I hope you will these detailed tool tutorials to guide you through your Specialist Training.
- To gather background information on the industry
- To gather news about changes in the industry
Here's an index of the tools I used and a brief description of function. Please go to each tool's tutorial for more information.
- Blog Search - Blog Search engines help you navigate through the blogsphere and search by blogs and by posts.
- Change Notification Tools
- Email Alert - Alerts of changes or new information to your email can be set up by a particular website or customized through services like Google Alerts.
- Page Monitors - It alerts you when a page or a specific part of a page you are watching changes. This can be helpful for tracking "static" web pages that do not have RSS feeds nor updates frequently.
- Custom Search Engine - A search engine created by yours truly with websites I believe are relevant.
- Deep Web Search - Used to find the tons of content out there not indexed by regular search engines.
- Image Search - Image Search tools differ in subtle ways. This is not important to information collection for this project, but still interesting to compare and contrast.
- News Search - These tools can help discover the latest news. There are actually several brand new ways of reading news besides through traditional means.
- RSS Tools
- RSS Reader - This software collects RSS feed updates you are subscribed to into a central location for easy management and access.
- Feed Filter - This software acts as spam control for feeds. It will help you narrow down content in a feed such that you only get what you desire.
- Tag-based Sites - These are mostly social news and social bookmarking websites that use keywords (tags) to organize the content.
- Videos & Podcasts - Video Search tools help you find videos. I could not find any podcasts concerning this topic, so I did not review Podcasts.
- Web Directories - Web Directories are human compilations of links to websites about a specific topic. As opposed to search, browsing is the preferred process to find a category or sub-category that is relevant. The categorization is based on the website as a whole and not a specific page.
- Web Search Engines - You should be most familiar with this category which includes common search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask. However, you can improve search by learning more syntax.
- Other Search Tools - There are some search tools out there that I did not use for this project but may be useful They include Real Time Search Engines and Meta Search Engines.