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Social Mention – a Real Time Search Platform

Real-time search is what everyone talks about and looks for nowadays. Are you not satisfied with usual organic search and want to have the latest news only in your search results? Try Social Mention search.

“Social Mention is a social media search platform that aggregates user generated content from across the universe into a single stream of information”.

The number of social media monitored by Social Mention is rather big – more than 80 including the most popular like Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, Yahoo, WordPress, Technorati, etc.

Social Mention search is not very fast, but the results you get for every query are really up-to-date and rather relevant. Results can be sorted by date, source, and post rank; you can view results for a specified time only. As well as in Google, you can apply phrase search (“your query” – in quotes) to narrow your search and get the most relevant results.

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Social Mention also provides social media alerts. They are much like well known Google Alerts, but for social media – free daily email alerts on selected search phrases. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed for mentions of certain keyword and save your search results as CSV\Excel file.

Besides, you can get a kind of analysis of your search term popularity – you can see strength, sentiment, passion and reach values for each query. Also you’ll see the info about average time per mention, last mention time, unique authors, retweets, top keywords, top users, top hashtags, rank of the posts that mention your search term and sources where your term is mentioned most often.

Maybe, search results provided by Social Mention sometimes need to be more relevant, but I like the idea and believe  that Socialmention.com is a good implementation of real time search idea and it will be improved in the future.

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June 25, 2009 Posted by | internet, Online tools, search engines, Social Networks, Web 2-0 | Leave a comment

iCal calendar on your desktop

iCalendar or iCal format for calendar data exchange was initially developed for use under Apple Macintosh operating system, and you can find tons of info how to show iCal on Mac desktop. Nevertheless, iCal calendar can be displayed on Windows desktop as well and there are short reviews of Windows desktop calendar tools that support iCalendars. They let you exchange iCal data between iPhone, iPod, Google Calendar or other web apps and your PC.

1. Desktop iCalendar – desktop calendar consisting of 4 widgets – monthly calendar, events, to-do list and weather widget. Allows to sync calendar and to-do list with Google calendar, exchange data with any device which use .ics (iCalendar) format.

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2. Active Desktop Calendar – desktop calendar with appointments notes, tasks, alarms and contacts. Allows data exchange with Outlook and Google Calendar. Supports iCal and CSV formats for data import \ export.

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3. Screen Calendar – desktop wallpaper calendar and reminder, shows small or fullscreen calendar for one or two month. Allows easy synchronizing events with MS Outlook. Supports iCal fully that lets you subscribe to iCalendar sources, import events from iCal calendars (including Google Calendar) to the desktop and export events to .ics files.

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June 18, 2009 Posted by | Calendar, Software, Windows | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Google Squared – the New Shape of Search

Do you yahoo? Remember that question? In spite of all Yahoo efforts, “yahoo” hasn’t become the verb that means “search”. Everyone knows the word which means web search nowadays – it’s “google”. And now Google takes one more step towards leadership – the new search tool Google Squared released last week.

What’s great:

  • search results are displayed as a chart which gives not only links, but also other related information. For example:Google_Squared
  • rows and columns in a result chart can be added or removed. ‘Add column’ field suggests various parameters to add or allows to type your own.
  • squares can be saved to your Google account and easily removed when they are not needed.

What can be better:

  • amount of search results is extremely small in comparison with the amount for the same queries in usual Google Search.
  • in most cases, column values for one item are taken from different websites that can adversely affect search relevance. Nevertheless, you can view other values for most parameters and choose the most reliable one.

Google Squared still needs a bit of work, but it has a potential to simplify and improve web search in the future.

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June 11, 2009 Posted by | Google, search engines | 2 Comments

Tips and tricks to customize WordPress.com blog

If you have a blog at WordPress.com, you know that inspite of all good features, WordPress.com customization is very poor. WordPress dot com doesn’t allow third-party widgets, doesn’t accept certain html tags, and so on, and so on. Still, there are some tricks you can use to add something interesting to your wordpress blog. This links collection is especially for you, my fellow wordpress[dot]com bloggers!

1. GetSocial – the best thing ever: easy adding social bookmarks buttons to WordPress.com

2. Free surveys and polls – a list of free services that will help you to add polls and surveys to your WordPress.com blog

3. Easy comments moderation – shortcuts for quicker and easier moderation of your WordPress.com blog comments

4. Easy post editing – keyboard shortcuts that will enhance your WordPress.com visual editor

5. Free copyrights for your blog – protect your content by adding free copyright

6. AddThis button for sidebar – how to use AddThis button in your WordPress.com blog sidebar properly

Hope you’ll like these links just like I do!

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June 1, 2009 Posted by | blogs, Wordpress | , , , | 8 Comments