So, what is going on in the world right now? Good question. Where can you find the answer? That’s easy, use any Twitter Search Engine and they will give you the possibility of finding anything you want, in real time. Real Time is probably the most widely used pitch for Twitter search.
Before going further, let us elaborate a little on what real time is. In my view, real time is what I am doing right now, i.e., writing this article:) Unfortunately and for obvious reasons, if you search for the term Twitter Search Engines, this post will not yet be visible. So the idea about “Real Time” could therefore be considered as “recent Tweets” or “near real time”, about what people are talking about. Do you agree?
That said, and to assist you in looking for near real time results for just about any topic you want, below are some useful Twitter Search Engines that can help you find anything, in a matter of seconds:
1) Twitter: Twitter’s very own search engine. Returns results very fast and can be filtered with a lot of options, using the advanced mode.
2) Collecta: They say – The web is alive with real-time information. So why search a stale archive? Collecta monitors the update streams of news sites, popular blogs and social media, so we can show you results as they happen.
3) CrowdEye: Recently launched, Crowdeye is co-founded by Ken Moss, former General Manager of Microsoft Search Team. They say – “Real-time, Social, Search – Find out what all the twitter is about”.
4) OneRiot: OneRiot crawls the links people share on Twitter, Digg and other social sharing services, then indexes the content on those pages in seconds. The end result is a search experience that allows users to find the freshest, most socially-relevant content from across the realtime web.
5) Tweetmeme: Tweetmeme points out three things: level of retweets, keywords and article relevance. The concept behind Tweetmeme is the number of tweets and real time information. A particular news becomes more and more relevant as the number of Tweets or ReTweets grows.
6) BackTweets: Interesting engine that searches for links on Twitter. They also offer another interesting service called BackType Connect, which shows you all of the conversation surrounding a post or article (including yours).
7) Tweetscan: Tweet Scan searches Twitter, identi.ca and other Laconica-based sites with more being added all the time. You can search public messages and user profiles with results available via email, RSS, and JSON.
8) Topsy: Topsy takes a Twitter-age approach to search. What people are currently talking about helps rank the search results.
There you have it. With so many Search Engines around, it is almost impossible not to find what you are looking for. They are available and who knows, you might just find “The truth out there”.
Where do you think real-time search will lead us going forward? How will it impact the search industry?