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Biographical Information

Ran Hock

Ran Hock, through his one-person company, Online Strategies, creates and presents seminars and workshops teaching people how to use the Internet more efficiently and effectively. In conjunction with this, he writes about the Internet, with seven books published and a variety of articles appearing regularly. Over his career, he has created courses on using the web for professional associations, government agencies and ministries, international organizations, schools, libraries, and companies, and trained over 14,000 online users in 13 countries. He is the author of The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines  (1999, 2001), The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook (2004, 2007, 2010, 2013), Yahoo! to the Max(2005), and The Travelers Web (2007), and has been a frequent contributor and columnist for professional journals, including ONLINEThe CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research and Information Advisor. 

Articles by Ran Hock

How to search Twitter

The search features available in the Twitter search box are quite extensive and include Boolean, special terms or "field" qualifiers such as hashtags, and even qualifiers reflecting the nature of the content or "sentiment"

How to search Instagram

Instagram itself has the barest of search capabilities, but there is a solution

How to search Facebook

In-depth searching of Facebook isn't necessarily easy, but it can be well worth the effort.

How to search LinkedIn

In searching for whatever type of information you need, there are three reasons why LinkedIn searching is easier and, in some ways, more effective than on other social networking sites