13 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can’t | MakeUseOf.com


13 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can’t | MakeUseOf.com

alternative search engine sites13 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can’t
Jan. 18th, 2009 By Kabir Chauhan

alternative search engine sitesGoogle has become the standard search engine of virtually every web-goer on the internet today. In fact “to Google” is pretty much synonymous with “to search”.

But that certainly doesn’t mean that other search engines can’t do a decent, if not better, job and this list has been compiled for just this reason.

So check out this catalog of awesome alternative search engines that are certain to help you search faster and more efficiently on that World Wide Web.
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4 Tools for Design, Web Site Management, and Networking


4 Tools for Design, Web Site Management, and Networking: “

It’s impossible to narrow the wide category of ‘web work’ to just one or two particular work streams or career types. Naturally then, when I’m looking for tools to share here at WebWorkerDaily, I try to find ones that will have a functional appeal across job descriptions. This list is an example of how web tools can be useful across a number of different professions.

MeGlobe: Communication Multiplied

meglobe_logoMeGlobe is an online multiclient messenger service that allows you to talk to contacts all over the world, regardless of language barriers. It translates your IM and sends it along to the recipient in near real-time, but don’t expect this service to be as good as the Babelfish from Hitchiker’s Guide. The client is still in ‘beta,’ and features a reporting tool so you can point out errors in the translation engine, which then leads to improvements in said engine.

This is a great service if you have to work directly with technical staff in a geographically remote location and don’t want to have to go through a translator for every little communication. While the translations may not be perfect, they should give you enough context to get the job done.

TinEye: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

tineye_logo1This is one of those services which seems to have come in answer to one of my many ‘I wish there was thing that…’ thoughts. TinEye is a reverse image search, meaning that it can use any picture you might have lying around to find out more about said picture, including its original source, whether any larger resolutions exist, and where it has been used, modified, etc.

I find the higher resolution finder to be most useful, but if you’re a photographer or graphic designer, you may be interested more in seeing how your work is being used. Illuminating, to say the least.

snitch.name: Find Everyone, Everywhere

logo3If you do a Google search for someone, what usually won’t appear are their social network profiles and pages. Hence the need for snitch.name, a search engine specifically designed to comb social networks for your target. Just type in someone’s name, hit enter, and see their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc. profiles pop up, so long as they’re available and publicly viewable.

This is a great app to use if you want to find your friends on other networks you belong to, or if you’re looking to try to make a new contact for networking purposes. Note that even though it might be able to find someone, it’s still up to you to convince them that you’re a worthwhile contact for them to make.

Are My Sites Up?: Remain Vigilant Without Refresh

logoIf you have a number of domains under your watchful eye, like myself, then you’re probably at least somewhat paranoid about those sites going down. Especially if you use them to do business. This web tool allows you to register your sites so that you receive email alerts when they go down, for whatever reason.

Won’t necessarily help the site come back online quicker, but it will let you open up that issue ticket/fire off that angry email to tech support in a more timely manner than you might otherwise be able to.

That’s four very different, but very useful web apps that could benefit many different kinds of web workers in many different ways. Two essential truths that bind these tools, and web workers together: We all need the web, and we all need other people.






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Coworking in Africa, San Francisco and Bath


Coworking in Africa, San Francisco and Bath: “

Written by Imran Ali.

A couple of weeks ago, the White African blog discussed the need for coworking spaces in African cities, driven by the needs of emerging tech communities in some of the continent’s major cities.

Writer Erik Hersman argues the case for communities that are part coworking communities, part startup incubator and part VC/investor hubs. Establishing a coworking space isn’t trivial or easy, requiring some time for a healthy community culture to emerge; developing and leasing the physical space is relatively straightforward.

Hersman cites a couple of interesting African coworking options, such as the Regus-owned Habitatz (more like a serviced office than coworking), but it’s uncertain whether they see the same need to conflate investment, coworking and incubation.

I’ve been heavily involved in developing a coworking space that’s funded by one of the city’s universities, but populated and run by coworking residents and the university’s tech training arm. We all believe that aligning web workers, entrepreneurs, students, academics, investors and mentors will ultimately bring value to our city. In that regard, Hersman’s ideas are portable across cultures, but do require the development of their own shared culture.

It’s a long journey that requires a lot of diplomacy, development of enduring institutions and some values for everyone to cohere around. Without these values, or a shared vision, it’s tricky to bring together the diverse interests necessary in the infrastructure of innovation that Hersman speaks of, but not impossible. Done well, a perfect storm of meetups and coworkers, coupled with a pipeline of young, student entrepreneurs full of ideas can create an exciting nexus that’ll begin to get on the radar of potential investors…if, indeed, investment is necessary or desirable.

At the other end of the spectrum, existing coworking communities are beginning to reach their physical limits and grow beyond their current leases. The granddaddy of coworking spaces, San Francisco’s Citizen Space, is shortly moving to a space more than double its existing size (though at the same property).

As the first generation of spaces begins to outgrow their locations, they face the issue of whether coworking communities can scale without diminishing their values and cohesion, as well as avoiding the development of cliques. Is a ‘classroom’ size of 20-30 people ideal? Do you simply start a parallel community or keep adding to the existing group? Both open and interesting questions that coworking operators will begin to consider as the phenomenon matures.

Interestingly, an established UK-based tech company, Carsonified, is launching its Carsonispace project to open its unique corporate culture to hotdesking workers – firstly perhaps as a way of raising revenue in tough times, but also as a means to bring new ideas and people into the company’s intimate culture. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see larger employers like Google, Apple and Microsoft embracing such a notion? How’s that for an infrastructure for innovation in African cities!

Read more at African Cities Need Tech Coworking Spaces, Changes and expansion at Citizen Space and Carsonispace.






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