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Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time
* Be wary when you surf. Watch for giant waves of misinformation and the jagged rocks of hidden agendas.
* But there's plenty of useful stuff; you just need to know where to look.

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Search Engines
different kinds of search engines

  • MY DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE: where I start all my searches
    Google
    : try the Toolbar (Windows only; Mac coming)
    http://www.google.com
    SreeTip: Better Googling: Things you didn't know Google does
    http://www.sreetips.com/google.html
  • GUIDE TO SEARCH ENGINES: InfoPeople: search tools chart
    http://infopeople.org/search/chart.html
    SearchEngineWatch: newsletter and rankings
    http://www.searchenginewatch.com
  • REFERENCE SEARCHES: not just search engines
    Hotbot Quick Search Deskbar: http://www.hotbot.com/tools/
    GuruNet.com: http://www.gurunet.com
  • OTHER SEARCH ENGINES: Beyond Google
    AllTheWeb: fresher results - index refreshes every 10 days instead of Google's 28
    http://www.alltheweb.com
    Kartoo: visual display of links
    http://www.kartoo.com
    Yahoo: human indexers at work
    http://www.yahoo.com
    Ask Jeeves: ask questions; multiple engines in one place
    http://www.askjeeves.com
  • GROUPED LISTINGS, instead of long lists
    Teoma: see experts' links
    http://www.teoma.com
    Vivisimo: automatic grouping of documents
    http://www.vivisimo.com
    ILOR: keep track of search results
    http://www.ilor.com
  • MULTIPLE SEARCHES: several search boxes in one place
    Fagan Finder: http://www.faganfinder.com
    Cyberjournalist SuperSearch: http://www.cyberjournalist.net/supersearch/index.htm
  • Copernic: downloadable metasearch engine
    http://www.copernic.com
  • PLAGIARISM FINDER: see if passages are stolen from elsewhere on the Web
    Try putting long sentences into Google, within quote marks
    FindSame: Died dot-com death in August 2001
  • TRACKING SEARCH TRENDS: What are people searching for?
    The Lycos 50: http://50.lycos.com
    Yahoo Buzz Index: http://buzz.yahoo.com
    Google Zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html
    Altavista Search Trends: http://www.altavista.com/sites/about/trends
    AskJeeves most popular: http://www.jeevesiq.com/docs/about/jeevesiq.html
    Metaspy.com: live search watch

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Useful Sites
sites that help with various tasks


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Phone, E-mail, Web Info
find people and businesses

  • PHONE NUMBERS: use these before you dial directory assistance
    Switchboard: U.S. business and personal phone numbers
    http://www.switchboard.com
    PhoneNumbers.net: international numbers
    http://www.phonenumbers.net
    International Lookup: more international numbers
    http://www.whowhere.lycos.com/wwphone/world.html
  • REVERSE DIRECTORIES: lookup by number
    WhitePages.com: http://www.whitepages.com
    Infospace
    : http://www.infospace.com
  • AnyWho: search for phone numbers by address & distance
    http://www.anywho.com/resq.html
  • Freeality: various search tools in one place
    http://www.freeality.com
  • MESA: worldwide e-mail search
    http://mesa.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/
  • LinkPopularity: Check how many sites link to a particular site
    http://www.linkpopularity.com
  • Sam Spade Tools: investigate someone
    http://www.samspade.org/t/
  • BetterWhois.com: Search for domain names
    http://www.betterwhois.com; also see NetworkSolutions.com

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Grammar & Style
words, words, words


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Business Stuff


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Journalism Stuff — Part I: Finding Sources
sources on deadline

  • Profnet's Experts Database: searchable academics list
    http://www.profnet.com
  • Megasources: compilation by Dean Tudor, Ryerson journalism prof
    http://www.ryerson.ca/~journal/megasources.html
  • ExpertClick: searchable experts/groups list
    http://www.expertclick.com
  • MediaMap: send your query to PR pros
    http://www.mediamap.com/media
  • ExpertSource: send query to experts in various fields
    http://www.businesswire.com/ifmd/
  • Media Link: directory of sources
    http://www.medialin.com/
  • GuestFinder: just as the name says
    http://www.guestfinder.com
  • SPJ Rainbow Sourcebook: finding minority experts
    http://spj.org/diversity_search.asp
  • SLA's One-stop Shop: combined list of academics lists
    http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/experts.html
  • Facsnet: news backgrounders and sources
    http://www.fascnet.org
  • FINDING "REAL PEOPLE" - as opposed to officials or academics
    Usenet Archives: 35,000 newsgroup archives and searches
    http://groups.google.com/
    NetNewsTracker.com: searched newsgroups
    MAILING LISTS, connecting with people through mailing lists
    Yahoo Groups: http://www.yahoogroups.com
    Topica: http://www.topica.com
  • Who is John Doe? - and where to get the paper on him:
    http://www.reporter.org/desktop/tips/johndoe.htm

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Journalism Stuff — Part II: Reporting Guides
guides on various topics, written by journalists


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Journalism Stuff — Part III: Reporting Tips
tips on doing your reporting, by topic


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Journalism Stuff — Part IV: Writing Help
improve your writing


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Journalism Stuff — Part V: Tracking News Stories
Keeping up with what's a-goin' on


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Journalism Stuff — Part VI: Misc.


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Consumer Info
the more you know...

  • Killing Pop-up Ads: hate 'em, hate 'em
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/technology/WABC_techguru_022003popups.html
  • Killing Junk E-mail/Spam: hate 'em, hate 'em
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/technology/WABC_techguru_022003junkemail.html
  • Computers 101: tips on buying a computers and other tech tips
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/wabc_comp101_index_shell.html
  • Buying a laptop: tips on buying a notebook PC
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_techguru_081402laptop.html
  • Sree's Top Three: three top picks in various categories
    http://www.sreetips.com/top3.html
  • SHOPPING ONLINE: buying on the Web
    Top Three Shopping Sites: where to shop and how to be careful
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_techguru_020703shoppingsites.html
    Epinions.com: best place to get feedback on almost anything
    http://www.epinions.com
  • Roboform: help with Web passwords
    http://www.roboform.com
  • OnlineHomeBase.com: online note-taker for work and family
    http://www.onlinehomebase.com
  • 4MyEmergency.com: store important family info
    http://www.4myemergency.com
  • Keeping Kids Safe Online: tips for parents
    http://www.sree.net/tips/kidsonline.html
  • TRACKING FLIGHTS: watch a flight's progress
    FlightView: http://www.flightview.com
    Flight Tracker: http://www.trip.com/trs/trip/flighttracker/flight_tracker_graphic.xsl
    TrackAFlight: http://www.trackaflight.com
    AmIGoingDown: http://www.amigoingdown.com
    AirSafe: http://www.airsafe.com
    Landings: http://www.landings.com
  • ToastNet Performance Test: check speed of your connection
    http://performance.toast.net
  • DIGITAL CASH: pay with credit cards via e-mail
    PayPal: http://www.paypal.com
    c2it.com: http://www.c2it.com
  • PHONE/INTERNET SERVICES: wake-up calls, reminders and more
    TellMe: http://www.tellme.com
    iPing.com: http://www.iping.com
  • Consumer World: free guide to consumer information
    http://www.consumerworld.org
  • FreeAdvice.com: answers to legal questions
    http://www.freeadvice.com
  • Home Improvement: advice, contractors and more
    http://www.sree.net/tips/home.html
  • Car Web sites: kick those cyber tires
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/technology/WABC_techguru_040301_cars.html
  • Sree Tips on setting up a personal Web site
    http://www.sree.net/interland

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Just for Fun
test these out

  • JustATip.com: pass on an anonymous compliment or criticism
    http://www.justatip.com
  • Internet Archive: historical archive of millions of sites
    http://archive.org
  • AOL IM: get free instant messenger without AOL (my handle: sreenyc)
    http://www.aim.com
  • Stamps.com: no more licking (postage) again
    http://www.stamps.com
  • Dialectizer: translate sites into "redneck," "Elmer Fuddese" - sample
    http://www.rinkworks.com/dialect
  • TouristofDeath.com: he's real bad luck
    http://www.touristofdeath.com
  • Star Links -- connect actors with each other
    http://oracleofbacon.org/oracle/star_links.html
  • Asciimation: "Star Wars" as you've never seen it
    http://www.asciimation.co.nz

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Further Reading


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Others' Suggestions


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Downloads For Easier Surfing
downloadable software

  • Backflip: easier way to organize your bookmarks
    http://www.backflip.com
  • Smart Explorer: multiple browsers at once -new-
    http://www.smarteque.com; replaces Katiesoft

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Palm Must Haves
useful software for your personal digital assistant

  • Avantgo: mobile editions of The Economist, Salon, NYT & more
    http://www.avantgo.com
  • Vindigo: 19 city guides, including the NY Zagat
    http://www.vindigo.com

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Creative Interactives
for the more adventurous

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