Posts Tagged ‘keywords’

Monitter

February 22, 2011

The current protests across the Middle East have highlighted how important social networks have become in both helping people to organise themselves and also allowings us to know what is happening in a country where offical media channels have been cut off or restricted.

Monitter is a website that works with Twitter and  allows you to enter keywords and see the tweets that contain those words in real time. You can also specify a geographical location so that you can find the tweets being made by those experiencing events on the ground.

http://www.monitter.com/

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Wordle

December 15, 2008

At first glance this just appears to be a gimmick, but the more you play with it, the more you find uses for it!

www.wordle.net

TOTD first saw it used by the keynote speaker of a two-day conference.  He’d taken the pre-published conference proceedings and run them through it to produce a single page image representing the conference.  He did the same with all the notes he’d taken across two days.  It worked well (and the two together were interesting to compare).

You can use it in a presentation as a title (or end) slide.  You could use it as the cover of a dissertation (after putting the text through it).

While it is still a gimmick in many respects, it’s a useful way of representing a lot of text in a simple, easy to understand way.  If nothing else, for those who like words, it can produce interesting art.

search strategy

October 27, 2008

OK, it’s not as exciting as a YouTube video, it’s not as funny as _Dinner for One_, it’s not as helpful as Snopes et al, and it’s certainly not as weird as Hats of Meat (how did we miss that out in our round up of the year?!), but judging from the number of students asking for help on this and related subjects, perhaps this would be of use:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IBSS/pdf/strategy.pdf

End of keyword searching?

May 14, 2008

Perhaps a little way off yet, but an interesting development:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080512/tc_nm/powerset_dc;_ylt=AqPcqpL4k3laLlpS_uZLWTes0NUE

or directly to www.powerset.com