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VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism

with Michael Lee Stills

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

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~November 2003~ Topics

News Alerts with Google

Are you constantly going to the web to track down the latest information on a favorite topic? Let the web work foryou. Try Google’s News Alerts (http://www.google.com/newsalerts). Because I coordinate a group of Newspapers Imageteen volunteers, I like to stay informed of the latest info on teens. One of the ways I do that is to use Google’s News Alert by entering teens and teenager as search words. Once a day I get a digest of news articles about teens and teenagers. I can quickly browse the titles and brief descriptions and then click on the link of interest, which takes me to the website with the full text article. Save some time and let the web work for you.

Searching Beyond Google

Magnifying Glass ImageIf you read Tech Tips often, you know that I like Google to do my web searches. However, I occasionally will use Yahoo and other search engines as well. Recently, I discovered Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com/). Dogpile, run by InfoSpace is a metasearch engine. It uses technology to use several search engines at one time. Instead of searching with Google, I can go to Dogpile and it will search Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, Ask Jeeves, About, FAST, FindWhat, LookSmart, and many more. The results are organized and you can have it list what it has found by search engine if you so desire.

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Quick Tip: Finding Domain Owners

Have you ever wondered who actually owns a website? Perhaps you would like to contact them but, for whatever reason, they don’t list a contact on the website. To learn who is the owner of a website you need to do a "WHOIS" search. Network Solutions (http://www.networksolutions.com), perhaps the leading provider of website domain names, provides such a service. Look for the WHOIS link in the upper right. Enter the website of interest and you will get back lots of information about the site.

For Example: Enter "avaintl.org" (Association for Volunteer Administration) and you will get the following results.

The Association for Volunteer Administration (AVAINTL-DOM)
PO Box 32092
Richmond, VA 23294

Domain Name: AVAINTL.ORG

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Kjorlien, Melanie (SVSXZMUFFI) mkjorlien@HOME.COM
House of Invention
609 25th Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E1Y6
403-276-5489 fax: 786-524-5760

Record expires on 30-Oct-2004.
Record created on 24-Sep-2002.

Database last updated on 31-Oct-2003 12:02:43 EST.

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Do you know of a better way? Or do you have any questions?
Drop me a note at Michael@MichaelStills.com.

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