Scoopler Search Engine Comparison

On this page, you will find a comparison of other real-time search engines to Scoopler.
The purpose of this webpage is to provide you with an idea of similar tools that are out there and how they differ from Scoopler.

Other helpful pages regarding Scoopler

  • Demonstration: A demonstration of how to use the website can be found here
  • Analysis: You can find the analysis of the search engine's functions here

Comparison to Other Real-Time Search Engines

Before I begin my comparison, let me remind you of why real-time search engines exist.

We are familiar with the term user generated content such as THIS, a wiki, or a blog, discussion boards etc. A large portion of this content comes from social networking sites. Real-time search engines, despite their recent appearance compared to Google search, are unique in using microblogging and social bookmarking sites as tools to figure out what content is relevant up to the second. This is what has made them attractive to users.

Real-time search is valuable because it lets you know what’s happening right now on any given topic.

There are a few competitors in this space right now going head to head with Scoopler. I am going to discuss my thoughts on those websites in comparison to Scoopler.

OneRiot

It also promises real-time web search. It is similar to Scoopler in its "trending topics" much like the "hottest topics" on Scoopler. Its interface doesn't seem as clearcut. It includes information such as tweets and diggs, but they are very outdated. The most recent search result for Starbucks was almost two hours ago. I do, however, like the option of a RSS feed on the search result page to track results.

"OneRiot focuses on the actual content users are sharing via Twitter and Digg instead of their tweets and commentary. The company says it factors in 26 different criteria in its search engine, including a link’s freshness, its domain authority or how reputable the Web site is, and velocity or the speed at which a link is shared through the community." (source)

Twitter Search & Twazzup

Twitter feeds are a large part of Scoopler's real-time results, in this regard, it is more like Twitter Search except better due to its inclusion of other returns like images/videos. Other similar Twitter searches include DailyRT and Twazzup. Twitter Search compiles real-time Twitter feeds from many sources (examples include Twitterific, Twitterfeed, UberTwitter, txt, web etc). Twazzup does this as well, but takes it one step further. When I searched for Starbucks, it not only shows the real-time tweets, but also two related photos, news, most popular links, and suggestions for additional searches.

However, Scoopler's content is still much more abundant. The most Twazzup offers is 19 links and 9 news stories and they are not necessarily the most relevant articles. In terms of videos and images, they are definitely lacking. You may question, well, how is Scoopler in terms of the Twitter feeds? As I've mentioned before, although Scoopler includes other real-time sites, for a popular topic such as Starbucks, its "live updates" column is usually dominated by Twitter feeds. So I did a search for starbucks there and compared the frequency of update. Scoopler updated very frequently, usually with feeds posted a minute ago whereas the two Twitter sites may have feeds that posted about 40 seconds ago, it is not a significant difference.

Collecta

Collecta has some nice filtering options, I can chose to filter out stories (blogs posts, articles), coments (on blogs posts), updates(twitter, jaiku, identica), photos (flickr, twitpic, yFrog), or Videos (youtube ustream). One advantage to Collecta is its use of the XMPP instant messaging protocol (the same technology powering Google’s communication and collaboration tool Wave), which allows it to show information that’s truly in real-time, rather than items that are simply recent. However, its weakness compared to Scoopler is that this site simply returns a list of Live search results, and does not give a list of the most active overall or the most popular results for the search term.

CrowdEye

This shows the Top Hash Tags from Twitter as well as the most popular words related to the search term. It includes a column of hot searches to the right. t shows a graph of tweet subject trends over up to the past three days. It includes a list of related categories, hashtags, and common words from tweets about your search term — but displayed as a tag cloud. These features are meant to help users browse through the most recent information, however, I like Scoopler's method of putting the actual headline in the list of hot topics more.

For my actual search, it provided only five most popular links at the top of my search with the majority of the page being Twits. Further more, a BIG disadvantage is that CrowdEye results do not continue to update in real time – the results page is static. It pulls its results from Twitter, but it will not update in real-time, which I think defeats the entire purpose.

Comparison of Content Search

Google News

Just to test how good the content searches are. I did compared Google News Search results to Scoopler link results for the topic of Starbucks. The number on result on Google News was Starbucks goes to China, which was the 5th result on Scoopler, with news articles written more recently ahead of it. The top result on Scoopler was Funny Starbucks Computer Setups, its description is Using the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks is one thing, but bringing your entire desktop system to the coffee shop is an entirely different story. As you can see, this is not the most relevant news, yet it is first on Scoopler due to its preference for real-time information.

However, I also tried a simple image search on Google News and it returned 422 results, and they weren't all relevant (for instance, one of them is of the guy who wrote the article) so in comparison, Scoopler's image search in comparison is much better, Its results do not pull from news articles of course, it instead uses sites such as Flickr and so the images are mostly photographs.

Conclusion

Scoopler is one of the better real-time search engines out there despite its relative young age in the market. Its ability to pull from many sources in addition to Twitter and its nice interface, which separates the more substantial results such as links, images, and videos, from the social networking site results is immensely helpful to the browsing experience. Aside from going to Google news for more content related links, I would choose Scoopler over any of the other real-time sites mentioned above.

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