Posts Tagged ‘search’

If you use images for your business website or presentations, you want to be careful about copyright infringement (if you don’t want others to use your intellectual property, you need to respect their IP, too).

There are dozens of stock photo websites, but it seems that, with the exception of WikiMedia, they all require registration before seeing anything larger than a thumbnail. Grrr. I just want to see if the picture is suitable for my purposes before I sign up.

Search engines are good alternatives and the Bing.com search site just made image searches easier. Check this out:

Type in your search term. I’m doing a search for images of Abraham Lincoln. Right on the homepage, Bing asks what type of information I want to retrieve:

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If I choose images, Bing provides search results of websites that offer images of Abraham Lincoln, but if I click on Images at the top edge of the screen…

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Notice the gray bar beneath the search field. You can filter the 71,700 images to select Size (small, medium, large, wallpaper), Color (color, b/w, or a particular color, such as sepia), Type (photo, clipart, line drawing), Layout (square, wide, tall – to fit your project!), People (heads only, head and shoulders), Date (when images were posted), and (drum roll, please) License (yes, you can filter for images which you can modify and use in your project). I LOVE THIS FEATURE!

Google does offer some tools for filtering results, but the Layout and License tools are unique to Bing. Bing does provide a link to Creative Commons where you can learn more about various license types and proper attribution. Always be sure to give credit where credit is due. Now, didn’t that project just get easier?

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Have you ever heard of the six degrees of separation? The theory that every person is just 6 steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on earth? Oh, go ahead and click the link. It will take you to a Wikipedia article about it.

I don’t know if it would actually work. I guess it depends on how many people you know. But I do think that, with the Internet, we are all six steps or less from finding anything we need to know. If we follow rabbit trails.

Rabbit trails tend to meander, lead nowhere, and generally, get us lost (look what happened to Alice). But sometimes, we find something worth finding… Nerdy Girl says it doesn’t take much to amuse me. She’s right.

1. I signed up for an Intro to Marketing class in which…

2. I had to write a paper about e-publishers charging a subscription fee for news. It’s been successfully done, but I had to do some research which took me to…

3. The USA Today website where, in their effort to get people to subscribe to the e-paper, offered to show me a sample. That sample happened to be their 30th year anniversary edition in which…

4. There was a special section at the back filled with articles on what business people and innovators foresee the next 30 years to bring. And there I found an article about the future of education, including quotes from Sebastian Thrun, a Google VP and Stanford Research Professor. Thrun sees education as something that should be accessible and free… He has started a company called Udacity offering just that..

5. I was curious about the kind of classes they might offer and ran a quick search which took me to Udacity.com. They only have 14 classes so far, but one of them…

6. How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad is offered. From watching the preview, I think I’m about to unlearn much of what I’ve learned in Intro to Business…

FOLLOW RABBIT TRAILS! You don’t have to have a goal or an objective. Just a bit of curiosity.