There seems to have been a rash of startups based on Twitter in London. Some of the best known are Tweetdeck and Tweetmeme, but others have appeared like Curated.by (which just moved out to the Valley). But one which has been bubbling under and, like curated.by is focused on curated realtime streams, nsyght.com. We covered their relaunch last year when they announced Angel funding from a group of investors which included Shawn Kernes (co-founder of Stubhub).
Nsyght’s approach is that the product retrieves information from a user’s entire social graph (Twitter, Facebook, digg, Vimeo, Stumbleupon, Flickr, Delicious etc). Turn on the “everyone” firehouse and it updates very, very fast, due to it’s own bespoke search engine. Nsyght differs from Curated.by in that it’s far more geared to archiving realtime streams – Curated.by search is still limited by the same limits Twitter has.
They’ve now released a new feature which focuses on making a combination of twitter’s saved searches and lists searchable. That makes sense. Have you tried making lots of Twitter lists? It’s a pain in the ass. Curating is all very well, but it takes effort. So on Nsyght you create a list and chose to have the list follow just you, then create lists very, very easily.
For example: here’s a list founder Geoffrey McCaleb has created of VCs.
Each post has a hashtag of #vc. In other words, when he’s posted a tweet about VCs with that tag, Nsyght has picked it up and added it to his VC list. So you don’t even need to be on nsyght to curate a list in Nsyght, so long as you’ve linked your Twitter account with it. These lists are searchable, and archivable. So if you curate a list at SXSW, a year from now it will still be there. This is great for research purposes and going back to find things you lost on Twitter, who’s in-house search is pretty short.
Effectively nsyght is addressing the problem of “curation publishing” for the individual. So you can use your archival and realtime search to find things to curate, actually curate easily and then use it even when your just on normal Twitter web or a Twitter app.
Another feature called query builder gives users the ability to perform advanced search queries over their data.