Social Networking Sites Becoming Real Time Search Engines


A very popular social networking website, started it's search engine, People tweets their experiences and now instead of just looking at a list of tweets, you can search tweets on any topic. It's then, when Michael Arrington said: "It's Time To Thinking of Twitter as a Search Engine". But Twitter is not just a search engine like any others, it acts as a Real Time Search Engine. People share their experiences, reviews about products, services as and when they interact with them. And others can just find them in real time by searching on Twitter.

But as wise men say: "Competition creates better products", soon after twitter launched it's real time search engine, FaceBook acquired FriendFeed, one of the largest and most-discussed social media acquisitions we’ve seen in a long time. This step was take to rival Twitter's real time search engine. A FriendFeed would not only search status updates, but photos, notes, images, videos, and links. Users are able to search in real time about what their friends update.

We all have heard the term "Tested and Proven". Looking at the success of both of these social networking sites' real time search engines, now StumbleUpon wants to be a search engine too. They announced that they will be providing new elements through their website like, better search and better social elements from next month. StumbleUpon stats it's new features include:
  • search for sites within your own favorites
  • search your friend’s favorites
  • improved friend search capabilities
  • improved site navigation
  • improved navigation within user profiles

"There are other changes, too. The old “What’s New” page has been replaced by a “Recent Activity” page; StumbleUpon borrows from Twitter lingo by calling this a page of “nearly real-time updates.” Friend requests have been replaced by “subscription” — when you subscribe to a user, that person’s stumbles will appear in your Recent Activity page. The old “Similarity Meter”
is gone, and StumbleUpon Groups has been diminished — it’s now only available through a footer link", said Matt McGee.

To summarize the scenario, this can be very helpful for a large array of group who make real time searches. This may part the search engines into two groups: 1. Querry Relavent Search Engines & 2. Real Time Search Engines. We appreciate your views and comments.

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