Friday, 1st May 2009
Remember the 'old days' when search engines couldn't find the content of a PDF? Those days are long gone, and in their place we have an embarrassment of riches. Search engines for non-text media abound, with one list of video search engines alone topping 150. Add to that the image and audio search sites and you've got your hands full. Setting aside the recreational value of non-print media, let's look at some sources that will enhance your ability to find videos, audio and images for competitive intelligence and general business applications.
When I started writing this article, the Yahoo! search engine would permit searches limited to video, audio or images and it was actually included with SamePoint in the previous section. By the time you read this, Yahoo! will have disabled its audio search engine (see below). However it, along with Google and Live do facilitate image and video search. To give an idea of scope, search results for epaper are summarised in the following table
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