This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow users to find real-time information, products and services shared by people from all over the world. Some of the web sites listed here only return content that was posted to them specifically, while others aggregate data from various other resources and display it in one central location.
Businesses can also use many of these websites to promote their company by sharing important messages with customers, and automatically posting content through the use of RSS feeds.
Top 10 Social Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2014.
Twitter.com – Founded in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Twitter is a real time microblogging platform that allows people to post messages called Tweets. It has over 200 million users worldwide and comes in several different languages. From a simple brain storming exercise that was originally meant for a small business group to be able to interact with each other using SMS, Twitter has one of the most popular social networking sites ever.
FriendFeed.com – Founded by Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, Sanjeev Singh and Bret Taylor, FriendFeed is a real time feed aggregator which collects specified information from multiple online sources that have been set up to by each of its users. It is designed to allow friends to share photos, videos, and messages with each other. It was acquired by Friendster in August 2009.
Topsy.com – Started in 2006, Topsy is a real time social search engine based in San Francisco. It was designed for “true web-scale search”, allowing any searchable criteria to be pulled out almost instantaneously, in an effort to produce real-time results.
SocialMention.com – A a social media website that allows a user to easily monitor what other people are saying about them or their product, or research any other topic they may find interesting. It monitors over one hundred web properties, including Twitter and Facebook.
HashTags.org – Created in 2007, Hashtags.org helps people figure out what’s trending and track topics via #hashtags. It also provides a premium analytics service to help company’s track brands, businesses, products, services, events or blogs.
iRAZOO.com – Irazoo is gives its users points each time they use the search engine, participate by giving feedback, and by referring a friends to the site. The points each user earns can be redeemed in exchange for items like an Apple iPod, mp3 player, cameras and many other items.
Wikio.com – Founded in June 19, 2006 by Pierre Chappaz, Wikio is a news information web site based in Luxembourg. It allows its users to access online news by entering keywords to bring up the appropriate articles, videos and audio podcasts. Another service it offers is Wikio Shopping, which is helpful for finding the best deals on products. It let’s you compare prices from several of the most popular Internet shopping sites side-by-side.
Scour.com – Originally named Aftervote.com, Scour was created in 2007 as a social search engine with one mission in mind: to deliver the most relevant results to it’s users as efficiently as possible. It delivers listings based on data correlated from the other major sites: Yahoo, Google and Bing; and integrated user rating system. In addition to voting websites up or down, Scour also allows it’s users to comment on individual listing too.
Plus.Google.com – Launched in 2011, Google+ is its latest social networking endeavor. It has quickly grown to one of the most popular industry websites, which aims to connect people with businesses and each other. It then recommends items to searchers based on what their connections (family, friends and colleagues) like.
Social-Searcher.com – Original developed as www.facebook-search.com in 2010, it was migrated to social-searcher.com in 2011. It’s a free social media search engine which allows users to social networks in real-time and provides deep analytics data, real-time monitoring and email alerts.
Keep in mind this top ten list of social search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.