WSJ Report: Apple Buys Topsy, A Leading Twitter Search & Analytics Company

Topsy-Plain-Logo The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has purchased Topsy, one of the leading Twitter search and analytics companies, for more than $200 million. The WSJ report says that Apple has confirmed the deal but wouldn't comment more beyond this statement: Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans. Topsy is about the only decent third-party Twitter search service to have survived, in recent years. Google had a wonderful service for finding Twitter content called Google Realtime Search that died in 2011, when Google [...]

Communicators, Take Note: The Deplorable State Of Social Search Is Changing

search-social-featured The rate at which people share information (profound and profane alike) on sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is staggering. 137 million status updates per day appear on Facebook, 230 million tweets are shared per day on Twitter and 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute -- all numbers which increase daily. No doubt, social media is alive and well. Social media properties have clearly made the processes of creating and sharing content a compelling activity for everyone. Yet the story is altogether different when it comes to retrieving content. Ever tried to search for [...]

Finally, You Can Search All Your Tweets Via Twitter

twitter search results It's been one of the biggest problems Twitter has had for years, that it's difficult to find your own tweets on the Twitter. The new Twitter Archive service that Twitter launched today goes a long way in solving this issue. Step-By-Step: How To Download All Your Tweets With The New Twitter Archive Service is our story on our Marketing Land sister-site that covers how the new service works. Here on Search Engine Land, we'll focus on the search aspect. After you've downloaded your tweets, you can hunt through them in one of two ways: browsing by month or by keyword search: Browsing [...]

Twitter Inching Closer To Giving You All Your Tweets, But Search Has A Long Way To Go

twitter-search-2012 Twitter is working on a project that will give users access to an archive of all of their own tweets. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told the New York Times this week that the company is building a tool that would let Twitter users download their own tweets. He didn't provide a timeframe for such a tool to be ready. Twitter search is notoriously shallow. Although the company has recently upgraded its search capabilities, the site's search box only shows results from the past seven days. With users tweeting more than 400 million times per day, a full-history, all-Twitter search/download to [...]

New Topsy Index Leverages Influence & Relevance For Google+ Search

Topsy-Plain-Logo Today Topsy Labs, a real-time social search platform, announced the addition of Google+ as a source in its real-time social search index.  Topsy features an influence algorithm to display the most pertinent and popular social results.  In addition to social posts, Topsy displays shared links with social context within the results.  A little over a month ago, we had previously anointed Topsy as the biggest winner in the Google real-time search fallout.  Now it's getting more powerful with the addition of Google+ data. Influence Algorithm One of the most beneficial features touted by [...]

Twitter Renews Deal With Bing; Google Deal Remains MIA

bing-twitter-hearts-featured Twitter and Bing announced that they have extended their deal that allows Bing to tap into Twitter's information in a cutesy exchange on Twitter itself. As for Google, which Twitter's been on the outs with since July, Twitter says there's no similar happy news to report. Dear Twitter, I Love You! Kisses, Bing Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner compiled the exchange using the awesome Storify service, as you'll find here: It's perhaps the first press release via Twitter conversation that I know of. Details? You Don't Need No Stinkin' Details! But how about details? How long is the de [...]

Google Realtime Search & The Aftermath Of The Google-Twitter Split

google-realtime-search-featured Last Friday, Twitter quietly shutdown its "firehose" of tweet data that was being piped to Google. Like a gas station no longer getting deliveries, Google in turn effectively had to hang a "Closed" sign on its Google Realtime Search service. What happened, and what's next for those who depended on Google to get some of their Twitter gas? Some thoughts and advice, below. Topsy Provides Twitter Archive Search First, there's a great alternative to Google Realtime Search: Topsy. Indeed, the company has just put out a blog post reminding the world that it's the only Twitter archive search ser [...]

As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline

google-realtime-search-featured Yesterday, we reported that Google Realtime Search had mysteriously disappeared. Today comes the reason why: Google's agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired, taking with it much of the content that was in the service with it. Google sent us this explanation: Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2. While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be s [...]

Who Started The “Dear Yahoo, I’ve Never Heard Anyone Say ‘Let’s Yahoo It’ Sincerely Google” Twitter Joke?

As you might expect, I monitor a number of search-related topics being discussed on Twitter. Over the past few days, there's been spike in funny bit of advice that Google is giving Yahoo -- that no one says, "Let's Yahoo It." But how did that get started? Let's start with the joke first: Dear Yahoo, I've never heard anyone say, "I don't know, let's Yahoo! it..." just saying... Sincerely, Google Was It eLDee? When I first noticed this taking off this week, I traced it back to musician eLDee, who tweeted it out there and got a number of retweets from his 35,000 followers: Did Fu [...]

An Illustrated Guide To Searching For Shared, Tweeted & “Realtime” Images

Looking for images that are being shared and posted in realtime? That image search space has gotten more competitive, as Nachofoto reenters the field. Below, what it offers, along with general realtime image searching tips using other services like Topsy, Google Realtime Search and Twitter itself. I've used realtime search tools often, in order to see if people are tweeting and sharing images from news events, such as when the tsunami hit Crescent City. At times, they can provide a faster way to see images before news outlets themselves. Nachofoto Nachofoto launched in April 2010 but clos [...]

New: Topsy Launches Real-Time Video Search

Topsy has just launched a new search engine that surfaces hot videos that are being shared on Twitter. The company announced Topsy video search this afternoon via its Twitter account. The new video search functions similarly to Topsy's other search tools -- web (links), tweets and photos. Results appear to be ranked based on several factors, including how often, how recent, and who shares the video on Twitter. The left column offers a number of filtering and sorting options. Those search results are pretty good; I found a few Japan-related videos that I hadn't seen yet despite having [...]

Topsy Social Analytics: Twitter Analytics For The Masses (& Free, Too)

There are plenty of social analytics tools, but the most full-featured ones are often too expensive (i.e., geared towards enterprise-level users) and the inexpensive ones usually offer limited functionality. And then there's Topsy Social Analytics, which was just launched this morning and immediately becomes one of the best free Twitter analytics tools I've seen. There are a number of ways to use it and, if you click that link to check it out, don't be surprised if you spend the next hour there. How Topsy Social Analytics Works With Topsy Social Analytics, you can analyze domains, [...]

Topsy Launches Brand-Friendly Twitter Widgets

Topsy has launched what it's calling Social Modules: embeddable widgets that bring Twitter content to any website. Topsy isn't the first nor only way to do this -- Twitter itself offers several flavors of embeddable widgets -- but Topsy's version offers a few brand-friendly options that I haven't seen available elsewhere. Topsy's module-maker is similar to what Twitter offers (and others), but with a couple notable differences that businesses should appreciate: Tweets can be filtered by influence (see the middle check box in the image above; see Topsy's website to read how it deter [...]

What Social Signals Do Google & Bing Really Count?

Both Google and Bing have added many social search features over the past year. There's also been talk about using "social signals" to help rank regular search results. But are either of the major search engines actually using those social signals to rank regular search results? A bit, they tell me. In particular, your stature on Twitter could help influence how a page ranks in web search. I gave Bing and Google six questions about how they use social data from Twitter and Facebook. In particular, I wanted to know how that data influenced regular web search results, not the impact it ha [...]

OneRiot Passes Its Real-Time Search Partners To Topsy

Last week's news that OneRiot had shuttered its search engine left something of a void in the real-time search space. Numerous developers and companies that had come to rely on OneRiot's API were suddenly out in the cold. Today, Topsy has announced that it's taking on OneRiot's former real-time search partners via the Topsy API, which already powers real-time search on many websites and applications. As part of the partnership, Topsy is also monetizing its search platform via OneRiot's ad network. "We are honored that OneRiot is partnering with Topsy to transition their organic real-time [...]

Topsy: Now Searching Tweets Back To May 2008

Looking for old tweets? Look to Topsy. The service has just expanded to have what it claims to be the largest searchable collection of past tweets, over 5 billion of them, stretching back to at least May 2008. That makes it more comprehensive than Google's Twitter search or even Twitter's own Twitter Search. Topsy will be sharing the news itself later today, on its blog. Beyond being comprehensive, another nice thing about Topsy is the ability to restrict a search using special "operators" or commands -- such as "from" -- to find tweets from a particular user or the ability to see tweets wi [...]

Topsy Launches Twitter Expert Search; Better Options Exist

Topsy, the Twitter-focused real-time search engine, has launched a new tool aimed at helping users find the right people to follow called Topsy Expert Search. The blog post seems to suggest that this is a "labs" product, but there's a prominent link to Expert Search right from Topsy's home page. Either way, Expert Search seems like a tool that's not quite ready for prime-time. Consider, for example, an expert search for SEO: (click for larger version) No disrespect to the account holders who are listed for that query -- they very well may be SEO experts. But I think most readers [...]

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