CrowdEye, one of the new Twitter-based real-time search engines that has launched this year, has just upgraded its service with several new features that will remind you of … Google? It’s true. The service now includes a PageRank-like measurement system, a customizable home page (sorta like iGoogle), and the ability to perform site: searches like you would on Google. Here’s a look at the new features announced today:
Personalized Home Page
CrowdEye users can now customize their home page with content about their favorite sites. I could, for example, set up my home page to show tweets about Search Engine Land and the most tweeted articles from Search Engine Land. I can also save my favorite CrowdEye search queries to my home page. It might make an excellent reputation management dashboard of sorts for users who want to monitor tweets and links about certain companies, keywords, and so forth.
In today’s announcement, CrowdEye co-founder Ken Moss calls this his site’s version of Google’s PageRank. CrowdEye says this ranking system adds relevance to its search results by measuring a Twitter account’s influence. You’ll see the CrowdEye Rank of users across the site, including in search results like this:
The ranking system appears to rely heavily on the number of followers a user has; top users include Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, and Britney Spears.
Though not highlighted in the release, this appears to be a new feature that also adds to CrowdEye’s value as a monitoring tool. You can search for content related to specific domains by using a site: search operator. The search results will show the top links and tweets for the domain.
The other upgrade CrowdEye is adding can be seen in both screenshots above: Deeper integration of Twitter functions like “retweet” and “follow” throughout the site.
It’s a substantial set of upgrades, and one that, as I suggested a couple times above, magnifies CrowdEye’s potential for reputation and keyword monitoring on Twitter.