Google works for me now

14 08 2008

I’ve  been wondering how all the bloggers whose work I read find all the information on new resources and developments on the web that they write about. In part this is probably due to good professional contacts in academia and IT, but I imagine a fair few of them are using Google alerts or something similar. Google alerts carries out a by-the-minute, daily or weekly search for terms set by you and then sends you an e-mail with the search results. The interface looks like this:

I opted for a daily alert for searches on web 2.0 and information literacy and I’ve found it’s a good way of finding new blogs, news and media on these subjects. You can opt to search the web, news, groups, blogs, video or a comprehensive search for all five. It’s nice to feel that I’m distracting Mr Google from his plans for world domination by sending him scuttling around the web, filling his arms with interesting web 2.0 titbits and dumping them in my inbox every morning.

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25 08 2008
tradermike

You should also check out FaveBot.com — it can track keywords / phrases in podcasts, videos, blog posts, news articles, (new) books, etc. Plus it can find local events matching your keywords. You can track your output (results) on the site or via RSS feeds.

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