Hola – a great Chrome or Firefox browser extension for accessing web sites that would otherwise be blocked based on your IP number. A WebSearchGuide reader sent me this tip. Hola makes it possible to access Google.com from outside the United States and view anonymously (ie privately) the search results complete with in-depth articles – a feature still not rolled out to the rest of the world. Canadians will also appreciate that it makes it possible to receive music played from US-based services.
From the FAQ:
Hola’s goal is to make the Internet faster and fully accessible to everyone. Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, more open and more anonymous. Hola lets you have unlimited access to information that is otherwise not available in your geography while protecting your online privacy. It also lets you stream videos faster than ever before. Hola is a collaborative Internet — it works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all.
Worth taking some time to try out.
Next time you search Google watch the suggested searches that pop up – especially those for the first letter you enter. Host Advice has analyzed the autocompletes and created an alphabet according to Google. The letter A, as an example, is surely going to show Amazon first – likely worldwide; and there is a pretty good chance that E will be eBay.
The Phonetic Alphabet according to Google – 2015 by Eliran Ouzan, Host Advice (Jan 25)
There will be some variations depending on where you live. In Toronto, C is for Canadian Tire. These auto completes are influenced by current local search activity – how else would J be for Jian Ghomeshi? ut this will pass, and J might change to Joe Fresh, at least in Canada. Anyway – fun to watch.
Bing has new features to help students – but Canadians will have to change location to the United States under settings to see these. Features include finding free online courses and e-books in library (really haveto be in the US). Also Ted lectures, snapshots / knowledge panels.
Search Less & Learn More: Explore Online Courses, Books & More On Bing. by Saikat Basu, MakeUseOf (July 4)
If you like games and trivia, and you have time, this SmartyPins played with Google Maps could be for you.
SmartyPins: a new Google game to teach about Google maps (and a bit of geography), Dan Russell, Search Research (Jul 3)
Talk about an answer machine! Google now gives how-to instructions.
Google’s Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jun 24)
Google.com – instructions on how to make french toast
But you have to use Google.com.
DuckDuckGo, a meta search engine that seeks results from best sources, has partnered with Yummly, a semantically smart search engine for food recipes. What a fusion!
Yummly Partners With DuckDuckGo To Serve Up Recipes For The Growing Search Engine, Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jun 11)
Search at DuckDuckGo for recipes showing the Yummly banner
“By working with Yummly we are delivering the most useful and visually stunning recipe search experience out there. Yummly’s technology understands recipe search queries and we’ve worked together to create a great recipe instant answers experience,” said Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO at DuckDuckGo. [From the Yummly announcement ]
There are hundreds of excellent websites for people who enjoy cooking and eating. Sometimes choice comes down to recommendations from others. This list came from students in my last Mastering Web Searching course.
Allrecipes.com is a favourite – available also in French at allrecipe.ca. Allrecipes is likely the “world’s largest food website”, and provides many ways for exploring recipes, searching by ingredients, and creating menus. Kate wrote, “great selection and categorization of recipes, search functions well, videos are fun to watch, and flexibility of printing/saving recipes”.
SmittenKitchen blog is done by Deb Perelman who does her cooking in 42 square feet. She cooks for husband and child – which may explain the long list of cookies and all things chocolate. Amy recommended the Pear and Hazelnut muffins.
Bread lovers will like Tony’s recommendation – The Fresh Loaf, “a community for artisan bakers and bread enthusiasts”.
Eat Your Books is a make-your-own library of books, magazines, blogs, and other recipes. Liz described it as AMAZING. “They have indexed the most popular cookbooks, cooking magazines, and cooking blogs for a one-stop shop search.” Good way for staying up-to-date with new books and magazines.
For searching for recipes I’ve liked Foodly. It searches across recipe sites as a metasearcher, showing lots of pictures, and with good filters. Members can add recipes to to their accounts.
One of my most used sites is the recipe search at LCBO Food and Drink – an excellent magazine from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It’s easier to use the website than flip through the print magazine. And another excellent food specialty site is from PCC Natural Markets, an organic grocery store chain in Seattle Wa.
Make Use Of has suggestions for students and teachers on using social media for educational purposes.
8 Educational Instagram Accounts Any College Student Should Follow – NASA, National Geographic
10 Amazing Ways For Teachers & Tutors To Use Twitter In Education – some ideas – even includes quizzes.
Add to contacts and recommendations with this new network of Linkedin participants.
LinkedIn Announces Cat Networking for Pawed Professionals, Laura Vitto, Mashable (April 1)
For history buffs of England and Wales – brought to you by National Library of Scotland.
Reference: The National Library of Scotland Now Offers Free Online Access to Historic Maps Covering all of England and Wales, Gary Price, infodocket (Mar 25)
Get the Ordnance Survey Maps at http://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch-england-and-wales/
Ordnance Survey Map – Matlock Bridge. From National Library of Scotland