SAMEPOINT is a free specialized search engine that searches only social media sites and services.
If you have been following the Blogisphere/Twitisphere (if you have an once of sanity you probably don’t which is why you read this blog) a recent post on the blog “Mashable” has drawn a lot of interest. It’s by Ben Parr and is called, “What the Web of Tomorrow Will Look Like: 4 Big Trends to Watch“. One of the predicted trends involves social media; blogs, wikis, podcasts, twitter, Facebook, etc. Parr predicts that social media will be the largest component of web usage. Parr goes on to state, “Stats published by Nielsen show that social media usage has increased by 82% in the last year, an astronomical rise. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and social interaction are becoming the focus of our online interactions, even more than search.
Perhaps that’s why a specialized search engine like SAMEPOINT is so timely. SAMEPOINT only searches social media sites, not the whole web, like Google does. Therefore search results will only reflect what’s available in the social media world. Here’s an example of what that looks like.
First of all, the SAMEPOINT user interface is very “Google-Like” with a minimalist search page and a search entry box in the middle. Any one who has every used Google will feel right at home, here
To give SAMEPOINT a workout, I tried a search for my favourite blog site, “DE Tools”.
Notice that all the search results come from social media sites (Facebook, Blogger, etc.) including the ZaidLearn blog site where the site’s owner, well known blogger Zaid Ali Alsagoff posted a very flattering review of DE Tools.
Let’s compare that to a Google Search for “DE Tools”. Notice that DE Tools (a blog site) appears first but that all the search results are standard web sites.
While Google also claims to search social media sites, that’s simply one of many search areas that Google covers. Who knows how far down the search results from Facebook, Blogger or “ZaidLearn” are found. I scanned through the first 20 pages of Google Search results and found none of the sites listed by SAMEPOINT.
This may be why specialized search engines like SAMEPOINT will become increasingly important – because they do a better job searching specific information sources.
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