think that shippers should not make this information crawlable.

-LLM

how long before SSN's and CC # will be there too? (4, Interesting)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246109)

I am wondering how long before I plug my SSN and get some results too. Actually I already have. The university I go to uses SSNs as university id and I took this Network Security class (oh the irony!) and sure enough the supposedly "security and privacy aware" professor has posted the results of first midterm on the web indexed by SSNs. Then just a page away he posted later the results of one of the homeworks indexed by first and last names. I have both lists now and for 20 people there is 1 in 10 chance to randomly find Name and social security combination of one of these 20 people. I then went to the library, which conviniently uses only SSN and last name as a login for their machines. In about 20 minutes I knew 19 SSN and the names associated with it. All from Google.

I am not blaming Google of course, it is the fault of the university and the professor.

i don't think this is new (2, Informative)

m2bord (781676) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246140)

i think that this is actually an old feature. i know that i've used the numeric stuff before.

like for instance if you type in the word "pi" the first thing returned is the value of pi

http://www.google.com/search?q=pi&sourceid=mozilla -search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=f irefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official [google.com]

i've also used it to find out information about cars via the VIN number.

That is silly (2)

Jane Hackworth (872492) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246165)

If you're going to report on breaking Google features, shouldn't you also mention that they came out with an e-mail service [google.com] ? a separate search for Linux-related [google.com] topics? a way to shop [google.com] and compare prices?

Geeks at work. (3, Funny)

sugapablo (600023) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246166)

This is what happens when geeks get billions of dollars (from going public) and have no parental supervision. :)

Why... (0, Redundant)

Masami Eiri (617825) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246208)

is this news?
Google's had this feature for quite some time now...

Google is becoming too niched (2, Insightful)

JanneM (7445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246216)


I'm seeing Google turning too much into a niche operator today. Most new stuff is focused on IE, the Windows platform and on US data. This may be the single largest combination of browser, OS and geography, but it is still a very small niche in the big scheme of things. Unfortunately, today google seems to focus harder onto that niche, not less.

Lots more space for nimble competitors, I guess. And at least for the precence-style apps here, like mobile maps, underground GPS, line-based chats and so on, Google doesn't exist, period.

Bathtub Overflow Control Device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246220)

Just for the record, 5,123,123 (Google's example patent search) is the patent number for a "Bathtub Overflow Control Device". Guess how I found it... ;)

I'm waiting for the day I can type in ..... (2, Funny)

CitznFish (222446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246234)

I'm waiting for the day I can type in "F/22/Southern California" and get a list of interested, available women. =P

C'mon Google, help us out! =]

Please stop parroting the Google Blog! (3, Interesting)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246265)

Give me a break. Google has done this for nearly 2 years now.

...and in other news... (1)

Fortyseven (240736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246269)

Microsoft recently introduced Windows 95, an upgrade that completely replaces your old DOS/Win3.1 combo.

Give me a break. God, I feel like I'm in some sort of trippy time warp or something...

And what's scarier than posting ancient news that was supposed to be common knowledge? The handful of replies that also seem to think it's new.

My head won't stop spinning... whoooa...

Re:...and in other news... (1)

CitznFish (222446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246299)

Yeah, since YOU knew about this it makes sense to assume EVERYONE knows about this as well. Sheeesh...

Very old.. (1)

BigZaphod (12942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246300)

I've been using this feature for at least a year. Possibly more. Geesh.

Nice, but incomplete (1)

c0ldfusi0n (736058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12246312)

Nice feature. I work in a shipping dock and i get couriers here all day delivering their stuff. Some packages are unnamed, some get here when i'm gone so i don't know who shipped it. Chances are, though, that there's a sticker on the box that says who the shipper was, who is it supposed to go to and the P.O. and tracking number. However Google supports only major couriers such as USPS, UPS, Fedex and others among those lines. It will never be complete, either since local couriers are way too numerous and small to be important to Google. Also, i only get FedEx and UPS delivering here, so if the tracking is starts with "1Z", i know it's UPS, if it's all digits, it's FedEx. Those two are about 1/4 of all my incoming packages, and Google doesn't support the others. So it's a nice innovation, but mostly useless for someone who has a minimum experience with couriers.

next step (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12246320)

next step will be to pull the tracking number directly from your email that you recieve from sender and allow you to track from the google ads on the side of the email window.
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