Searching Twitter is easy enough. Along with Twitter’s own official search engine, there’s a whole flurry of websites and apps out there dedicated to searching the popular social networking and microblogging service, like Scoopler, Twazzup, and TweetScan just to name a few.
By now, we all know the power of Twitter and its users to send out information, such as breaking news, quickly and in real-time. Tweets are great and all, but what about the pictures? Fortunately, there’s plenty of websites that allow anyone to search the Twitter universe for images. Most importantly, everything is still in real-time.
Here’s 6 websites to search through Twitter images (warning: some of the images that are displayed on the following sites can be NSFW).
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The simply designed PicFog is a real-time search engine to search Twitter images. Search results are displayed in thumbnails and automatically update nonstop. Just click on one for an enlarged view and complete details, like who sent it and the actual tweet.
You can browse the images by keyword or search for pictures by any particular Twitter user. You can even search for images near you or any location, as well as check out the latest breaking news topics.
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PicBrk is another real-time image site to search Twitter images. It’s pretty much as simple as it gets here. Just type in a keyword in the search bar for the results, which are displayed with the most recently shared images first.
On a side note, all of the images on PicBrk are displayed with safe search on (you actually have to pay the site to upgrade and turn off the filter), so you may not be able to access all of the pictures available.
TwiPho stays away from the simple designs of other Twitter image search websites. Its unique, user-friendly interface clearly distinguishes itself from the rest of the competition.
Results are displayed instantly right on the homepage, along with the user it came from and the complete details. Moreover, you can even specify which image hosting sites (twitpic, img.ly, and yfrog) you want your results from.
LiveFrame provides us with another image search service for Twitter. It’s pretty much the same deal here, only this time the site displays large images in its results, not just thumbnails.
Take note that LiveFrame is based off Twitter’s public search, so images have to be available there in order to be displayed. Furthermore, the website only supports images hosted on Twitpic or yfrog.
Twicsy’s homepage is packed full of pics from top trending topics on Twitter. It can be very useful, but for your own search queries, the site does deliver.
The first row of images displayed on the results page are the most recent, while the rest are over one day old. Feel free to explore those images or sort the results by date to go straight into the real-time stream for continuous updates.
Twitcaps allows you to do more than just search Twitter images. Along with the real-time results, you can capture any image for later use. Other features include image search by location and pages for the most popular pics.
How do you search for images shared on Twitter? Which is your favorite search engine? Let us know in the comments.