• Topsy Becomes An Even More Powerful Alternative To Twitter's Official Search Engine

    Topsy Becomes An Even More Powerful Alternative To Twitter's Official Search Engine

    If you’ve ever tried to use Twitter Search, you know that it’s got some pretty serious problems. First, the site only lets you search back through a couple weeks of tweets. Even worse, the service doesn’t seem to employ any relevancy algorithm to speak of — you just see the most recent tweets that contain your query’s keywords, regardless of who said them… Read More

  • Twitturly Sold For A Song

    We wrote that Twitturly filled a bit of a void when it was launched in April 2008 as a sort of Techmeme for all that gets linked on Twitter. Much of the initial excitement over its link tracking abilities ebbed away rather swiftly regardless, and competitors like Tweetmeme and Topsy have stolen much of Twitturly’s thunder since its launch. Joel Strellner, who started the project, finally… Read More

  • Topsy Surfaces Hottest Real Time Links, Hits And TweetMeme Head On

    Real time search and discovery engine Topsy is releasing a bunch of new products and tools this afternoon. Topsy is all about the power of the ReTweet on Twitter. When the service first launched publicly in May we noted that ReTweets are the new currency of the web. And it isn’t just the number of retweets that matters (which is subject to large scale spamming efforts). It’s… Read More

  • As Other Real-Time Search Engines Fizzle, OneRiot Gets Some Early Traction

    While there have been many real-time search engine launches over the past few months (Scoopler, Topsy, Collecta, CrowdEye), most of them so far have fizzled (see Google Website Trends chart above). After an initial burst of curiosity, interest tends to dive. One exception, however, is OneRiot, which appears to be gaining some early traction in the real-time search race. This race has just… Read More

  • The Real Time Search Dilemma: Consciousness Versus Memory

    One of the hottest areas of search right now is real time search, which attempts to find results based on what is happening right now. Twitter’s search engine fast becoming one of the key ways to navigate the service and discover what people are thinking about any subject at any given moment. Facebook is testing out ways to let you search your personal stream. Google is waking up to… Read More

  • Topsy Search Launches: ReTweets Are The New Currency Of The Web

    New search engine Topsy, which has been in stealth development for three years, launches, well, now. Before Google, search engines like AltaVista determined relevance based on how well a web page matched the query. Then came Google, which views the web as a network of documents. Today, all search engines analyze linking behavior around the web. When a web page is linked to a lot, it’s… Read More