The first .com URL was registered! Symbolics.com was the first dotcom URL 25 years ago today.
Gizmodo reports that there were only 6 URLs registered in 1985, as opposed to 100,000 a day in 2010.
LIS News has a great listing of the top 10 librarian blogs to read in 2010. My personal favorite, Awful Library Books, is number two on the list this year.
Google Scholar has recently started to include case law searches, allowing for free and easy searching of case law, journals, and legal opinions.
Early reviews stress that while a useful tool for learning more about a case or a decision, Google Scholar is by no means a current replacement for pay sites, it has the potential to grow into something great.
And to off-set that bit of negativity, here’s a list of PC World’s Top 50 Gadgets.
A great list full of some pretty awesome items (and moments of great nostalgia– remember the “Speak and Spell”?)
Britannica has announced that it will start to wikify its online content (though they don’t use that term/mock it and Wikipedia–“Wikipedia contributes to the spread of information and many people are happy with it as their only source of reference – as are many people happy to eat McDonalds every day.” ) to allow registered users to submit changes to Britannica article. The catch/way that this is different from Wikipedia?
a) Britannica will check on the accuracy of all changes/articles before changes can be viewed
b) You have to pay money to access the site and edit the site.
So while it might not be an economical investment for students or those who aren’t relying on accurate information to win a court case/prepare a brief/perform research, it might be worth looking into if you want guaranteed accurate content with an old-school brand name.
Just found this helpful new search engine aggregator, LeapFish. Searches the span of Google, Yahoo, MSN, with separate search results for websites, blogs, videos, etc.
Very cool, very easy to use, and nicely designed.
LawyerKM has an interesting article arguing for the benefits of using Twitter as an information resource for lawyers and law firms.
The ABA has an interesting article about using Google Alerts to help out lawyers.
Watching the Digital Radar with Google News Alerts
By Sharon Nelson and John Simek
This suggestion was especially interesting:
▪ Gauge your return on investment for marketing activities—for example, if you send out a press release or host a national seminar, enter identifying terms for it and see how often it appears in blogs and on the Internet generally.