These genius Google hacks are the shortcuts you never knew you needed

Eight Google hacks have gone viral, and with good reason—have you tried them yet?

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While TikTok was flooding your feed with style tricks and kitchen tips, Google hacks have swooped in to make your life a whole lot easier. Just when you thought you knew everything about the world's most famous search engine, a Yale grad and Goldman Sachs investment banker has set the record straight with a now-viral Twitter thread. 

Chris Hladczuk, known digitally as @chrishlad and "The Frameworks Guy," took to social media to point out the incredibly helpful but seemingly uncharted territory of Google hacks—tildes, dashes, two periods, and more. With one extra tap of your keyword, your search results will not only be more useful, but you'll save yourself time from endless scrolling. Who knew?

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"If you use it right, Google is the most powerful tool in the world. But the truth is most people suck at it,"  Hladczuk wrote. "Here are 8 Googling tips that you probably don't know."

Set your favorite TikTok beauty hacks aside and prepare to have your mind blown with these super-efficient Google hacks that are, frankly, a total game-changer. 



Google hacks to try next time you're searching

In a Twitter thread with more than 150,000 views, Hladczuk touches on ways to hone in whatever it is you're searching for on Google. Let's dive in!

1. "Quotation marks"

Adding quotes around your given search term allows you to search exactly for the word you're looking for. Example: "Chris Evans" will give all the results for your query without findings for just "Chris" or "Evans."

2. A tilde ~

Consider the tilde a way to find easily synonyms for your search term. "Robotics ~classes" will amount to a search for classes, lessons, one-on-one help, etc.  

3. Vertical bar |

This is an either/or situation. Take, for example, Googling the term "Netflix | Hulu," which means you're searching for Netflix or Hulu. 

4. Location, location, location

Want to find out all of the Addison Rae news coming out of Los Angeles? (Of course you do, you're an influencer.) Here's how to type it into Google to get all-things Addison from La La Land: "Addison Rae location:losangeles"

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5. Dashes -

Using dashes will enable you to exclude something from your search. Let's look at the following: "Clickbait -Netflix"

The popular Netflix series Clickbait has gotten everyone's attention with its super-suspenseful twists and turns. But let's say you just want to know something about the phenomenon of clickbait itself, not the TV show. This is a way to rid yourself of all the Netflix-related queries.

6. Site:

Let's say you want to know about everything eye shadow-related that we've covered on My Imperfect Life. (If so, you have good taste!) Here's how to type it in so that you only get links to our eyeshadow content: "Eyeshadow site:myimperfectlife.com"

7. Two periods .. 

Two periods are better than one! They allow you to search within a particular time frame. For example, "Nickelodeon shows 1990..2000" will provide results for all the glorious series that aired on the kid-centered network between 1990 and 2000.

8. Filetype: 

Consider file types as a filter. For example: "Rihanna filetype:pdf" will filter out any Riri PDF articles that you don't need. (Though honestly, we'll take all-things Rihanna, all the time.) 

The internet reacts to Google hacks

Many Twitter users were shocked at the simple yet unknown tricks they could use on Google. 

"There should be a mandatory class called media literacy where things like this are being taught," one person wrote. 

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"Very useful. A Twitter first for me, I normally come for gossip," another shared. 

And, in typical Twitter fashion, many were at the ready to test Hladczuk's theories, prove him wrong and share the information he'd forgotten in his thread. 

What do you think? Which Google hacks will be most useful for you?

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.