As with other search engines, type your keywords into the search box and we will return a set of results sorted based on relevance ranking to the word or phrases you entered. But if you do just that, you’re missing out! Gigaom Search differs in that, where possible, we will match your keywords to terms available to guide you to a more relevant set of search results.

What are terms?

Terms (sometimes called “tags”) are identifiers added to all blog posts and research reports by our writers and editors to help organize our content. For example, if a post is about “big data” the writer will add the “big data” term to the post so that it will come up in searches for “big data” even if the actual phrase “big data” does not appear anywhere in the post. In this way, a term search is more effective than a keyword search.

How do I use terms?

Start by typing a few keywords about your topic of interest. The search engine will then suggest some terms to use in the drop-down search suggest box on the home page (search.gigaom.com) or in the “We’re you looking for one of these?” area. Click on one of these highlighted terms with the magnifying glass by it to re-run the search using that term.

Once the search runs, you will then see a list of terms on the left that will filter the results further. For example:

A good rule of thumb is that if you have a broad topic, to throw a keyword into search and use the search filters to refine your search to a selection of terms to find what you need.

What are search filters?

Search filters have been around for a while and are useful to help quickly navigate any structured data set. If you’ve used eBay or any e-commerce site, you’ve used a search filter (also known as facet to narrow your search results. By selecting multiple terms, you further narrow your results to only those posts or reports which share all selected tags. Think of it as putting “and” between all selected terms.

What is the relation of one filter to the next? Are filters hierarchical?

Gigaom editors have taken the time to “roll up” terms that are subsets of others. For example:

  • iphone 3gs is part of iphone which is part of Apple

This means that if you search for news about Apple, you will also get news about the iphone, which also includes news about the iphone 3gs. Please note that as new products are created, there is a lag between when a tag stands alone. iPhone 5s is still a standalone tag but Instagram is rolled up into Facebook.

What filter categories are available?

  • PROPERTY: Origination of the content, Gigaom.com, Gigaom Research, or paidContent.org
  • CONTENT TYPE: The types include Blog Post, Report, Audio, Video, or several different types of research reports (Quarterly Wrap-up or Sector Roadmap).
  • VERTICAL: Origination of the content on source property. Gigaom.com has verticals, Gigaom Research has Topic Pages. Vertical corresponds to the section where the content was found. Useful when you’re looking for niche stories such as what IBM is doing in the cleantech sector.
  • COMPANIES: List of companies mentioned in search results and available as a filter.
  • TECHNOLOGIES: List of technologies or products mentioned in search results and available as a filter.
  • TAGS: List of miscellaneous tags mentioned in search results and available as a filter. Terms that are not clearly a Technology, Product, or Company end up here.
  • AUTHOR: Applied to authors of a post. Filtering on the Author term means that you will only see posts or reports by that author.
  • AVAILABILITY: Free or subscription
  • PEOPLE: People tags are applied when there is mention of an individual mentioned that we would like to highlight.

How do I search for phrases?

Type the phrase and the search engine will look for content that best match the phrase. In this way, if you look for Arthur Levinson it will find first content that mentions “Arthur Levinson” followed by content that mentions “Arthur D. Levinson”

What is the chart that sometimes shows up at the top of the search results?

The histogram chart is shown when you are looking at a single Technology or Company and shows the volume of monthly mentions of the term over the past two years. If you see a spike in mentions, you can quickly navigate back to that moment in time by clicking on the bar that corresponds to the month that you are interested in.

Along with the chart you may sometimes see icons which point to sources for further information. Options include links to:

  • Twitter account
  • Company website
  • Wikipedia page
  • LinkedIn Company Profile
  • Stock page on Yahoo Finance

What is Gigaom Alerts?

Alerts is a new product we’re testing that was built on the back of Gigaom Search. While the product is in Beta we’re updating the FAQs here.

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