We’ve all suffered from tunnel vision when it comes to finding information on the internet. Eric Ravenscraft aptly points out in his article The Best Tools for Finding Information When Google Isn’t Enough: “Google is so entrenched when it comes to finding information on the internet, we named the act after it.” However, there are a ton of other tools and tricks that can get you answers to your question when Google isn’t cutting it.
Let’s face it. Sometimes we have a question, especially when it comes to legalities, business, administration, or organizational culture that require a more nuanced answer than what Google can serve up. Ravenscraft addressed that head-on in his suggestion to ask real people on the internet in forum like Reddit. This tactic offers the same wide net as a search engine query with the added benefit of receiving a personal answer, or maybe many.
That being said, Ravenscraft’s primary suggestion is to specialize your search. If you’re looking for number crunching or financial information, try Wolfram Alpha. If you’re on the hunt for an overview of a breaking new story, try a Twitter Advanced Search. Ultimately, the key to finding an answer is asking the right question in the right place.
How and where do you find the information you need on the internet?
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