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Social search: adding a ‘personal’ element to searching

Searching through Google has become completely ingrained in the way we look for information online. It provides search results based on a search term entered by the user. However, big search engine rival Bing and Facebook have recently tied up to create “social search”. In a nutshell, this means that Bing will add “social signals”, […]

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Can Diaspora overtake Facebook?

A lot of us are by now more than familiar with social networks like MySpace, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. These networks impact a great deal on how we communicate with our friends or peers online. However, critics are getting increasingly wary of how platforms like Facebook could use (or abuse) all the intelligence they build […]

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Social media monitoring – brands want to know what’s going on

I’m learning about social media monitoring and it’s amazing to see how many different monitoring tools have sprung up over the last couple of years. Most tools out there seem to focus on “listening” or “filtering the noise.” What does this mean? People use social channels like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to talk and share […]

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It’s all about sharing: research collaboration tools

Wikipedia defines “collaboration” as a “recursive process where two or more people or work together in an intersection of common goals”. This morning I learned about “online research collaboration tools.” These tools are all about making life easier for academics by enabling them to share research papers and to collaborate on research projects. I always […]