SLA: Mary Ellen Bates’ Searching the New Web

I know a lot of you really like the resources Mary Ellen Bates’ shares. Here are some links from her SLA Annual Conference presentation about searching Web 2.0 stuff, which she calls the new Web. (Yay! I don’t like the term Web 2.0, as you may know.)


  • the links at the bottom of Wikipedia articles–selected and reviewed by other people
  • Wikiseek searches the links at the bottom of Wikipedia articles
  • List of Wikia–Wikia is a project of Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, both of whom have been/are heavily involved in Wikimedia projects.


  • Google Blog Search, which focuses on sources with XML feeds. Keep in mind that not all blogs have XML feeds and that many sources with XML feeds are not blogs. It also does not search tags, which Bates believe is a limitation.
  • Technorati
  • Feedster
  •, a different interface for the search engine
  • Search the Web 2, which does a lot to facilitate searching the long tail



Social networking:

Data mining and visualization:

Search visualization:


  •, an aggregator of redditt, Digg,
  • Google Voice Search: “To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.” Get some search results from Google and possibly get the phone number and address of a business.
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