Effective Web-Based Information Sources

By Chris Wright
--Freelance Writer and ASBPE-DC Chapter Board Member

The information sources I'm using in my B2B work are
changing and I'm wondering whether other ASBPE members are
having similar experiences.

I'm finding Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) a good first step
to learn about a new topic, personality, or company. It's a
good shortcut - you get a coherent view more quickly than
fumbling around in Google hits. It's not authoritative,
admittedly, but useful as a starting point.

Google has a blog search (
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news or
link from Google News). I'm finding blogs useful for tapping
into industry 'buzz' and up-to-the-minute opposing views
from industry participants on topics I'm covering.

Then there's audio and video search. With more of the
world's information going multimedia, I predict this will
become increasingly important with the passage of time. I
use Podzinger (www.podzinger.com) and YouTube (search from
Podzinger). I don't know how they do it, but they pull
keywords out of audio and video files.

Reaction? Other new sources? Tips?