Making Google YOUR FIND Engine

There are many ways to navigate and use the Internet. But first, we need to understand how the web works, the different types of information available, and how to locate what we need.
The goal if this assignment is to help you:

  • Identify what the internet is and how it is structured
  • Describe the various components of the Internet
  • Recognize different sources of information
  • Recognize and use appropriate language and labels identifying critical components of the web

This guide will help you explore the resources of the World Wide Web for your research, and introduce you to some strategies for evaluating Web sites.
The Web presents a host of new challenges to readers and researchers accustomed to the more rational world of the library stacks. Web sites are not organized like books in a library, and it would be impossible to catalog all of its sites. No one, after all, owns the Internet, there is no central organization in place to enforce quality or editorial standards.
Within the
Web pages themselves, finished prose mixes freely with conversation, art with advertising, and careful research with reckless hearsay. Information is often published on the Web which no serious publisher would touch. For this reason, Web sites are considered less authoritative research sources than printed articles and books.

Yet, the flexibility of Web presentation makes new kinds of publications possible. The Web may be the only place where some specialized or time-sensitive information can be made public, for no other reason than that it would be too difficult, or unprofitable, to put it into print. So along with the rubbish that a Web search inevitably churns up, there are those sources which make Web research invaluable, and in some cases essential.

Before we get started with the research process, we will examine the basic anatomy of a Web page; consider how to evaluate pages for their relevance, authority, and accuracy; then we will consider page types, and each type in detail. Then we will think about search strategies, and try out a few topic resources, Web directories, and search engines. There is a complete
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Search in Real Time
There are a number of ways to track popular real time conversations and topics.
Below are a few simple tips that will help you on the hunt for that tweet.

Use Hashtags:

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet. Hashtags categorize tweets to show up more easily in a Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message displays all the other tweets in that category.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
Get to Know Your Niche:
  • Great content can also be found within your own Twitter following. Be sure and re-tweet the friend within your niche. For instance: my niche is ‘literacy,social learning and media, educational technology." I can find a lot of great content not only by visiting blogs and online magazines that write about my interests, but also on niche sites like for presentations, YouTube for videos, and for powerful images.
Reach Outside Your Niche:
  • With all the above said, don’t be afraid to reach outside your own niche from time to time.
  • I started out in the "education" niche of teaching and learning, but immediately started making connections with other people who shared a passion for the learning and technology, but many of these people weren’t necessarlily associated with education.
My Top Places to Find Great Stuff to Tweet:
  1. Twitter Lists: Twitter lists are a helpful way for Twitter users to organize interesting people into groups, or “lists”. When you click to view a list, you’ll see a stream of Tweets from all the users included in that group.
  2. Trending Topics: These topics are found on your Twitter homepage. They are a good resource for hot topics, trends and current events. (Keep in mind, it is the quality in the tweet, not the quantity.) The" best tweeter" is not the one with the most reach but the one that has the most impact and meaning to the community and audience. You need to adopt the pace of social, which is patience, focus, and consistency. Don’t rush to tweet for the sake of tweeting.
  3. RT's- This is a great way to see what the community thinks is worth sharing. Use them as your "information filter". You do not have to manage every tweet. Think of RT's as the highlighted info in a text book.
  4. Listorious- Discover the best Twitter lists · activism · art · business · celebrities · charity · children · climate · education