Tag Archives: Social networking

Public libraries are important – why?

Over recent years many famous authors have given their support to the public library sector as they try to help explain to the politicians and general public (especially those who rarely darken the doors of a public library) why we … Continue reading

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Will Virtual Reality one day be the new way to search?

If you want to understand the virtual reality “landscape”, you could hardly do better than have a read of  a very interesting (and quite long) feature in The Verge which takes a look at the many worlds of virtual reality, … Continue reading

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Trouble digesting all that information?

Recently, Sage kindly made freely available an interesting paper from 2012 entitled Coping with information obesity: A diet for information professionals, by Scott Brown. Although this is aimed at the info. professional (so the Disruptive Searcher found it to be right up … Continue reading

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It seems to be a free service, but then, you don’t get owt fer nowt

It’s one of the basic life lessons, expressed through various catchy phrases; “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and so on and it seems very apt for the age of “big data”. By their nature, many medically-related searches … Continue reading

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Picking up speed on the slippery slope of social media

It’s fun to slide down a slippery slope if you have a sledge or toboggan to sit on (or  a tea-tray perhaps). I’ve sledging further down into the world of social media by creating a Twitter account. I hear cries … Continue reading

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Social media book review: a guide on how to get heard?

While we’re taking a wander around the topic of social media, the Financial Times has reviewed a new book which, although not purely about social media, is relevant and possibly quite entertaining too, especially for those who are social media … Continue reading

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I look out through a Facebook window, but keep the window shut

I’ve read Phil Bradley’s recent blog post Personal reputation in a social media world. I came away feeling somewhat weighed down and pressured. Pressured that more and more of many people’s time (and very possibly mine) will be spent tacketing … Continue reading

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Understanding the deluge that is big data

This is a rather belated (shameless) plug, for a feature article, Making sense of the deluge that is Big Data, that I wrote for the excellent resource that is Freepint back in August, but if you’re not a Freepint subscriber … Continue reading

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Disruptively social – Facebook’s possible future

The Economist has an interesting briefing looking at what the future may hold for Facebook as it prepares for an IPO.  Facebook likes to be described using words such as “friends”, “social”, “enabling”, “utility”, “connections”, “recommendations” and “interests”. Although China … Continue reading

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Searching for the “invisible man”

Of the many people-searching sites out there, Pipl is the only one I’ve come across that differentiates itself by claiming to search the “invisible” or “deep” web. The deep or invisible web contains data that search engines can’t index or … Continue reading

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