A Guide to Finding Up to the Minute Details on the Latest News

11 March 2011 Categories: information overload

While the rise of social networking sites has given unprecedented access to the latest information and news, finding that information can be a daunting task. This guide will teach you which sites to use, provide some tips for successful searches, and use the current unrest in the Middle East as an example.

Maria RainierThis is a guest post by Maria Rainier. Maria is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student getting an online masters degree from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.


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Presentation: Tools and practices for Finding and processing information online

29 October 2010 Categories: information overload

Below is the presentation of a talk I gave in an ISOC-IL meetup about information management.The presentation describes Tools and practices that will help you:

  • Find interesting and useful stuff, mostly with RSS streams you build.
  • Share and store what you find.
  • Retrieve information you've processed.

Tool and practices for Finding and processing information online

View more presentations from Eyal Sela.



Search Twitter with Google – It’s Great!‎

26 October 2009 Categories: Internet tools

 If you've ever tried Twitter's search, you've probably found that it's not very good. Indeed, Other Twitter search alternatives exist, such as Trendistic, Tweefind, Tweetzi, and Twazzup. But wouldn't you rather just use Google for the task? To search Twitter with Google, all you need to do is add to the search query a limitation that tells it to search only within Twitter (and not the whole web). To do that, simply add the following string to the query:


So, for example, to find mentions of this blog, we'll add the word 'productivewise' to the query, as shown below (notice that there is a space between the search term, productivewise, and the sit URL) :

site:http://twitter.com/ productivewise

The results are displayed in the image below.

Search results from google when this query is used: site:http://twitter.com/ productivewise

Click this link to search Google with the above query (opens in a new window).



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



20 Social Media Practices to Use in Your Daily Life [Presentation]

06 August 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Two weeks a go I gave a lecture in a social media seminar. Now I’ve translated the presentation I used into English and made it easier to understand without seeing the actual lecture.

The presentation describes 20 social media practices that will help you in your daily life. It includes tools to monitor your web presence, ways to track interesting topics and conversations, methods to find people and to get answers, and more.

It revolves around the following seven categories:

  1. People Database
  2. Keeping in touch and more
  3. Conversation
  4. Search
  5. Collaborating
  6. Monitoring and News
  7. Self monitoring

I’ll be glad to get your feedback and thoughts about it.

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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…