Social Distraction

Web search is a cornerstone of online legal research.   Google, Yahoo!, and Bing remain starting points for lawyers and others to perform research outside of the fee-based providers.  Both Google and Bing have put additional social elements into their search engine results pages (SERP).  These are intended to both float up results that are …

An Order of Google, with Information on the Side

Google has delivered two new sidebar research tools in the past month.  The first, the Research sidebar, appeared in Google Docs and copies the Microsoft Office research sidebar.  Neither one is especially powerful unless the research resources you are looking for are embedded.  Fortunately, you can find the Google Web search and Microsoft Bing search …

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, …