Searching the internet – in real-time

Real-times searches are becoming another important part of internet searching. Searchers are looking for what people are sharing across real-time services whether they be social networks such as Twitter or Flickr or social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, etc.

People are looking for the most up-to-date information available to them from news, blogs and Twitter and there are a number of search tools being created to do specifically that. Facebook  has a live news feed, twitter has a real-timer news feed but what’s more useful are the real-time, all-in-one search engines.

Scoopler is a search engine that allows you to search Delicious, Digg, Flickr and Twitter simultaneously. The look of the site is sparse but the functionality is quite good. It constantly indexes live updates from services such  Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and includes images, video, news and blog articles. Search for any topic, you will get results from the various live feeds of the web 2.0 environments. You can to choose “all results or image, video, links or the tweets you want to see from the topic you are interested. You can also choose a subject area first. Twitter feeds run down a column on the right of the screen. Alt-search engines has a post about Scoopler that discusses all its attributes. 

The “about” page says:

Scoopler’s mission is to make it easy to know what’s happening right now. Scoopler a is real-time search engine that gives you access to new information on the web faster than ever before. Give it a try and see for yourself. It works by listening in on everything that people are sharing across real-time services like Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Flickr and more. … to deliver the most up-to-date results available on the web.

OneRiot is a search engine tht pulls search results from Twitter, Dig and other social sharing services. The results are based on what issues are currently the most shared and discussed not based on “historical” data. You can choose to search the web or “video”. It also has a very “pared down” look to the site.

From the  about page:

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.

There is again a good description about OneRiot and how it works on the Alt Search Engines site.

These two real-time search engines can be a good place for students (or staff) to easily find and track developments in current issues. Both allow to to attach an RSS feed to the search. I like showing students the history of a topic. To use tools such as wikipedia and twitter etc to show how information/news grows and developes and to discuss what is in official broadcasts and what may be cut out for all sorts of reasons. I like studnets to always see beyond headlines.

It is worth noting that Twitter Search is the other real-time searching tool that many people search  when they are looking for information. You can use this to have a look at what people are talking about  and sharing even if you do not have a Twitter account. Below are the reults when I searched “naplan”.  

Google also now offers real-time results as well and last early last year I have wrote a post about using search engine Icerocket.

is a much more complex site and it offers a lot more analysis of the data.When you visit this site the search tab option is, by default, set to ‘Blogs’ rather than ‘Web’, which is the second tab. They also have a ‘Twitter‘ search option as a tab. MySpace and News and images round out the tabs available to the searcher. You can also subscribe to the RSS option of your search.

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