Posts Tagged «search»

There are several camps when it comes to tags versus folders, and Gmail users are a great example of this. They’ve debated Google’s implementation of labels since their launch. One camp prefers folders because that’s what they’re used to and they may have a meticulously classified document structure in place already. Another camp likes to throw everything into a mixing bowl and perform searches every time to pull out information. Yet a third camp likes to apply labels, or tags to their e-mail and use those tags to create information filters.

Resourceweb One thing all camps can agree on: the goal for all of these methods is to filter information and locate specific pieces of data. My preference is to minimize the amount of administration required to maintain a structure of resources, which I’ll refer to as a resourceweb. To create a low maintenance system I use a combination of search and tagging because each varies in effectiveness depending on a given set of circumstances.

Here are my suggestions on finding files more quickly within your resourceweb. First, become familiar with your operating system’s searching capabilities or install Google Desktop. Next, choose your tagging system. Windows users may want to investigate tag2find, which is free tagging software I’ll review in more detail later. If you’re a Mac OS X user, check out this article on Lifehacker discussing native tagging support.

Finally, the real challenge is to brainstorm what keywords to use. Usually it works well to think of broader categories, especially if they’re words you use in your regular vocabulary, then brainstorm details you might search for later. For example any given file in my music library might have these tags: music, mp3, hiphop. This is already a successful organizational methodology in use by companies like Del.icio.us and Amazon.com, now just think of applying that same efficiency to your resourceweb.

Search usually works well on its own but at times there are too many results. Tagging can help limit search engine scope, and also allows you to browse topics of interest without locking on to the perfect search term.

How do you organize your resourceweb?

For the next five days, metaViper will focus on finding solutions and information surrounding identity theft. These posts will focus on how identity thieves steal your personal information and what you can do to protect yourself.

Identity Comic I was motivated to write this series after listening to a podcast of the Diane Rehm show tonight when she interviewed Frank Abagnale. To see a movie of Frank’s life as a young criminal stealing over $4 million from 1963 to 1969 (worth about $20 million now) be sure to check out Catch Me If You Can. He now focuses on educating the public on how to address identity theft.

A few tidbits I took away from the show:

  • Avoid using checks. They contain too much personal information that is easily duplicated. Use credit cards instead as that puts the credit card company’s money at risk, not yours.
  • Buy a credit monitoring service that provides live updates on what’s happening with your credit rating.
  • Pay attention to who you’re sharing personal information with, this is a good topic to be paranoid about.

Beyond that advice, realize that all the information you put online in social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook is indexed by search engines which becomes a sort of permanent record. This information is readily available to identity thieves and it’s become common practice for employers to do some basic searches online for your name. Anyone can read about what you did at the bar last night if you write about it in the public space.

Pipl Logo Want to see where you stand? An excellent place to discover your online reputation is Pipl. They utilize “deep web” search techniques to seek out your name wherever it may hide on the inter-web. Experimenting with a few searches here can be very enlightening. It includes phone book references, public records searches, historical references, and social networking sites.

More to come in metaViper’s five part series on identity theft!

A job hunt can be a stressful thing, but here are some tools to help you find the jackpot. SimplyHired searches across dozens of job posting sites all at once, it’s a meta-search engine that aggregates results from many places.

Simply Hired

What snatched my attention immediately were the jobs SimplyHired advertised on the front page that were based in the city I live in. Since those suggestions were there the first time I visited the page, they must be making some educated guesses based on IP address. They also offer a resume posting service, which pushes your info out to several sites.

Indeed Job SearchAnother meta-search engine in the same space is Indeed. They’ve been around a bit longer and may have more sites indexed, but I found their search results less intuitively accurate than SimplyHired.

I’ve signed up for a customized RSS feed with each service to keep an eye on new jobs opening up in my area. It sure beats browsing through the 8pt fonts in newspaper classifieds!