3 Search Engines that are not Google

Need three quick search engines to break out of the Google habit? Try these:

Wolfram Alpha – a computational engine that will give you historic weather data, compare chemical properties, or compute scientific calculations.

DuckDuckGo – Worried about privacy? DuckDuckGo is a search engine that will not track your searches and the results are surprisingly accurate and fast.

Biznar – search the deep and invisible web for business related results.

Which Books Do You Read?

Information is Beautiful on the books everyone must read:

Which books should everyone read? Information is Beautiful’s David McCandless shows how graphics have the answer

Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics?  I scraped
the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A  simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gives us a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls. Do you agree with the consensus?

Check the data and analysis here: bit.ly/BooksEveryone

Research: David McCandless & Miriam Quick
Additional Design: Matt Hancock

53% of Adults Use Wikipedia

Pew Research reports that more than half of all adults on the Internet use Wikipedia to find information.   This is a great resource to check on trivia, dates, and quick facts.  But when you are looking for authoritative, in-depth, well-researched information it may not be a good idea to go to Wikipedia for answers.  It is best to turn to a trained professional who can search hundreds of commercial databases and online indexes, as well as find the perfect print resource (i.e. a book) or person to whom you can have a conversation about your business information needs.

Information Outloud is that resource.  I can take your information conundrum and find factual, authoritatve, supported research and provide you with an answer or a direction to solving problems.  Contact me and let me show you.

Statistics and Current Events

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that “unemployment dropped to 9.4% and nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000” jobs.   It is the lowest rate since May 2009.  That’s  good news and a sign that the economy is moving in the right direction.

Do you need current, authoritative statistics to make better business decisions?  Are the statistics in today’s news important to the work you do tomorrow?  I can help you find the best, most accurate data published by governments, think tanks, brokers, and analysts.

Q&A

Questions you may be asking:

  • What is my competition planning for 2011?
  • How do I find all of the available information on …?
  • What are the industry recognized best practices in …?
  • Who are the experts on … and how do I contact them?

I can find answers for you!  Give me your information challenges for 2011 and I will find you strategic, focused, valuable information you can use right away.

Email me at tim@InformationOutloud.com