How to Search the Web
Learn how to find anything on the Internet with quality Web sites. Become a smarter, savvier searcher. FindingDulcinea also offers foreign language versions of this guide in Chinese
Understanding what the Internet is and how it works can enhance your online ... read more »
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Search engines are online software programs designed to help users locate relevant Web sites, and ... read more »
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In social bookmarking, a community of users compiles an index by collectively submitting (or bookmarking) their favorite sites, and then tags them (assigns each site a set of keywords) so that they'll turn up when you search. With social bookmarking, you'll learn how popular a Web site is and get only results you know other users find useful or interesting.
- Social bookmarking sites occasionally have their own terms for similar features or functions. For example, the act of voting/bookmarking a site on Digg is called "digging." Newsvine calls its recent headlines "seeds," contrasted with the standard "bookmarks" of Diigo and Delicious.
For social bookmarking …
is widely regarded as a premier destination for social bookmarking. When you search for a keyword, you'll get a list of Web sites that match the term, and you'll be able to determine each site's popularity by looking at how many times it was bookmarked.
aim is to determine “what’s new and popular online,” so it’s a good place to keep up on the latest developments. The links on the homepage point to a selection of odd and interesting sites, stories, photos and more.
is a bookmarking site that was purchased by online giant eBay in March 2007. Take a look at the sites currently being tagged on the homepage, and search through the bookmarks of millions of users.
doesn't have the user base that makes Delicious such a quality tool but there are more than enough bookmarks on this site to warrant attention in your research. The site has also won several awards for its research capabilities.
For social tagging news …
is social bookmarking for news. At Digg you'll find a community of dedicated users who submit and rate (or digg) news stories, videos, photos and Web sites. The voting process is designed to filter out uninteresting stories and bring only the best to the forefront.
is a community-driven news and opinion site where stories are submitted and voted on by users to determine their rank and place on the site. The content reflects a broad, balanced selection of stories.
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