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Presentation given to CILIP in the Thames Valley (formerly BBOD), on 6th October 2009 at Great Expectations, Reading. Covered new developments in internet search. …

Presentation given to CILIP in the Thames Valley (formerly BBOD), on 6th October 2009 at Great Expectations, Reading. Covered new developments in internet search.

Please note: this presentation is over 2 years old and is an archive copy. It may still be of interest to you should you wish to see how we were using and searching electronic media in the past but please remember that some of the information it contains is now out of date.

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  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Some of you may have spotted that Google has introduced some excellent new search and display options. Many of you probably have not – the link to them is very discreet, almost as though Google does not want you to find out about them. Carry out a standard Google search and to the left just above your search results you will see a “Show options” link. Click on ‘Show options’ or the plus sign and additional search and sort options will appear to the left of your search results. At the top of the list you can choose to limit your search to videos, blogs, forums or reviews. Below that are options to restrict your search to “recent results”, the past hour, past 24 hours, past week, past year or to your own specific date range. Not surprisingly the past hour, 24 hours and week pull up mostly blog postings and news articles. “Recent results” seems to pick results that go back about a couple of months. As soon as you select any of the time options apart from the specific date range, additional options to sort by relevance or by date appear but the date option only sorts with most recent first. For some inexplicable reason sorting by date disappears if you want to specify your own range of weeks, months, or years; results are automatically sorted by relevance. A word of warning about Google’s date sorting: the “date” of many of the web pages bears no relationship whatsoever to the real date of publication or when the content was actually written. In these cases Google is using the date and time stamp assigned to the page by the hosting web server. Most web sites have been revamped and reloaded at least once in their lifetime and some pages are dynamically created at the time of search. The dates of blog postings and news articles are a little more reliable, although there too you can find anomalies. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • If you want to quickly identify articles that fall within a specific time period you may be better off selecting the Timeline but this seems to only include articles from Google Current News and Google Archive News. Also, the list of results below the Timeline graphic does not include every year. You have to click on the bar representing the required years and only then are all the articles displayed. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Related searches is obvious: this comes up with alternative search strategies that you might want to try. For me they would be far more useful displayed at the top of the standard search results rather than being hidden under  “Show options”. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • The Wonder wheel is difficult to describe in words as it is a clustering and visualisation tool combined. Click on a link on the first wheel and a second pops up with a different set of clustered links for you to follow. Try it and see if it works for you. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • “ Images from the page” adds thumbnails of images found on the page next to the text entry in your results list. The “More text” option gives you a larger extract from each of the pages in the results list making it easier for you to decide which are most relevant for your needs. And if you are fed up with seeing shopping sites in your lists or perhaps want more, Google has thought of that as well. Simply click on “Fewer shopping sites” or “More shopping sites”. This works very well and reminds me of Yahoo’s Mindset experiment that allowed you to move a slider bar between research and shopping to change the emphasis of the results. Sadly, Yahoo never incorporated it into its standard search and abandoned the project a while ago. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Google Image search also has a “Show options”. Related searches are now shown at the top of the standard results screen but Show options now includes size of image, type of image (face, photo, clipart, line drawing) and colour. A group who attended one of my advanced search workshops decided that the colour option is a stroke of genius. “Do away with Dewey, taxonomies, and metadata in the library catalogue and have just colour”. Typical library loan request: I can’t remember the author or title but it has a blue cover with gold lettering! Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Staying with searching for images by colour, Exalead Labs has an interesting project called Chromatik. his enables you to search a selection of Flickr images by colour and optionally by keyword. You first select one or more colours or hues from a palette which are added to a bar below the palette. You can adjust the proportions of  the colours in the photos by moving the separators between the colours in the bar. Luminosity can be toggled between bright and dark, and saturation between colourful and grey levels. The last option in the list is to search for specific images using keywords (I assume this searches the titles, tags and descriptions associated with the Flickr images). The implication is that once you have selected your colours you can then limit your search to particular objects. In practice, if you search for colour followed by keyword, Chromatik ignores your colour choices and searches only on your keywords. If, for example, you want to search for apples of a particular colour you must first search on apples and then pick your colours. It pays to keep the number of colour choices to two or three, even if you require very specific colours, as this will give you a wider range of images to choose from. When the thumbnails are displayed you can hover over the best match and select “show images with same colors”. Click on an image and it is displayed full size, but in order to see further information about it you have to right click and select properties. This will give you a URL for the original image on Flickr but only for the image itself. It does not take you to the “full” Flickr page for the photo, which means that  you cannot check ownership and copyright. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Multicolr Search Lab from Idée Inc. uses “10 million of the most “ interesting ” Creative Commons images on Flickr”. As with Chromatik you select colours from a palette. You can select up to ten colours and click on the same colour several times if you wish to increase its prominence in the photo. Unfortunately there is no keyword search. On the plus side, if you find an image you like simply click on the image to go straight to its page on Flickr where you can double check the copyright situation. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Google Similar Images is a Google Labs project. Carry out your search, identify the type of image you want and click on Similar Images. It seems to try and identify images that have similar colour composition and blocks of colour that occupy similar areas of the photo. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Google Caffeine I have been running my searches and test searches on both over the past few weeks and found: No difference at all for the majority of searches. 2. Minor and insignificant differences for a handful of searches 3. For some business information searches, worse and an increased number of irrelevant results with Google Caffeine. Not much else to say other than I am not very impressed at this stage. See also: Google Caffeine: A Detailed Test of the New Google http://mashable.com/2009/08/10/google-caffeine/ Phil Bradley's weblog: Google Caffeine http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/08/google-caffeine.html Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Note the second row in the “square”! You can view the above and a couple of others that I have tried at: http://www.google.com/squared/table/agwT1hJN5tk3bAyMib-1oziA (Volcanoes) http://www.google.com/squared/table/agDrextxsh3eFi7mGMdivGxg (Royal Dutch Shell) http://www.google.com/squared/table/agd4NqokKNfiYTGouJnC2tJA (Ducks) Note that I have left some of the ‘odd’ entries, corrected some and added my own notes to some of the others. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Everyone knows about Google Labs but equally interesting stuff is being done by Exalead Labs. Chromatik was mentioned earlier in this presentation. Voxalead News searches for your terms within news videos. Wikifier – I have not been able to work out yet what this really does! Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Search on Richard Armitage: seems to have confused Richard Armitage, the former US Deputy Secretary of State (central panel and photo), with the actor who has appeared in Spooks, Monet, Robin Hood etc. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the central panel 8 times takes us to an image of the UK actor. Hovering over the other panels gives more information on the relationship between the celebrity and the subject of the page but what happens when you start clicking on links is totally confusing. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Reasonably good search for Twitter people by keyword (user name, real name, biog) but does miss some. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Yahoo has done a deal with Microsoft which entails it using Bing’s database for web searching. The announcements about this say this will happen sometime next year. Interesting, then, that Yahoo is still working on its own search engine and presentation of results. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Bing, the revamped Live.com. Country versions vary widely in search features, presentation of results and censorship. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Want to compare Google, Yahoo and Bing? Try this search tool. You can try it on web or image search. You are first presented with three anonymised columns and you decide which gives you the best results. Only then are you told which column belongs to which search engine. The position of the columns on the page is changed each time you search so you cannot cheat! Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • iSEEK is a relatively new search engine that clusters results into topics on the left hand side of your results screen. Clustering is not new: Clusty , for example, is just one of many search tools that have been doing this for several years. For my test searches, though, iSEEK comes up with more meaningful topics and clusters. These include places, people, organisations and date and time. The results from test searches on people’s names suggest that iSEEK gives priority to biographies and social media profiles. As well as the default “Web” search there is an “Education” option that appears to give priority to more research oriented pages. For some searches, for example “peak oil”, the topics on the left of the screen included US school grade level. To search you can type in a natural language question or keywords, and use quotation marks around phrases, but that is it. There is no advanced search for searching by filetype for example. This has proved very popular on some of my advanced search workshops. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Interested live federated search of selected business sources. It is slower than the general search engines because it actually runs your search live on the business sites. You’ll get an initial list to view and then an option to add extra results once it has completed its search on all of the sites. Like iSeek the left hand panel show the results organised into various categories such as topic, authors, publications, date, organisations etc. Click on Advanced Search and open up the All sources list to see what is covered. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • These are not really ‘new’ tools but they do sometimes pick up on new search engines and add them to their lists. Use services such as Zuula or Browsys Finder to remind you of the different types of information that are available and the relevant search tools. Type in your search once and click on the search tools one by one. Excellent for a simple basic search but you cannot use the advanced search features that are available in the individual search engines. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • One of the Top 10 Tips that participants of my advanced search workshops regularly come up with is using file format options to focus your search. If you are looking for an expert on a topic, a conference presentation or a quick overview of a topic then seek out PowerPoint files; government and industry reports are often stored as PDFs; and substantial collections of statistics may be left in Excel format. Both Google and Yahoo have options for file type searches on their advanced search screens, but if you want a quick and easy way of searching both of these search tools for the four main file types (Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint), then head for DocJax . Simply type your search terms into the box and DocJax will pull up a list of all four file formats in Yahoo and Google that contain your terms. You can then limit your search to just one file type by clicking on one of the four logos at the top of the list. I have only one minor quibble with DocJax, which is that it does not deduplicate the results. Other than that, it is an excellent tool for filetype searching. Many thanks to Peter Guillaume for alerting me to the service. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • After months of pre-launch hype Wolfram Alpha is now up and running for us all to try out. It has been labelled by some as a  potential Google killer but it has always called itself a “computational knowledge engine” or fact search engine. “ Wolfram Alpha is backed by Stephen Wolfram , the noted scientist and author behind the Mathematica computational software and the book, A New Kind Of Science. The service bills itself as a “computational knowledge engine,” which is a mouthful. I’d call it a “fact search engine” or perhaps an “ answer search engine ,” a term that’s been used in the past for services designed to provide you with direct answers, rather than point you at pages that in turn may hold those answers.” From Impressive: The Wolfram Alpha “Fact Engine” http://searchengineland.com/wolfram-alpha-fact-engine-18431 If you are interested in the background and aims of WolframAlpha the article in Searchengineland.com goes into more detail. I am not going to go into any more background here, enlightening and informative though it is, because the average punter will not bother and will simply type in a query. This is where the trouble starts. You have to understand that WolframAlpha deals with data and statistics, but only certain types of data. If you are looking for market share data, forget it. My test search on gin vodka sales UK came up with what was to be the all too common: “ Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input.” Half a dozen searches later it found an answer for one of my test queries – world oil production. The answer was correct but horrendously out of date: an estimate for 2004. The same search in Google came up with figures for 2008 and estimates for 2009. It managed to the find the population of the UK but when I asked it for the population of Caversham it decided that I really meant Faversham. Google wins again on this one. Twitter tweets #wolframalpha suggested that it is very good at comparing country data. It provided some very basic data when I looked at UK and France but adding a third (Germany) caused it to totally lose the plot. Some data was labelled with the country but for the rest I was left guessing. As WolframAlpha has a scientific bias I tried it on Planck’s constant, which it got right (but then so does Google in big bold letters at the top of the results list). Spinach vitamin C was another winner, but trying to compare it with mango and broccoli was more of a challenge. If you type in spinach mango broccoli Vitamin C, WolframAlpha only looks for vitamin C in broccoli. You have to type in ’spinach and mango and broccoli vitamin C’. It came up with a table for vitamin C levels for all three but there is only one nutritional facts table and it is not labelled. I then decided to see if could come up with information on the origin of petroleum. Another fail as it tried to look for the origin of  the word petroleum. How about zeolites then? No it asked me if I meant websites. Next stop companies, which WolframAlpha suggests it can handle. It provided limited share price data on Royal Dutch Shell and even managed to compare it with BP and Tullow Oil. The information is rather spartan and you would be far better off going to Yahoo Finance or Google Finance for information on listed companies. WolframAlpha failed totally when I added in Heritage Oil. Was a fourth company too much? I did a separate search on Heritage Oil and it simply did not recognise the company. Now, come on – Heritage Oil is on the London Stock exchange, which is where I thought WoframAlpha was getting its data (or so the labelling implied) but that may not be the case. When you look at the Source Information it says “ This list is intended as a guide to sources of further information. The inclusion of an item on this list does not necessarily mean that its content was used as the basis for any specific WolframAlpha result. For me, this is a major issue. I need to know where the information has come from and a list of  possible sources is not good enough. It is still very early days for WolframAlpha, so it may eventually live up to expectations. It has long way to go and there are major problems to address: 1. The types of query that it can handle are limited and this needs to be made more obvious to the average searcher 2. The way you phrase your search is important. For some of my test searches I had to try four or five variations before it came up with any results. The average searcher will give up after the first attempt and go back to Google. 3. Some of the information is seriously out of date. 4. Sources are not directly linked to the data. It is essential that one knows where the information has come from. I shall go back on a regular basis to see how it is progressing but for the present I am sticking with my existing favourite  sources for serious research. And… 5. It gets some stuff very wrong. See next slide. Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
  • Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape 6 October 2009 (c) Karen Blakeman 2009
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    • 1. 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk Internet Search: a challenging and ever changing landscape CILIP in the Thames Valley, 6 October 2009 [email_address] , Twitter: karenblakeman Blog: http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ http://www.slideshare.net/karenblakeman Photo: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/597631 © Copyright Andrew Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence . This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
    • 2. Comments before we start
      • I have annotated some of the slides in this presentation with extracts from my blog postings and new comments. As many of the slides are screen shots make sure you check out the notes.
      • I have been trying to add a narration but cannot get it to work in Office 2007 – I may have sussed it by the time I make the presentation generally available (no promises!)
      • Apologies if I have missed out your favourite new gizmo but we have limited time for this session.
      • Blatant advertising warning: If you want to learn more and have time to play with these tools I am running a workshop in London on 29th October 2009. Details on http://www.rba.co.uk/training/searching.htm
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 3. What’s happening with search
      • Lots!
      • New services and products from Google
      • Live.com re-launched as Bing
      • Visualisation of search results
      • New specialist search tools
      • Web 2.0 and social media included in the standard ‘search mix’
          • forget about the labels and jargon
          • for serious research this is no longer an option it is an essential part of your information search strategy
          • you go to where the conversations are
          • you go to where the information is
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 4. Google – What’s New
      • Show options
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 5. Google – Options, date and timeline 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 6. Google – related searches 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 7. Google Wonderwheel 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 8. Google – more shopping sites 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 9. Google Images - Options 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 10. Chromatik - Image search by colour http://chromatik.labs.exalead.com/
      • Review at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/09/16/searching-for-images-by-colour/
      • Search by colour and keyword
      • Images from Flickr but can’t click through to original page
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 11. Multicolr Search Lab http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr/
      • Search for up to 10 colours
      • No key word searching of content
      • Flickr creative commons images
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 12. Google Similar Images
      • http://similar-images.googlelabs.com/
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 13. Creative Commons and public domain images
      • Karen Blakeman's Blog Free-to-use images might not be
        • http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/07/16/free-to-use-images-might-not-be/
      • Google advanced image search
        • use the pull down menu under usage rights
      • Flickr Creative Commons
        • http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
      • Wikimedia Commons
        • http://commons.wikimedia.org/
      • MorgueFile.com
        • http://www.morguefile.com/
      • Most of the images on US government web sites (but do check)
      • Nasa
        • http://www.nasa.gov/
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 14. Google Caffeine http://www.comparecaffeine.com/ 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 15. Google Squared
      • Google Labs http://labs.google.com/
        • http://www.google.com/squared
      • Tries to compile a table (squares) from the information in the pages on your results page
      • But web pages unstructured and tables are structured
      • Can edit, remove or manually add information
      • Can add or remove columns
      • It does give you the source and you can view the document
      • Can now sort table by data in a column e.g. heights of mountains
      • Can now export tables as csv files
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 16. Google Squared 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 17. Exalead Labs – http://labs.exalead.com/
      • http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/09/exalead-laboratories.html
      • Chromatik – search by key word and colour
      • Constellations
        • Interesting visualisation of search results
      • Miiget – for celebrities
      • Tweepz – Twitter search for people
      • Voxalead News – searches for your terms within news videos
      • Wikifier (?)
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 18. Exalead Labs - Constellations 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 19. Miiget – for celebrities 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 20. Tweepz – people on Twitter 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 21. Yahoo!
      • http://www.yahoo.co.uk/
      • http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ http://search.yahoo.com/
      • May start using Bing web search next year
      • Home page seem to change every few months
      • Now includes options to limit search to selected networking sites
      • Search pad for recording searches & notes, Explore Concepts
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 22. Bing
      • http://www.bing.com/ , http://www.bing.co.uk/ (was live.com)
      • “ decision engine”
      • Results tend to be more consumer oriented
      • Seems to have the most up to date database and possibly the most extensive database of web pages (although we were told at a London meeting that they only have 10 billion pages!)
      • Good image search option
      • Maps http://maps.bing.com/
      • New interface but no improvement in advanced search screen
      • Results vary considerably depending on the country version
      • May be issues regarding censorship see Phil Bradley’s blog
        • Bing: excluding results from UK version?
        • http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/06/bing-excluding-results-from-uk-version.html
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 23. Blindsearch
      • http://blindsearch.fejus.com/
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 24. iSEEK
      • http://www.iseek.com/
      • Clusters results into topics, people, places, organisations, date & time
      • Search on a person gives priority to social media profiles
      • “ Education” option – more research oriented pages
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 25. Biznar
      • http://www.biznar.com/
      • Real time federated search of selected business resources, some of them “hidden web” or “deep web”
      • Click on Advanced Search to see a list of the sources
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 26. Multi-search engines
      • Zuula
        • http://www.zuula.com
        • runs your search through a range of search tools one by one
        • order can be customised
      • Browsys Finder (was Intelways/Crossengine)
        • http://www.browsys.com/finder
        • similar to Zuula but with more options
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 27. Zuula
      • http://www.zuula.com/
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 28. http://www.browsys.com/finder/ 6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk Click on search tools one by one
    • 29. DocJax
      • http://www.docjax.com/
      • Search for pdf, ppt, doc, xls files in Yahoo and Google
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 30. Wolfram Alpha
      • http://www.wolframalpha.com/
      • “ Computational knowledge engine”
      • “ Curated data”
        • gathered from a variety of sources and added to their database
      • Does not give you the source of the answers
      • Sometimes very out of date
      • Sometimes wrong e.g. structure of galactose
      • Have to ask the question in the right way
      • Good for maths homework!
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 31. Wolfram Alpha
      • Structure of Galactose – EPIC FAIL!
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 32. Blogs
      • For expert opinion and up to the minute news
      • Blog postings often indexed within minutes of publication
      • Google search, click on Show options on results page and select Blogs, or select last 24 hours or past week under date/time options
      • Google Blogsearch
        • http://www.google.com/blogsearch
        • includes web pages that have RSS feeds e.g. news sites that are not strictly speaking blogs
      • Blogpulse
        • http://www.blogpulse.com/
        • click on trends to see graph of how often your terms are mentioned in the postings indexed by Blogpulse
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 33. Twitter
      • For seeing what people are saying about a company, organisation, product, person or conference
      • Reputation monitoring
      • Trouble –shooting
      • http://search.twitter.com/
      • For older tweets use Google Advanced Search and search within twitter.com under site/domain search
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 34. 123People
      • http://www.123people.com/
      • Searches
        • image sections of major search engines
        • Flickr
        • Facebook
        • LinkedIn
        • Blogs
        • Web
        • Videos
        • Email addresses
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
    • 35. Further information & keeping up to date
      • Information World Review (IWR) and IWR Blog
        • http://www.iwr.co.uk/ , http://blog.iwr.co.uk/
      • Phil Bradley’s Blog
        • http://philbradley.typepad.com/
      • Karen Blakeman’s Blog
        • http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/
      • Internet Resources Newsletter
        • http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/
      • Annual Online Information Exhibition, London, usually at the beginning of December
        • http://www.online-information.co.uk/
        • Extensive programme of free seminars, updates and master classes on the exhibition floor.
      6 October 2009 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk