4 Real-Time Search Engines Which Go Beyond Twitter

The real time search engine market has been firing-up and there are many services trying to gain some market share in this area. We followed a simple criteria to pick services and build our list: The service must be (1) Real-time and (2) NOT limited to Twitter search results. Here we go:

1. Twingly’s Microblog Search: It covers Twitter, Identica, Bleeper, and a few other services. It’s dedicated to microblogging and offers a RSS subscription option for your searches. While being dominated by Twitter results, it gives you the option of filtering it out by un-checking a box on the side of the page. This makes Twingly one of the most customizable real-time search services covered in this article.

Twingly

Twingly

2. Social Mention: Social Mention covers 80+ social media services including all of the major players (Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, etc). While it has one of the neatest and most clean interfaces among the services we covered, it seems to be the slowest one – showing a list of flashing stars for up to 1 minutes sometimes! We like the various options it provides: the tab options, alerts, RSS subscriptions, the ranking/trending system, and the option of exporting your search results into CSV/Excel file, but slow speed is a deal-breaker! On the other hand, for social alerts and comprehensiveness, it’s one of the best.

3. FriendFeed Search: It shows results from Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious and tens of other social media services. It allows a user to connect and collect all his social Web activities into one place. If you are looking for your friends’ opinions regarding a certain topic, FF is great, if you want to perform a comprehensive search, most probably FF won’t cut it as it only indexes the users registered with their service.

Friendfeed Search

Friendfeed Search

4. LifeStream.fm Search: It’s a similar service to FriendFeed and supports 40+ services including the major social media websites (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Stumble upon, Pownce, and Digg). Unfortunately it only searches events of the users subscribed to their services. This puts it at the same disadvantage as FriendFeed.

While there are a lot of similarities in the services provided by the above real-time search engines, there are also some unique differences that make each one of them unique in a way or another.

Which one is your favorite? Do you think real-time search is valuable or maybe over-rated? Please use the comments section below to let us know your thoughts.

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10 Funniest & Weirdest Twitter Tweets!

Are you bored? Do you need a change of mood? Well, you’re about to get one!

Here is a list of the 10 most funniest and weirdest Twitter tweets that I found through some digging and searching :)

Twitter Joke :)

Twitter Joke :)

1. @REVELATOR13 Bloody hell, my wife’s having a bad day…she has her tampon behind her ear, and she can’t find her cigarette!

2. @scottbelsky “2 antennas got married. The wedding was OK but the reception was great.” Does a better wordplay joke exist?

3. @beautyheaven I still wear pigtails and get comments that I look cute… It’s about as creative as I go with hair lol!!

4. @larryluv49 on the phone with mom, listening to how she declared war against the cat :)

5. @dentednj Everyone I know on Facebook is saying put the clocks back tonight.. I never stole any f***ing clocks!

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Top 5 Fun & Weird Twitter Applications

Bored of business related Twitter applications? Looking for some fun and news ways to enjoy your tweeting experiences and share them with your friends? We have exactly what you are looking!

Today, we will provide you with a list of top 5 fun and weird Twitter applications which will draw a smile on your face and give you something to do when you are bored. Enjoy :)

1.Twitdraw for Graffiti:

A simple tool to draw and color whatever you want! It is similar to Paint Brush yet you have the option to share it on Twitter and have different tweets add their own touches to your piece of art!

Graffitti via Twitdraw

Graffitti via Twitdraw

2. Anonymous tweeting via SecretTweet:

SecretTweet allows you to tweet your darkest secrets (or those of your friends) for Twitter to comment on. There’s  a mix of the funny and bizarre on the site, though there can also be sad ones as well.

Anonymous Tweets via SecretTweet

Anonymous Tweets via SecretTweet

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Top 10 Things That Make Twitter A Treat!

Twitter Value

Twitter Value

What is the real value of social media? What makes “the act of tweeting” a delicious treat?

Despite the stubborn stands against “tweeting” claiming it’s a waste of time and breach of privacy, it seems that Twitter does provide value to its users!

The top 10 value-driven reasons to use Twitter are:

  1. The marketing coup: Through consistent use, thousands of individuals and companies are utilizing Twitter to increase Web traffic, or to perpetuate a brand.
  2. Using Twitter, as opposed to E-mail, Blogs and Instant messaging, provides the value of fast and compact communication. If used correctly, Twitter is an attractive tool for sharing relevant content quickly with interested users.
  3. Twitter holds a high value to corporations. It helps them learn new things from their audience and in turn teach their target about their services/products; thus promoting collective intelligence.
  4. Twitter proves to be a very good way to connect with current friends and meet new ones in an engaging environment. Furthermore, Twitter provides its followers with the luxury of “venting” to friends about feelings, likes, dislikes, interests and so on.
  5. Twitter is everywhere! It has solved the problem of staying in touch when you’re not physically bound to your computer! Through Twitter, you can keep up with the buzz even when you’re on the move, with text or IM. Continue reading »
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How to Clean Up Spammers Using Tweepi’s Presets (2)

Spam, spamming and spammers represent a huge controversial topic these days and Tweepi might just be the tool you are looking for to identify and cleanup spammers!

Since there are numerous ways to use Tweepi for identifying and cleaning up those annoying – good-for-nothing – spammers, we will dedicated this section to help you learn about each and every one of them!

Today, we will see how you can easily identify spammers using the number of followers vs. number of tweets presets.

Identifying Spammers Through Followers Vs. Tweets

Identifying Spammers Through Followers Vs. Tweets

Compare the number of followers vs. the number of tweets. If the account has several thousand followers and less than a dozen tweets, there must be something fishy. These type of tweeps usually start following a few hundred accounts, wait a few days to see who follows back, then flush anyone who did not follow, and start over with a few hundred more!

Hope you enjoyed this tip…

Stay tuned for more tips to come and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for us.

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Tips for Choosing Whom to Follow via Tweepi (1)

Welcome to another tip dedicated to choosing followers to follow via Tweepi.

Following Tweeps

Following Tweeps

Today’s tip will be devoted to how to choose users whom you should follow when picking from your friend’s followers’ list.

Example

Example

I chose @bkmacdaddy because he is active and his followers like him and interact with him on a daily basis. When you decide to follow your friend’s followers, make sure you do the same!

Choosing from Your Friend's Followers

Choosing from Your Friend's Followers

Now, using Tweepi presets, you can choose which followers to follow based on your preferences:

  • If you want someone active, check his/her last tweet and the number of followers.
  • If you want someone to retweet you, look for those with high influence.
  • If you’re looking for valuable tweets, you should choose linkless ramblers…

And so on…

Hope you enjoyed this tip.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or tips you would like us to discuss!

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