MEB never ceases to amaze - within 5 minutes of the start of her session, I had learned something new!
Super Searcher Secrets, by Mary Ellen Bates
Google - their algorithms change based on more than just terms - speed of typing, length of time on page, order of words, all of that! I had no idea. Try each search x3 and reorder words for different search results.
Use ~word for more synonyms, use Verbatim filter to avoid all synonyms
Can block certain domains if logged into chrome - like ehow.com and about.com! Check into this.... Google.com/reviews/t for manually blocking in other browsers
Blekko has petty powerful slash tags for filtering, combining, etc.
Twitter - you can search limited by local area! example: Whales near:Monterey within:15mi
Private searching - startpage.com and ixquick.com - totally anonymous, unlinked to your identity, location, computer, etc
Can search LinkedIn and limit to zip code and within radius. Can see what companies are hiring the most in a particular area.
Check out NoodleTools - "Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need"