What are real-time search tools? Is it useful? Scoopler VS OneRiot

By moonparkmoonpark (1261427531|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

With the rise of the Web 2.0, the demand for live updates has exponentially increased in the recent years. As a result, some search tools were developed to meet these demands. In this blog, I will give some background and potential use of these tools. In addition, I will compare and evaluate two of these search engines: Scoopler and OneRiot.

Introduction

Background

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Real-time search is a technology that enables users to locate data based on time of creation. This is different from web-based search where the query system scans the internet for relevant information, and does not categorize the results by the post time. By utilizing these real-time search tools, the users will not have to scan different sites for updates.

Use

These search tools are very useful when searching for time sensitive information. For example, a user just found out there has been a massive earthquake in Tokyo, and wanted to retrieve some primary information. If the query person used web-based search tool such as Google, then the user would have most likely located out-dated periodicals. On the other hand, if the person used a real-time based search system, then he/she might have found first-hand accounts of the event or some live coverage page. Therefore, these real-time search gadgets are great source for locating time sensitive information. (Be aware: these search engines tend to have a lot of status updates and blog entries due the nature of the query process)

Live-Search Tools

Scoopler

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Scoopler is a real-time search engine that scans the web for breaking news, photos, and vides from different resources. Some of these sources include Twitter, Flickr, Digg, and Delicious.

From my experience with Scoopler, it does a great job posting both live feeds as well as popular content. They maintain two columns where the left side has very recent articles that might be relevant to the search query while maintaining live feeds on the right side. These live feeds tend to focus mostly on status updates from Twitter. The nice thing about this page is that everything is organized very well while providing the details of the poster. (Please refer to the screenshot on the right for the layout of the page)

In addition, they maintain some category tabs on the top menu, which makes it easier for the users to locate relevant information. In addition, they have a live feed bar on the top of the page so that the users can see the most up-to-date posts.

Pros
Maintains both live posts and popular post list
News fee at the top of the page
Subdivided categories (easier navigation)
Diverse search resources
Good number of relevant articles
Cons
Boring interface (not much graphics)

OneRiot

OneRiot is another real-time search engine, but mainly focuses on the social network posts rather than articles. They mainly query through Twitter and Digg to locate relevant information. As a result, most of the results tend to status updates and social posts. (Please refer to the video below for instruction on how to use OneRiot)

Using OneRiot was a unique experience, but had limits on relevant information. Since it only uses socially networking sites to search for user’s keywords, the results tend to be useless the user is looking for status updates. In addition, there is no differentiating factor for this website compared to other real-time search engine.

On the other hand, they do maintain trendy topics below the search bar. They also structured the site so that it is kind of exciting, but the results are pretty much worthless.

Pros
Somewhat interesting structure
Easy to use
Cons
Very limited resources (focuses mainly on Twitter and Digg)
Does not have much relevant information

Conclusion (Comparison)

Overall, I would rather use Scoopler to search for live information since it screens more resources than OneRiot. In addition, it tends to bring up more information and is much more organized. I especially liked how they separated the up-to-date information from popular outcomes. Furthermore, Scoopler doesn’t just focus on status updates, but also searches for articles as well as blogs. I believe this is a useful tool for someone looking for breaking news stories or to follow the trend of the internet.

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