The Joy of Podcasting

As strange as it sounds, I have recently discovered the joy and wonder of listening to Podcast. As a time poor, sleep deprived father of two, it has allowed me to keep abreast of current, relevant contents and news and changed the way I consume information.

As an information consumption medium for up to date content, podcast can’t really be beaten and has some unique advantages over other mediums

Wide Selection of Contents

Podcast originally started off with nerds talking about geeky stuff (ok there are still a lot of geeky content!) but has come along way in terms of becoming a mainstream medium where you can now find a huge variety of contents on just about any tropic. [Read more…]

How to turbo charge content consumption on the iPad

For a gadget that no one was quite sure whether we really needed it, the iPad has certainly been a huge hit and revolutionised how we consume contents on the go today.

I have been a huge fan of the iPad since day one and had taken full advantage of it to satisfy my information addiction. With it’s unique form factor, large touch screen and constant connectivity, app developers have been on a roll, with new innovative apps appearing on a daily basis. As consumers of information, it means that we can now consume more content, at more places, with a level of ease never seen before.

Here are some of the ways I am using the iPad for content consumption and the apps that I use to turbo charge my content consumption on the go. [Read more…]

How To Search Twitter, Revisited

Now that Google has removed real-time search as an option, where should you go to find treasures on the twittersphere?
Well, you could always try searching on twitter.com/search which I think most people will probably fall back to. By digging into advanced search options, you can indeed be quite effective searching using the twitter.com search engine. There are however, alternatives for people who wants more capabilities and features when it comes to searching through twitterspehere.

Topsy is one such search engine that has been in this game for a while and according to their website, differentiates by:

“Topsy’s algorithms dynamically identify influencers within the Social Web for any searchable criteria, using these influence calculations to rank results. This means realtime search results are highly relevant & devoid of noisy stream of conscious content.”

Here are some of the reasons why you might want to try it out: [Read more…]

Useful Search Tips for Holiday Travellers

As the holiday season nears, many people are no doubt planning for their trip away from the city, and the Internet and Search Engines are often the first port of the call when people start to research and plan their trip.
It’s no secret that the Internet is a fantastic resources to search for cheap airfares, holidays ideas and accommodation recommendations. The mix of extensive commercial contents and user supplied material means that as long as you know where to look and how to find the right information, you can really leave nothing to chances when it comes to planning for your next trip.

Here are a few tips that I have used over the years to help me take trip planning to the next level and help me plan for the perfect trip by leveraging the power of the Internet and Search Engines! [Read more…]

How To Search Twitter Effectively

Extending from my previous post on What Treasures Can You Find On Twitter?, I want to now discuss how to search Twitter effectively beyond just using basic keywords.
Just like Google’s search, Twitter offers advanced search functionalities that can really help you find what you are looking for and filter out all the trash. Also, due to the real-time and conversational nature of twitter, there are some unique search operators you need to be aware of in order to search twitter effectively.

Firstly, to get a feel of all the advanced search functionalities, you should head over to the Twitter Advanced Search page where you can literally see all of the different ways you can search through people’s tweets. Just to help you get started, Twitter even provide an example page on how these advanced search operators can be used! By in large, the concepts are quite similar to the standard Google web search, but here are a few things unique to Twitter search and that you should pay close attention to when searching Twitter. [Read more…]