List of Favorite People Sourcing and Research ToolsIrina Shamaeva’s BlogLast Updated: April 25, 2013Here is a List of People Sourcing, Internet Research, and Social Recruiting Tools and Resources. Except as otherwise noted, only listing freetools (or those with useful free options)."Dream Software" Contenders (all paid): Dice Open Web Swoop Entelo Talentbin Gild RemarkablehireInternational Social Networks: XING Orkut Viadeo SkillpagesSocial Cross-Referencing: Rapportive Falcon WhoWorks.AtEmail Verification: MailTester Fonant Mail TesterAutomation/Scheduling (mostly for Social Media Management):
HootSuite- (supports all major sites, full social media management suite) Buffer- a lighter-weight solution than Hootsuite, great for just scheduling updates (Twitter, LI Profile/Group, FB Profile/Pages -no G+) Dlvr.it- Content sharing management to social networks If This Then That- Create automation recipes (one trigger with one action) - interesting, but somewhat limited. ZipRecruiter- job distribution Bullhorn Reach - job distributionStandalone URL Shortening: Goo.gl- easy, fast, and excellent, but no privacy control Bitly - also with chrome extension, has privacy control for linksFile Storage and Sharing Dropbox (also has a link shortener for sharing) - great for videos, images, and anything else (no built-in document editors) Google Drive- seamless integration with Google office document editing apps, but weak support for other files (most featuresdont work or work as well) Box - a not quite perfect blend of the above (sort of supports document editing with your desktop apps)Other Productivity Browser Add-Ons (Chrome and FireFox): Fastest Chrome Fastest Fox iMacros Firefox iMacros Chrome Search by Image (Chrome) Selection Search (Chrome)Scraping, Parsing, Filtering, and Sorting: Outwit Hub Outwit Docs Broadlook Contact Capture Free tools from eGrabber Email Extractor ScraperWiki Automated Prospecting (a Chrome extension) Scraper (a Chrome extension)Search Engines:There is a search engine for every occasion. Take a look at the "Wikipedia article some time, to see if one better fits your needs. Some of myfavorites follow:General SearchNote: this is actually a complete list of general search engines that index web pages globally. DuckDuckGo combines a bit of indexing withsending queries to other places, including Google.
Google- still the biggest and best, most of the time Bing- worth a look for some types of search (or side-by side with Google via the various Bing Challenge portals) Duckduckgo- worth noting primarily because it can be used as a search dashboard - pass searches from DDG into your engine ofchoice Yandex- A big out-of-US competitor to Google, still better in Russian than English, but getting there. Blekko - curated, spamless search, comparatively tiny index, extremely interesting public data dumpsReal Time / Social Search Topsy socialmention* Google Alerts LinkedIn Alerts talkwalkerTwitter Based ManageFlitter SocialBro Klout followerwonk Twellow TweepzPast Search WayBack Machine - Internet ArchivePeople and Company search LeadFerret Zoominfo- Easy x-ray for basic info Jigsaw- Share your contacts to review others ImpluCorporation- info on public companies InsideView Link Silicon Valley Whois - any whois is okay, this one just has an easy bypass for sales stuff Pipl PeekYou ZABA®SEARCH Yatedo WIEOWIEFree Resume Search Indeed.com TheLaddersLinkedIn-Based LinkedIn Signal