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Knowing From Search

I started to write a post today about search. I wanted to emphasize that it is not only important how you search but where. I ended up going on and on and the results were way too scattered and rambling. I’m going to try to explain this simple concept more clearly here.

<h3>What you are searching for and where to do it:</h3>

<ol>

    <li><em>A Definition or Explanation.</em><br /><br />
        Use <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/">Wikipedia</a> or the <a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/">Dictionary</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Buzz.</em></strong><br /><br />
                     Check the blogs with <a href="http://www.sphere.com/">Sphere</a> or <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">Technorati</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>A Product or Review.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Use one of <a href="http://froogle.google.com/">The</a> <a href="http://shopping.msn.com/default/shp/">Big</a> <a href="http://shopping.yahoo.com/">Dogs</a>, or<a href="http://www.bizrate.com/">one of</a> <a href="http://www.nextag.com/">the</a> <a href="http://www.mysimon.com/">competitors</a>. Read the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm">consumer report</a>, check the <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">blogs</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Basics.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Just need an address or phone number? Try the <a href="http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/yellowpages/">Yellow Pages</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Scoop.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       Searching for news? Try <a href="http://www.newsvine.com/">Newsvine</a> or <a href="http://search.msn.com/news/">The</a> <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/">Big</a> <a href="http://news.google.com/">Dogs</a>. Technology Specific? Search <a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a> or <a href="http://www.digg.com/">Digg</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>Like-minded People.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://groups.google.com/">Search</a> <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/">through the</a> <a href="http://groups.msn.com/">newsgroups</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>An Image.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://images.google.com/">Google images</a> might turn up something you can use, but <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/search">Flickr</a> is king for finding tons of great images.</li>
  • Anything movie related.

    Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb are probably all you’ll ever need.