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How to track news about your town’s Google fiber bid for free.

There are two kinds of March madness this month. npp steroid

I know where to watch basketball. But where can I watch cities pitching themselves to Google? Pull up a chair (Especially if you are a reporter or a news gatherer) and I’ll link you to some simple ways to follow the Google Fiber conversation!

List of Google fiber bids by city

  • This list, on the Wired Pen blog, is the best I’ve found.

Measure of each town’s social media presence through March 15th

  • A Grand Rapids marketing firm takes in all the data and boils it down. Pdf download.

Using Twitter search

On Youtube

On Twitter Using Tweetdeck

  • You’ll have to join Twitter and install Tweetdeck (both free)- but the payoff is tracking any twitter topic in real time, using Tweetdeck’s columns. You can set it and forget it.

All Social Media, Using UberVU

  • Use the free search feature they offer. It aggregates Twitter with other sources. It has some other features worth playing with, like graphs of two terms.
  • Search all mentions of Google Fiber in Uber Vu

Use Google Trends

  • Google Trends charts major search terms, including some geographical data about who is searching.
  • Watch the term Google fiber ebb and flow over time. Google Trends only tracks terms with large traffic.

Fancy Google Searches and Google Alerts

  • I’ve saved the best for last. By learning to use Google search operators, you can get better results from the search page and from Google Alerts, which are basically saved searches.
  • The parts you should type in the search box are written in italics. The words you should replace with your own keywords [are in brackets].
    • Shows links to a site:
      link:[insert keyword/URL]
    • Shows link anchor text:
      inanchor:[insert keyword/URL]
    • Shows all instances a phrase is used in the sites text:
      intext:[insert keyword]
    • Show keywords if they are used in a page title
      intitle:[insert keyword]
    • Show keywords used in a URL:
      inurl:[insert keyword]
    • Show a URL used in the text of a site:
      intext:[insert URL]
  • Show all mentions of a URL in the last 24 hours, except where those mentions are on the same site
    • [domain name] -site:[same domain name]
    • Then, after the search runs, hit the “show options” link and choose “past 24 hours” This way you’ll get two peeks at what Google thinks is important – overall, and then just in the last day.
    • Bingo! Now you have all links to a site published in the last 24 hours, not counting links on the site itself.
  • Examples of fancy searches. Use searches like these, but save them as Google Alerts. Then you can get emails updating you on exactly what you want to know.

Who is in the lead?

Of course, no one knows. Really. And the things we can measure are probably not important to Google’s decision making process. But, using these tools, you can follow along – and I bet next week gets a little crazy.

-Clark Mackey

(As first published on Blog Asheville)

5 Comments so far
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Thanks very much for pulling this together for all of us Asheville Google Fiber fanatics.

Comment by Jason W Hill

You’re welcome. Since I wrote that up I’ve come across a few other interesting tracking sources.

Bing has a beta real time search. It works really well:

Back in December, Google also rolled out real time search, and you may have seen those results occassionally popping in on certain queries. You can trigger the real time results on Google for Asheville tweets by searching Google for #googlavl. It also appears that most any search on Google for a Twitter hashtag shows you some real time results.

Anything else out there for useful tracking? Comments welcome.

Comment by Clark Mackey

Thats some good info. Especially the PDF with all the charts.

Go Asheville Google Fiber Network!

Comment by Chad Ekre

That social media report has been updates for the time period March 15th – 24th:

Comment by Clark Mackey

Judging by the report we need more blog comments, forum comments and images uploaded.

Do a Google search for “Google fiber network” & related semantics, then comment on the blogs that rank.

Go to your favorite forum and post your support and ask for dialog on the subject.

Use your Flickr, Picasa, favorite image site to add some Asheville photos in support of the initiative.

Comment by Ev

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