Boston univesrity

"Yeah, I have no friends"

(almost)no one showed up at my bday dinner in Taiwan last year.  I was left with a table of food for six people and a broken heart.

If I remembered it right, I drunk dial-cry-yailed at the friend that didn't show up. And I wanted to go home with the friend that was nice enough to show up and just wanted to make sure I get home safely. (to my defense, I just didn't want to go home to my grandma's drunk)

"Yeah, I have no friends."

I think I pretty much give up on having a "normal" friendship, as in hanging out after school/work, celebrate birthdays, attend weddings...etc. It just not possible. I move to a different cities or countries every couple years. And I hate doing things on the phone.

Which is why this years Bday was so special.

I had friends, we ate, we drink, they danced, we laughed. I made a wish, hoping everyone thats in this room their dream will come true one day :)

How to stalk a person online?

Last night we had a guest speaker - John Wihbey, the editor of Journalist’s project at the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics & Public Policy. During the two hour course, he had show us some very powerful sites to stalk/track down a person/expert for clearly "work" reasons as a journalist. note: this is not creepy at all.

Spokeo, according to its website, Spokeo is a people search engine that organizes White Pages listings, Public Records and Social Network Information to help you safely find & learn about people.

type in the name, if your lucky enough, spokeo can find this person's email, address and phone number.

Since everything is about network and social media now, its also important to find out whats trending online, or who is following who on tweeter and their common interest.

Topys, search website base on social medias. It's a certified tweeter partner and maintains a comprehensive index of tweets since 2006. Its a powerful up-to-date information source.

Twiangulate, is a tool for search, analytics and mapping of connections between Twitter friends and followers, according to its official website.

Now, we all love social media, but the source of the social media very often is civilian, the information they posed is not verified.  Therefore, "Storyful" was created and its only function of business is to help client verify the content posted on social media.

But keep in mind,  journalists need to find solid facts, date base or experts in the filed of the article to add credibility to your story. Doing the job as an informer to the public.

google scholar/Microsoft academic search/BU database

Also, if  its a piece related to medical, injuries..etc. PubMed can come in handly


About budget or funding of the US politics or the government, check out

Public records of NGOs

Foundation center

For people that wants to do invetigative reporting or online news. Three websites can not be missed.

Online News Association/ Poynter/Investigative Reporters and Editors