Google Currency Converter, Revisited

I know that I’ve written about this in the past, but I love the Google’s currency converter feature so much that I thought I’d mention it here again. Besides, hardly any of you were reading me two years ago when I first mentioned this.

Anyway, in case you didn’t know, running a Google a search on:

XXX [currency units] in [different currency units]

will return the conversion instead of search results. The example that they give is “3.5 USD in GBP” which, as of this writing, returns an answer 1.7560584 British pounds. You can even do more complex queries, such as converting the price per gallon in U.S. dollars to the price per litre in Indian rupees. Very cool.

Where else could you find out so quickly that 1, 000, 000 Chinese yuan is equal to 536, 049.092 Israeli shekels?

5 Responses to “Google Currency Converter, Revisited”

  1. Anonymous

    I wonder how/when they update the currency rates (hourly/daily/weekly). Do they access some global currency rate database? Units of measure are constant, but currency rates are always in a state of flux…

  2. Anonymous

    This posting reminds me just how depressing it is to be a Canadian earning US dollars.

    I just ran the Google currency conversion tool and got this:

    1 U.S. dollar = 1.06030034 Canadian dollars

    Darn it! The rate was a couple years ago was around 1.6.

    The rising Canadian dollar (or is it a falling US dollar?) is killing my business and many other Canadians, especially those in the export industry. Not to mention what was once a booming film industry hear in the Vancouver area. Hollywood production crews would do tons of filming here when the Canadian dollar was at less the 50 cents US.

    Oh well, hopefully our powers that be here Canada do something to clobber the Canadian dollar…

  3. Anonymous

    Pah! Conversions between Yuan and Shekels is easy – Google’s converter is useful for the nasty conversions between metric and english units 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Where else could you find out so quickly that 1,000,000 Chinese yuan is equal to 536,049.092 Israeli shekels?

    What, this isn’t common knowledge? Our public school system has failed. 😉

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