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Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web by Tara Calishain

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9. Trapping Tags and Conversations

In the past few chapters, we’ve spent a lot of time looking at various types of resources you can trap, such as news, government, multimedia, and more. And one thing I’ve repeated constantly is that if you want to generate queries that are as narrow as possible, you must avoid being general; get specific by describing the topics you want to track as minutely as possible.

For one chapter—and only one chapter—I’m going to ask you to put that advice aside.

Why? Because this chapter looks at how to monitor and trap tags and conversations. Tags are extremely general, and conversations have their own idiom of searching. For each of these two types of searches, you have to take a different perspective for your searching. ...

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