Social media conversations are everywhere. Even most “die-hard” web 1.0 addicts (who once considered social networking insane) have engaged into social media by now.
People share thoughts, exchange opinions and reviews every single second. It is really hard to keep track of those conversations and sometimes you just need to.
Would you like to know what people are saying about the recent product or track your business reviews? This time I am listing most useful online tools that might help you to search multiple social media sites from one place (and sometimes with one click).
|Tool||Social media sites tracked||More fun|
|[NO LONGER WORKS] Spy||Twitter, FriendFeed, Flickr, BackType||Updates in real time|
|SamePoint||FriendFeed, MyBlogLog, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress.com, Diigo, Digg, etc||RSS subscription|
|SocialMention||Technorati.com, Twitter.com, Facebook.com, Tumblr.com, Youare.com, Rejaw.com, Friendfeed.com, Jaiku.com, Brightkite.com, Diigo, Clipmarks, StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, Mixx||Sort search results by date or relevance, set results freshness|
|Facebook, Friendster, Last.FM, MySpace, Linkedin, Netblog, Ning, bebo, Xanga, hi5, Delicious, Blinklist, Reddit, Metafilter, MyWeb, etc||Browser search plugin, Google gadget|
[NO LONGER WORKS] Spy is fun to use. It updates in real time and if you are tired of working, you can just sit back and read the updates.
The tool also shows recent trends (as well as hashtags) and allows you to change the page background color:
SamePoint offers to search plenty of social networks. It has a handy interface allowing you to click through the tabs to get more targeted results: social media, microblogging, networks, images, etc. You can also subscribe to any search by RSS to track any changes.
It also offers real time tracking mode:
SocialMention offers to search through blogs (WordPress.com, Google Blog Search, Live.com, Technorati.com, Wikio.com), bookmarks (Diigo, Clipmarks, StumbleUpon), micro-blogs, comments (BackType), images (Flickr, Picasaweb, Photobucket), news (Digg, Reddit, Mixx), video (Youtube, Truveo.com, Pixsy.com), etc:
It also scores each query based on its social media presence:
WhosTalkin is the most comprehensive of all. It is divided into sections that includes blogs, news, networks, videos, images, and forums. Each of the sections has numerous options to click through.
The site also offers to install their Google gadget to bring the power of the social media search to your Google home page.
Of course, there are more social media search tools. I’ve only mentioned those that appeared useful to me. Which tools are you using and would like to recommend?
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