We discuss several different ways to find out information about people through their Web presence.

Class structure

  1. Go through “At beginning of class” information
  2. Go through diagram explaining the tools we'll be looking at today
  3. Work on exercises

At beginning of class

  1. Rest of the semester:
    1. 11/24: Google
    2. 11/26: Metasearch engines
    3. 12/01: Other search engines
    4. 12/03: Yahoo
    5. 12/08: Semester summary, project unveiling
      • Each person in the class will make a 2 minute (not one second more) presentation that clarifies the following:
        • The topic of your project
        • The strongest and most interesting parts of his or her project wiki.
  2. No new grades
    • I've graded first three pages of your tests.
    • To do
      • Tests
      • Projects
      • Blogs
  3. Check the class notes page to see who is taking notes today; today is our last day for note-taking.
  4. Go over any other announcements you might have missed since last class.
  5. Check the start page for any blogs you might be interested in that you might have missed.
  6. Let's look over the upcoming industry updates.
    • For this class:
    • And that's our last internal update
      • Now we'll hear from Google and Yahoo directly

My notes

The numbers in parentheses are the average daily visitors in the most recent months (as determined by Google Trends). In each section the sites are generally listed in order of popularity.


Video search

All of the following sites allow you to search for videos around the Web. These sites do not allow the user to upload videos. These are also particularly good for finding news and business related videos.

  1. Google Video
  2. Truveo: “ search video across the Web” (500K)
  3. Blinkx: video search engine (200K)
  4. Google
    • Search for [video] plus whatever information you're interested in.


Except for iTunes and Google, all of the following are niche sites. That doesn't mean that they aren't worthwhile; it just means that this is not a popular class of Web sites. This section is a good set of sites for looking for business and news related sites.

  1. Pod-o-matic (20K)
  2. VideoSurf (read this article) (8K)
  3. Podcast Directory (search) (5K)
  4. Podcast Alley (5K)
  5. Everyzing (business podcasts) (3K)
  6. iBizRadio
  7. Podcast Blaster (directory)
  8. Podanza: “the best audio and video podcasts”; business podcasts
  9. GetAPodcast
  10. Google
    • Search for [podcast] plus whatever information you're interested in.
  11. iTunes

Social video

All of the following sites allow uploading of videos as well as searching through the videos of others.

  1. YouTube
  2. Daily Motion: “Dailymotion is about finding new ways to see, share and engage your world through the power of online video. You can find - or upload - videos about your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places, and everything else from the strange to the spectacular.” (2.5M; according to Alexa, #99 most popular site in the US)
  3. Metacafe: “We specialize in short-form original content - from new, emerging talents and established Hollywood heavyweights alike.” (1.1M)
  4. Niche sites
    1. MeFeedia: “watch video from around the Web” (review) (120K)
    2. LiveLeak: “redefining the media” (100K)
    3. VideoSift (17K)

Original content sites

These sites mostly focus on entertainment rather than information.

  1. Veoh: “Veoh is a revolutionary Internet TV service that gives viewers the power to easily discover, watch, and personalize their online viewing experience.” This does allow video uploads but the focus is on professionally produced videos. (1.1M)
  2. Hulu: “help people find and enjoy the world's premium video content when, where and how they want it” (500K)
  3. Vuze: “find, download, and play high quality and HD video” (review) (110K)
  4. Crackle: “your online TV network” (60K)
  5. Mevio: “MEVIO hosts networks of personality-driven episodic entertainment to best engage our customers-comprised of viewers, producers, advertisers and partners. MEVIO is one of the fastest growing entertainment sites on the web.”



  1. Using Google Web Search: Add [music:] before any music related query (artist, song title, lyrics); article
  2. YouTube
  3. Yahoo Audio Search (click on "options" to be able to search on format, duration, source) (help)
  4. Altavista Audio Search (search by length and file type)
  5. SkreemR (12K)

Music search and music providers

  1. iTunes
  2. Last.FM: “social music revolution” (review) (400K)
  3. Rhapsody (150K)
  4. Niche sites
    1. GarageBand: “discover independent music” (review) (6K)
    2. Sideload (2K)
    3. Jogli (review)

Music blogs

  1. The Hype Machine — follows music blog discussions (32K)
  2. Search for audio blog or music blog or mp3 blog:


These exercises focus on helping you identify those sites that have videos that are pertinent to your project. We will, for the most part, leave the music sites for you to explore on your own time.

  1. Go through each one of the “Video search” sites and look for relevant videos. As you go through each one of these sites, assign a score of 1 (horrible) to 5 (amazing). After you are done with these sites, come up to the front of the class and record your scores on the class summary sheet.
  2. Try each one of the “Podcast” sites and look for relevant videos. As you go through each one of these sites, assign a score of 1 (horrible) to 5 (amazing). After you are done with these sites (or at the end of class), come up to the front of the class and record your scores on the class summary sheet.


  1. Top Ten Most Popular Video Sites (about.com)
  2. Clipoid
  3. Searching for multimedia and Multimedia search exercises (BIT330 f07)
  4. Everyzing
  5. Videosurf
  6. Mefeedia
  7. More advanced search options for YouTube
  8. Google groups video results
  9. Listen to music online with last.fm
  10. Music search resources at about.com
  11. Take a look at the HD search engine Vuze
  12. MGM to Post Full Films on YouTube, as Site Faces New Competition From Hulu
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