Anything but Google

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This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Anything but Google! CILIP in Hants and Wight Karen Blakeman, 5 th April 2011 karenblakeman Blog: Presentation available on: http://

A lot has been happening in search:

A lot has been happening in search New developments personalisation localisation semantic search new search features galore, especially in Google Microsoft pushing Bing Yahoo now using Bing web database Social media now an essential part of search 19/11/2013 2

The problem with Google...:

The problem with Google... Results depend on country version used, browser and version of browser, operating system, platform, logged in to a Google account or not, web history, naughty lists, searcher location specified or not, language, which server Google happens to send your search to, Google experiments, is it a leap year, how many points do you have on your Tesco club card..... Google increasingly ignores commands and does its own thing 19/11/2013 3

Google's Collateral Damage: SEO Cat & Mouse Game :

Google's Collateral Damage: SEO Cat & Mouse Game 19/11/2013 4

How Google works:

How Google works Schmidt: Listing Google’s 200 Ranking Factors Would Reveal Business Secrets Dear Bing, We Have 10,000 Ranking Signals To Your 1,000. Love, Google 0000-ranking-signals-google-55473 over 200 hundred “signals” many have over 50 variations Spaghetti algorithms Photo: spaghetti e rucola 19/11/2013 5

What does Google think you’re interested in?:

What does Google think you’re interested in? Get a rough idea from your ad preferences do not need to be logged in to a Google account browser and machine specific 19/11/2013 6

Google social search:

Google social search Includes results from your social circle in your search results if you are signed in to your Google account Only way to switch it off is to log out of your account 19/11/2013 7

Your social circle:

Your social circle Primary and secondary connections now included in your search Login to your Google account, go to and scroll down to Social Circle and Content 19/11/2013 8 List of direct and secondary connections

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Google thinks it knows best!:

Google thinks it knows best! Oi! Google – you have seriously overstepped the mark : 19/11/2013 10 Aaarrrghhh!!

Coots vs. lions:

Coots vs. lions 19/11/2013 11   Luca Galuzzi - Coot ahoy! [Not to scale!]

Coots mating behaviour – abridged version!:

Coots mating behaviour – abridged version! With special thanks to Arthur Weiss and Susanna Winter Google decides that coots are really lions Update on coots vs. lions Please Note: Google now does what I consider to be a correct search for coots mating behaviour 19/11/2013 12

Coots vs. lions:

Coots vs. lions 19/11/2013 13

Coots vs. lions:

Coots vs. lions 19/11/2013 14

Coots vs. lions:

Coots vs. lions 19/11/2013 15

Coots vs. lions:

Coots vs. lions 19/11/2013 16

Time for a change?:

Time for a change? Yahoo uses Bing database but retains its own interface and some unique commands link: linkdomain : region: e.g. region:europe , region:mediterranean others are africa , asia , centralamerica , northamerica , southamerica , mideast , southeastasia , downunder Many of the Advanced Search commands are similar see Search Strategies for the Internet: Search Tools Summary and Comparison : Often more up to date and some unique content 19/11/2013 17


Yahoo! 19/11/2013 18

Yahoo advanced screen (under More..):

Yahoo advanced screen (under More..) 19/11/2013 19 19/11/2013 20

Bing Advanced Search:

Bing Advanced Search Advanced search screen minimalist! Need to use commands detailed list at Advanced Operator Reference : (some do not work) Supports full Boolean 19/11/2013 21

Want to explore other stuff –

Want to explore other stuff – Type in your search once and work your way through the search tools Can edit search tools order and remove unwanted ones 19/11/2013 22

Ask someone! :

Ask someone! Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, discussion lists 19/11/2013 23

Search tools for social media:

Search tools for social media Excellent presentation from Phil Bradley covers the best Social Media Search Engines : My two personal favourites from his list , 19/11/2013 24

Bing Social:

Bing Social Not easy to find - - and disappointing when you do 19/11/2013 25

Social media search:

Social media search Social networks often best searched separately and from “within” advanced search and full Boolean Advanced Search beta 19/11/2013 26

Searching Twitter and tweets:

Searching Twitter and tweets Tweepz - search for people or organisations on Twitter Searching public tweets (take a look at Advanced Search) limited time period (Google Realtime wins here – back to Feb 2010) Twapperkeeper ( ) archives on keywords or hashtags setup by individuals particularly useful for conference and event tweets 19 November 2013 Karen Blakeman 27

Twitter: and

Twitter: and 19 November 2013 Karen Blakeman 28


Presentations 19/11/2013 29


Slidefinder Identifies individual slides within a presentation 19/11/2013 30


Maps 19/11/2013 31 Bing can’t find Portsmouth University Library (Google can) Have to use postcode

Bing maps:

Bing maps Once you’ve told Bing your start and finish point, driving and walking directions similar to Google But no public transport options, no estimated fuel cost Birds eye (equivalent to Google Satellite) sometimes more up to date and higher resolution No Street View  19/11/2013 32


Images Bing, Yahoo, Flickr and a host of others 19/11/2013 33

Images - Creative Commons and public domain :

Images - Creative Commons and public domain Karen Blakeman's Blog Free-to-use images might not be Flickr Creative Commons or advanced search screen Idee Inc. ( ) including Multicolr Search Lab Wikimedia Commons Geograph British Listed Buildings Most of the images on US government web sites (but do check) Nasa 19 November 2013 Karen Blakeman 34


Video,, iTunes, iTunes U Blinkx - Truveo – country versions available Zuula - click on the video tab Browsys Finder click on the video tab 19 November 2013 Karen Blakeman 35


News 19/11/2013 36 19/11/2013 37

NewsUK -

NewsUK - 19/11/2013 38

Stock markets and business news:

Stock markets and business news Yahoo! Finance 19/11/2013 39


Alerts Want an alternative to Google Reader? Desktop clients such as RSS Owl, Outlook 2007 and later Online – 19/11/2013 40

Customised home page:

Customised home page Netvibes or My Yahoo! 19/11/2013 41

Google Scholar:

19 November 2013 Karen Blakeman 42 Google Scholar No source list Not comprehensive and omits many key scientific publications Both peer-reviewed and un-reviewed articles, pre-prints, institutional repositories, references to books, citations Does not use publishers’ meta data Author search unreliable, search on year of publication unreliable Sometimes does weird things with your search terms Peter Jasco - Google Scholar's Ghost Authors, Lost Authors, and Other Problems Use with caution and be aware that there are huge gaps in coverage

A few specialist tools:

A few specialist tools 19/11/2013 43 : 19/11/2013 44

More statistics:

More statistics 19/11/2013 45 Guardian World Government Data vs. Guardian Data Blog Guardian World Government Data - a better way of searching government statistics 19/11/2013 46 19/11/2013 47

Create your own search tool :

Create your own search tool “Slashtags” define your own set of web sites for searches 19/11/2013 48

Google free day?:

Google free day? But I can’t use my favourite Google Custom Search Engines  Free Full Text scientific articles Chipwrapper - Search UK newspapers LGSearch - local government search Directionlessgov - Comparison of and Google I miss the realtime search and blogsearch Youtube! So many of my RSS feeds come via Feedburner And I seriously miss the date restrictions in Google’s results side bar 19/11/2013 49

Google results side bars:

Google results side bars 19/11/2013 50

Can’t give up Google?:

Can’t give up Google? Look very, very, very carefully at your results and at what Google is trying to do to your search automatic assumption of typos automatic searching for variations and synonyms Use plus signs to try and force an exact match Change the order of your terms Repeat one or more of your terms Use advanced search commands Open up the side bars ...or give up and use something completely different 19/11/2013 51

YouTube - Goggle Vision: using electronic resources :

YouTube - Goggle Vision: using electronic resources 19/11/2013 52

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