It’s not a secret but the current trend on the web is toward more and more real-time information, There seems to be no end to companies saying they offer real time updates these days so the competition is on to collect, organize, and filter that data so that people can actually make sense of it.
The real time web has spawned hundreds of startups whom have built websites and tools to try and take advantage of the real time web. Twitter, of Course, is the real time publishing leader — the leading microblogging service. So much material is published by so many people so quickly through Twitter that real time updates is largely synonymous with searching tweets. In this article, we will introduce you to 15 of the real time startups. Seven of these startups are real time search engines and the other eight, offer tools to help you better take advantage of Twitter.
The real-time web is a set of technologies and practices which enable users to receive information as soon as it is published by its authors, rather than requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates. It is fundamentally different from real-time computing since there is no knowing when, or if, a response will be received. The information types transmitted this way are often short messages, status updates, news alerts or links to longer documents. The content is often “soft” in that it is based on the social web – people’s opinions, attitudes, thoughts and interests – as opposed to hard news or facts.
The most successful examples are Facebook‘s newsfeed and of Course Twitter which we already mentioned. This approach is being implemented in social networking, search, and news sites, which makes those experiences more like instant messaging. Early benefits include increased user engagement (“flow”) and decreased server loads.
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“real time search” means looking through material that literally is published in real time. In other words, material where there’s practically no delay between composition and publishing. You take a picture and seconds later, it’s posted to the world to see. You think of something, immediately tap it out on Twitter, and your tweet is shared almost as soon as you thought of it. [Read More. . . ]
TweetMeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme has become very popular for their retweet button which many websites and blogs have implemented. The button will show internet users how popular a particular webpage is, and it also makes it easy for users to share the article with their followers on Twitter. If you look at the Alexa ranking of Tweetmeme – you will see that they have a top 1,000 ranking. This shows the quick adoption that this website has received.
Search Sources: Twitter.
This search engine received $15 million in funding. They have built a unique search engine which displays search results based on the most popular links on the real time web. The site also factors in the authority of the person who shared the respective link.
Search Sources: Twitter.
Sency is a real time web search engine with a few twists. The main twist being that Sency offers a feed for websites which gives sites and blogs access to real time information. The feed will automatically update with real time search results for whichever keyword the website or blog wants to use. The feed is completely customizable and it is private labeled so it fits well within a site. It is easy to use and sites and blogs do not have to sign up to become a member if they want to try out the content on their respective site.
Search Sources: Twitter.
Social Buzz is a new social media search engine launched by the Social Searcher company. It supports Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for real-time searching with the possibility to use multiple keywords, exact keywords and minus keywords.
For more, search results can be filtered by content type (videos, images, links, statuses) or popularity (likes, retweets, plus ones and reshares). Social Buzz supports different languages and users can quickly change their search locale for each social network.
Finally, the new tool provides deep search results analytics for the marketers: posts types, top links/domains, keywords, sentiment, top users and posts.
Search Sources: Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
Scoopler is a real time web search engine which combines both results of what people are saying on Twitter – with results of popular links, images, and videos which have been shared on the web. The site is very easy to use and the results load very fast, especially when you consider that the site search multiple sources of information.
Search Sources: Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Flickr, Identica.
This is a very interesting startup which shows you all of the Tweets on Twitter for a respective site or keyword. So, if you search for cnn – you’ll see all of the other terms being search for alongside of CNN – and you’ll also see the most popular links on cnn right now. This site is growing nicely and it has a very simple user interface
Search Sources: Twitter.
Collecta claims that they are not like other search engines. 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. Collecta uses the XMPP instant messaging protocol (the same technology powering Google’s communication and collaboration tool Wave), which allows it to show information that’s truly in real-time, rather than items that are simply recent.
Search Sources: All over the Web includes Twitter, blog posts, comments, Flickr, news feeds and more. .
This real time search engine was recently moved out of beta. The goal of this site is to help you discover what is popular on the web. They allow you to sort by freshness and popularity. The homepage will instantly show you the most 20 popular webpages in the Wowd community. This is a site that has had a much anticipated launch, so it will be interesting to see what type of traffic levels they can grow to.
Search Sources: Twitter, all social media sites, all news sites, all blog sites and more. .
This website will show you a list of top Twitter users by location. So, you can click over to your city, and see some of the most influential Twitter users whom are located in your city. This site also allows you to enter your Twitter user name so that you can see how you rank in your respective city. The site is very easy to use, and it does not require you to sign up to become a member.
Users on Twitter fill out information about themselves in their bios. This site allows you to search all of the bios for a particular keyword. So, if you want to find Twitter users whom write about art – simply type in art or artist into tweepsearch to find people. This site is very easy to use, and does not require any membership or sign up to use it.
This easy to use site shows you a chart of all of the Twitter users that you are following which aren’t following you. So, you can use this tool and then unfollow people so that anyone you follow will also be following you.
This is a cool and easy to use tool which will show you the most popular times that a respective user Tweets at. This excellent tool is fast and easy to use.
Twitoria will show you how many of the people you follow are inactive. So, if you are following 100 people, you can drill down and see which of those people haven’t made a Twitter update in a given amount of time. This can be used to help clean up your list of followers so that you follow only active Twitter users.
Group Tweet helps to enable private communication for groups on Twitter. So, you can basically send a message which will turn into a Tweet that only your group members can see.
Pluggio is a secure, web-based system to help individuals, businesses, organizations and marketers easily grow and manage their social media profiles. It includes a suite of tools to organize and keep track of multiple accounts, get more followers, and automate the finding and publishing of excellent targeted content.
Refollow helps you discover, manage, and protect your Twitter social circle. It allow you to mass follow/unfollow/block, group the friends by relationsips, sort by importance, explore twitter social graph, discover relevant users and filter irrelevant users, crowd tagging and comments and much more in one application.
While compiling this list, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great web startups. Feel free to share it with us.