Social Searching for specific subjects

A frequent strategy I use this days is to leverage several social web sources to search for specific subjects.

I then use RSS and Google Reader to consolidate the results into a single view

For example, this week I am working with Microsofts “Hyper-V” virtualisation technology.

I start with Google Blog Search

which produces a search-results RSS feed:

http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch_feeds?hl=en&q=hyper-v&ie=utf-8&num=10&output=rss

Then I go with Twitter:

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=Hyper-V

And Friendfeed:

http://friendfeed.com/search?q=hyper-v&who=everyone&format=atom

Another good one to add would be social bookmark sites such as http://delicio.us

So in Google Reader, I created a folder called “Hyper-V” and added all three feeds:

ScreenHunter_ Jan. 04 21.13_002 by you.

The result is a very neat consolidated list of posts, dynamically updating all the time, based on the search term.

ScreenHunter_ Jan. 04 21.14_003 by you.

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