I may be the last person on the planet to learn this stuff, but just in case, I thought I would tell everyone here about two Google search features that I just ran across: view:timeline and view:map. As is true for almost everything that comes out of Google, I believe that this search functionality is in “beta.”
Say you were interested in the history of Napoleon. You could go to one of a variety of reference documents on the web and read a load of stuff to get the details of what you’re looking for, or you could type “napoleon view:timeline” into any Google form and you’d get something like this:
Or, say you’re a more graphical person and you’d like a picture of Napoleon’s conquests. You can enter “napoleon view:map” into the Google search form and get something like this:
OK, it’s not perfect. The push-pins in the US don’t really work, but most of the references were dead-on.
Very cool stuff. Definitely worth checking out (if you haven’t already) and trying to remember for when you actually need a tool like this.