solving your own information problem with your own information

Funny story:

In anticipation for my move to Portland I’ve been scoping out all of the neat things to visit in my (soon to be) neighborhood. I plugged in my address and searched for grocery stores using google maps hoping for something other than big boxes. Happily, I found a bunch of neat small, organic, and vegetarian, places to shop, and even a Vietnamese deli called Phu Hoa. So, wanting to more about the store, I searched for phu hoa portland. I was happy to see a result leading me to someone’s photo of the place on flickr.

Little did I know that the picture titled phu hoa was taken by none other than ME last December. It was a strange feeling receiving an answer from content that I generated. I wonder if that happens to academics as they search databases for narrow topics.

3 thoughts on “solving your own information problem with your own information”

  1. Yes, definitely, and to folks in odd-specific hobbies. For a few weeks, if you were to search for “steampunk costuming” on Google, the top result was my costuming blog. Now, if you Google “steampunk bluestocking,” the first three results are my blog.

    It’s still startling.

  2. A relative told me a great story that I use in teaching. She (a nursing researcher) sat down with a librarian to formulate a good search in Medline. After reading through the scope notes for the subject headings and working through all the proper syntax they came up with the perfect search that described her research needs. A little too perfect as it turned out: the only result was one of her own papers.

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