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The Top Ten Search Tools

Make your searches go from good to GREAT!

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Are your Web searches stuck in a rut? Whether you're looking for a whole new way to search or just a bit of a search tuneup, you'll always benefit from using search tools in the Web search process. Here are ten search tools that your Web Search guide has used or is using; these are all simple, yet powerful utilities that can make your searches really stand out.

1. Twitter Search

Twitter, a popular micro-blogging platform that boasts millions of users, is a great way to find content that other people are talking about on the Web. Here are seven search tools you can use for a more accurate and extensive Twitter search.

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2. YubNub

YubNub is a treasury of user-submitted shortcuts that enable you to search the Web more quickly and efficiently. I use YubNub dozens of times a day and it has really streamlined my searches.

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3. Addictomatic

Addictomatic works like this: you simply type in your search term, press enter, and wham! You get results from sites such as Google, Yahoo, Technorati, Ask, YouTube, Truveo, Flickr, Blinkx, Ice Rocket, Digg, Topix, Newsvine and Tweetscan; plus the top 200 or so blogs as judged by Technorati and personal blogrolls of the Addictomatic staff.

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4. Social Bookmarking Sites

What are social bookmarking sites? Basically, these are sites that allow users to post their favorite sites, using tags (or keywords) to categorize and organize them; then other users can take these bookmarks and add them to their own collection or share them with even more users. Here are my picks for the top ten social bookmarking sites on the Web - the sites that consistently deliver some of the best content you'll want to share, discover, and store.

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5. Boolify

One of the more interesting and simple to use Web search tools I've come across lately is Boolify, an educational tool that teaches you how to use Boolean search operators in a visual way.

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6. Mobile Search Engines

The mobile Web is more popular than ever before in history, and more people are using the mobile Web every day - to shop, to search, and to communicate. There are a wide range of mobile search engines that you can access on your Web-enabled cellphone or mobile device.

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7. Search Engines

One of the best kept secrets of effective Web searchers? Using more than one search engine to find what they need. Every search engine brings back different results.

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8. RSS

The technology known as RSS , short for Really Simple Syndication, is revolutionizing the way we search for content on the Web.

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9. Google Search Shortcuts

Google is the most popular search engine on the Web, but most people don't realize how much more powerful they can make their Google searches with just a few simple tweaks.

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10. The Invisible Web

The term "invisible web" mainly refers to the vast repository of information that search engines and directories don't have direct access to, like databases. Unlike pages on the visible Web (that is, the Web that you can access from search engines and directories), information in databases is generally inaccessible to the software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes. Searchers who access the Invisible Web gain entrance to some of the most advanced data on the Web.

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