Rocking the Old School Research Extensions for IE

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lag behind other Web browsers in providing tools for research.  I revisited two free IE add-ons from the first half of this decade that can provide some enhancements to your Internet Explorer-based research.  While they have some quirks and limitations that reflect their datedness, IE users may still find them …

Real Time and Social Media Search: Beyond Twitter

When social media is discussed, the same names come up as near synonyms for the concept:  Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  Many of the search engines that are devoted to monitoring social media are similarly limited.  Microsoft’s Bing Social Search and Google’s Update both return results from Twitter and nowhere else.   My favorite real-time search, …

Surfin’ Safari Gets Extensions

Apple’s Safari has released version 5 and it finally adds extensions.  This is a huge step forward, since it is extensions that really make Web browsers powerful research tools.  The Safari Extension gallery has just over 110 extensions now, which is comparable to Microsoft Internet Explorer but significantly behind both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome‘s available add-ons. …