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Which social media search engine when?

There are an increasing number of social media search engines available. I’ve gathered together various different types - traditional search engine, search engines that have been created by people, engines that look at newsgroups etc and for good measure search engines that cover people search as well.


Social Media search engines


48ers - Realtime Social Search

Backtweets for links on Twitter

Buzzsumo finds where your searchterms are most often found

Hashtagifyme for hashtags

Hshtags for the hashtags in your life

Icerocket is excellent

Junoba for web and Twitter

Lanyrd for conference searching.

Mamuna to find social networks

Omgili lets you search discussions, reviews etc

Openstatus search for the stuff that’s public on Facebook

Qwant is a general engine, but with useful stuff

Sency - What's Going On?. This is a search engine that uses Twitter for its content.

Social Mention searches across wide variety of subject areas

Social Searcher does what you’d expect

Snapbird for Twitter

Topsy to search 426 billion tweets

Wefollow to find people on Twitter

Whostalkin covers, blogs, news, networks etc.


People moderated search engines


These are engines that allow users to vote for specific results, either for good or bad and move them up and down in the rankings. Some also allow people to create results pages. Hardly any of these are particularly brilliant, but they're the ones that most people will want to use if at all. Be careful when using them though, and be prepared to double check results elsewhere.


Anoox machine generated results, people vote optimized

ChaCha employs guides to help users find what they need.

Mahalo provides people generated lists of sites, part search engine, part directory.

Stumpedia is a newish search engine, so has limited use so far

Wikia Search with answers provided by real people

Zakta See what others have found and shared.


Forums and news groups


Not always very exciting these days, but useful content can still be gained by searching forums and newsgroups, though again the content can be personalised and untrustworthy, so do doublecheck!


BoardReader - Connecting Communities through Search

Omgili for discussions

Tile for email newsletters and discussion lists


Weblog search engines


People write weblogs, and these are an increasingly important way of finding the content that you need in a timely manner. Do however remember that a lot of the content is going to be personal and biased. Many major search engines already search blogs as a tabbed option, but the following are search engines that are specifically searching blogs.


IceRocket blog search is an excellent resource.

Newspond for gaming, science and tech coverage

Techmeme covers key stories from bloggers


People search engines


If you are looking for an individual, these engines may help. The majority of engines in this category are however US based or biased, so you may need to cross your fingers! I have yet to find a good one, so am less than impressed with the nonsensical claims so many of them come out with.


192 for UK individuals

British Telecom Directory Enquiries

PeekYou on life, work, school, Google

Pipl 'most comprehensive people search on the web'

snitch.name is a multi search engine trawling a lot of sites. I've seen worse.

WebMii - Search for people. International option.

Who Are All These People? US only from what I could tell. Unimpressed.

Yasni 'find yourself on the web'

Yoname for people, web and public records (US) search

Zabasearch is US biased, but ok