There are multiple ways today to find information on the web. There are different kind of information to search for. The search task experienced could be overwhelming, frustrating, long and tiring or fun, efficient and successful. It is helpful to think through the search keywords, the search objectives, the type of information and the source of the information beforehand. I listed in this post my most frequently used searching tools. I also added a table mapping some of the possible search tasks to the tool that I think is the best for accomplishing it.
Google just fail when you type the word “free”. You get too many results promoting non-free stuff. I found out multiple times that I can find the best results using this web site. The wisdom of the crowd works for me in this case.
What is hot now?
Does anybody care about a cartain subject (yes, including me or my stuff)?
Don’t leave the first page too quickly. By Examining the Trending Topics I just know what’s on people’s minds today. It is sometime requires to drill down to the conversationitself to understand the listed term (by clicking the link).
What is hot now in the rest of the world (outside US)?
When I’m tired of spam from Google search results.
Twingly’s “Hot right now” list is a little biased towards Europe – and that’s a good thing.
It is early but they recently added Blog profile so in the future I will use it looking for blog information.
Blog information like: post reaction, tag cloud (getting general impression about this blog connect).
Location in the blogsphere looking at its rank and authority.
It is just the beginning so it is not as rich as other more matured search engines but in the multiple times that I used it to actually search for information (not connections) I got excellent and very clean results.
I tried using it for searching information about individuals too and I got LinkedIn bio info.
One of the first thing that I do once I get a new resume is to check this candidate’s profile page in LinkedIn. I can also check to see if we are somehow connected.
I hope that by writing this post I can help people to become aware of their search activity and the available options today on the web. I will be happy to hear about more search tasks, objectives and tools.