The ‘Top-Notch Technology and Media Blogs’ Search Engine

19 January 2010 Categories: information overload

custom_search_logo[1]I often find that Google isn't quite tuned in to my search needs. Although I would rather that it only searched sites I know and trust, I often get results from sites that don't look trustworthy or aren't of high quality.

That is why I've created a custom search engine that only searches the best technology sitesThe 'Top-Notch Technology and Media Blogs' Search Engine.

Try it out



Become a Google Ninja with Advanced Search Operators

02 November 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Google Logo - advanced google search Do you ever feel that if you could only tell Google a bit more about what you're trying to find, the search results would be much better? Well, as you probably know – 

Google has some advanced search operators that help to refine search queries. You can use them to better focus your queries by specifying things like which sites to search, use placeholders, search for exact matches, and more.

Here is a quick guide to Google's advanced search operators.

Starting with Google's advanced operators

Double quotation marks (" ") for exact much:

When you enclose a phrase in quotation marks, Google returns only pages that contain that exact phrase. The results have to contain all the words and in the exact same order as you wrote them. Search for "The first Twitter user", for example, and you'll only get back pages that contain exactly that phrase. This advanced search feature is one of the most useful in my opinion.

Asterisk (*) is a placeholder for one or more words:

adding * replaces any number of words in your query. Example: let's say you want to find articles that teach Google search practices, like this one. You could use the following query for that task:

"how to Search * with Google"

The quotation marks will make sure that you'll get back pages with that sentence in them. But since there's Asterisk in the query, you'll find different versions of it. So, you might get back this sentence: How to Search Faces with Google, this one: How to SearchEffectively with google, or any other variation that matches the query. See the results in the image below or try the query yourself. how to Search  with Google […]


How to Search the Web Real-Time

07 October 2009 Categories: Internet tools

This is a guest post by Ann Smarty, a social media and search blogger and online entrepreneur.

Real-time search is the latest achievement of web 2.0. Never before was it so easy to speak to the whole world and to be instantly heard. This post overviews the 4 most popular search engines capable of generating fresh results.

It is hard to compare them to choose the best one: there are no winners in this game. They all have some benefits and should be used in particular cases:

Real-time search engine Data source How old are the results? Most important benefit
Twitter Twitter discussions Instant The huge service popularity and thus a large index of data
Facebook Facebook discussions Instant The huge service popularity and thus a large index of data
Google Google web index One hour old Plenty of search opportunities
Friendfeed Most social networks + all user-added feeds Instant Multiple data sources combined



Aardvark – Get High Quality Answers in Real Time from Real People

10 September 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Aardvark LogoI’ve recently added a new tool to my information searching arsenal – Aardvark. I use Google, Google Reader, Twitter, my chat friends and other tools to find information. But Aardvark fills a gap these tools leave open.

Aard what?

At the end point (your side, as a user) all that Aardvark does is take a question you submit, find someone who can answer it and send you back the answer. It does that by searching for a user that is online and has knowledge in the field of the question you asked (and preferably, is from your network on Aardvark). Than it sends him or her question. The answer is sent right back to you, usually within few minuets. Often, you get more then one answers from several different people.

If you are not satisfied with the answer you got, you can easily resubmit it for other people to answer it or asked the ones that already did to elaborate.



Status Search – Search within Your Friends’ Status Updates

24 July 2009 Categories: information overload


Social networks and social media tools let you find and communicate with people all over the world, even if you’ve never met or known them before. But sometimes, all you really need is the opinion, advice or support of the people closest to us. Status Search answers that need by letting you search your friends’ social status updates.

Recently launched in beta, Status Search is a little private search engine. It connects to your Facebook and Twitter accounts (no need to give away any passwords) and then lets you search the status updates of the people you follow, and also the photos, links and videos of your Facebook friends.

Can’t I just use Google?

If you think about it, many of your quests for information would be better answered, and sometimes can only be answered, by people you know or those who are in your close surroundings. Also, you have much better information about the reliability of these people and it is easier to approach them.

Let’s think of some realistic examples. It’s Saturday morning and you want to go with someone to the sea. Just type in ‘sea’ and you’ll find all the people who’ve written something about it – some are probably about to go there…


Use Windows Built-In Search to Look For Project Related Information

09 June 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

Upon undertaking a new project it is a good practice to search for related work done in your organization. Asking co-workers if they are aware of such a work is one (good) way to do it. Another way is to search for documents in your file system. The latter can be done using the built-in search feature in windows.

To search for documents related to you project, do the following:

  1. Go to the root folder (found it under ‘My Computer’, you can use the keyboard shortcut Winkey + E).
  2. Click the “Search” button on the upper toolbar (see image below).
  3. A new window will open inside the current one.  Write a keyword related to the new project in the search box and hit search. You can search all or part of file names or a word or a phrase inside files.

screenshout of a folder with an arrow poiting at the search button in the upper toolbar

The built-in search feature in windows folders

The results of the search you performed are a good base for the new project. It will allow you to continue previous work undertaken in your organization and save you time reinventing the wheel.