November 12, 2007
I have been using all of the search tools taught to us in this class so far. I have found Google Alerts and a custom Google search box the best. The Google alerts has provided me with so many updates and new pages that I would not be able to find unless I searched for these queries every day. Instead I get emails of all of the new results which provides me with a simple way to view all of this data. Obviously this saves me lots of time.
Google custom search is a great feature. I added a script to both of my Wikis so that I can easily search for new content when I am in or out of class. I customized the searches by adding a bunch of stock or gaming websites that I want Google to focus on the most. This allows me to get results that are ranked based on my algorithm. Google search is great but it is based on the general public. By giving Google sites that I want it to focus on, I skew the results towards the type that I need and want.
RSS feeds are a very common topic in this class. As the class goes on, we have learned more and more ways to aggregate them and use them for our research. RSS feeds are great for news sites or sites that have constant content updates. I am able to view updates on all of my content sites without spending them time at each website. Instead, my bloglines has two folders, stocks and technology, and I can get all the news that I need for the week. This obviously saves me time and allows me to spend more time analyzing the data at hand. Feed43 has allowed me to make RSS easily for sites with constant news updates but that did not have RSS. My business topic does not have much news updates, however, so I set up many Google Alerts to monitor the pages and updated Google search content. This works really well since I am given emails of new spot gambling sites or sites that link to it recently, which is more of what I am looking to do for this topic.
I found, however, that these are more useful than page monitors. Page monitors are pretty useless in my opinion. They are too static and have too many false positives. By creating your own RSS feed or using one that exists, you can monitor news or items that change. Then you can look at it and view the ones that seem interesting or useful. Page monitors provide me with too much garbage with ends up deterring me from even looking at the data presented.
November 07, 2007
Google Search Results: Stock News Results
Google Search Results: Online Spot Betting