Category Archives: Research

Yelp: Customers Rate Local Services

I was looking for new hair salon. In the past, I’ve relied on recommendations from friends. But this time, I turned to Yelp, a consumer-based website that allows anyone to review a local business or service. Are the recommendations reliable?

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Health Information on the Web: Whom Do You Trust?

There’s a ton of health information on the web. The sheer volume can be overwhelming. Government agencies, health advocacy groups, drug companies, doctors and patients all have websites. It’s a lot of work to sort through and evaluate the glut of information that can be inaccurate, out of date, biased or contradictory. So how do you find information you can trust? Here are some tips to get started.

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Social Media: It’s Bigger Than Both of Us

Are you old enough to remember Milton Berle’s TV comedy show in the early 50s? If you’re too young or don’t remember, the show featured a running gag. Max, Berle’s lovestruck secretary, tries to cajole Berle into marrying her. Don’t fight it, she urges him. “It’s bigger than both of us.”

That’s pretty much how I felt when I watched Erik Qualman‘s video featuring some mindboggling statistics on social media. Love or hate social media, there’s no fighting it. It’s bigger than all of us. Qualman, the author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business, updates his book with periodic videos. The latest update Social Media Revolution 3 features these factoids:

–Social media has overtaken pornography as the #1 activity on the web.

–1 in 5 couples meet online; 1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook.

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7 Time-Saving Tips for Using Google Search

You’ve probably used the web to find movie times, check the status of a flight, or convert currency. But chances are you’ve been doing it “the long way,” going to a specific website.
You can do all that and more, quickly and easily, by entering appropriate commands into the Google search box. Try these seven time-saving tips.

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How Do Boomers and Seniors Use the Internet?

If you’re like most over50s, you are a heavy user of e-mail, search engines and government websites. You go to the web to get news, health and travel information, and to shop. If you use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s likely you’ve signed up in the past year, part of the rising tide of networked boomers and seniors. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Find out what recent research by Pew Internet and American Life Project and AARP say about how over50s use the Internet.

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Wikipedia is Big, But Is It Accurate?

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute. The more popular an article, the more likely it is to be accurate, since the large number of eyeballs policing it ensures that errors are quickly fixed.

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Google Alerts: Get Updates on Any Topic

Google Alerts sent via e-mail are a great way to stay current on any topic.

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