If you want to know how to search Twitter you’ve come to the right place. This is the biggest, baddest more awesomest list in the entire world on searching Twitter. Really!

(Yes, I know that Summize was bought by Twitter. But, there are still many other ways to search Twitter and discover great stuff and new people to follow. You can learn all about trends and fads by using other tools. In short, this list of Twitter search tools is still important and relevant despite the Summize buyout.)

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How to Search Twitter

1. Summize Grade: A+

“Search Twitter conversations in realtime – discover what people are doing right now.”

One of my favorite Twitter tools. This is the TWitter search engine to beat. Special note: Twitter bought Summize and it’s now Twitter branded.

Note 1: Create Twitter Search Feeds in FeedDemon
Note 2: Twitter Search

2. Tweetscan A-

“Tweet Scan is a real-time search engine for Twitter. We index all public messages on Twitter so you can find the conversations, people, and tweets you want. You can search by keyword, author, and date with results available via email, RSS, and Twhirl.”

Includes wiki and a blog. Niiice.

3. Twitter Fan Wiki Grade: A

“We’ve set this up as a place to post cool ideas, uses and feature requests for Twitter.”

This is an outstanding way to find stuff on Twitter and about Twitter. I highly recommend this web site.

4. Twubble Grade: A-

“Twubble can help expand your Twitter bubble—it searches your friend graph and picks out people who you may like to follow.”

Automagic to use. Fun. Fast. Pretty good discovery tool if you’re just starting out. If you’ve been on Twitter for a while, it’s a little less powerful.

Note: Crazy Bob

5. Twitscoop Grade: B+

“Through an automated algorithm, twitscoop crawls hundreds of tweets every minute and extracts the words which are mentionned more often than usual.”

Pretty cool way to discover information via a unique tag cloud display. Great way to get a feel for Twitter buzz; somewhat addictive.

6. TwitBuzz Grade: B+

“Twitbuzz is a new content filtering service that tracks and follows the latest popular links, conversations and people on Twitter. Twitbuzz addresses the desperate need for management of twitters vastly expanding social frenzy and organizes information appropriately and effectively based on a proprietary scoring algorithm. Twitbuzz prides itself on having high information relevancy and is competitive with other services in the space.”

What I like about this is the “Top Buzzing Links” section. Create way to find popular links on Twitter. Bravo! But, nothing too special beyond the Buzzing links.

7. Twitag Grade: B+

“Twitag is a #tag finder for Twitter Our goal is to facilitate and organize the most recent content tagged by users.”

This is a unique Twitter search engine which I like. It’s useful for really digging into Twitter. Could be quite useful for advanced users. Gives value to folks who hash like crazy.

8. TwitDir Grade: B

“A Twitter directory”

I love the Top 100 items they carry: Top 100 Followed, Top 100 Updaters, Top 100 Favoriters, Top 100 Followers. Very cool and useful if you love lists.

9. Twitter Search (Google custom channel) Grade: B

“A search engine that scans Twitter”

This is a Google custom search meaning that it’s not the “official” Google search. Nevertheless, it works well, exploiting Google’s search technology and indexing.

10. Flaptor’s Twitter Search Grade: B-

Plain vanilla, somewhat slow Twitter search engine. Unique feature: You can install the search plugin in your browser.

11. Twellow Grade: B-

“Twellow.com is currently grabbing publicly available messages from the Twitter.com micro-blogging service. We then analyze and categorize each of the users responsible for those messages into the various categories found at Twellow.com. By adding these people to specific categories we help you narrow your searching into specific niches where you can find who you are looking for.”

Currently in “alpha” mode and unclear about long term viability.

12. TwitterTroll Grade: B-

“TwitterTroll.com is the coolest real-time Twitter search engine!”

I find interesting stuff when I search but not what I would call perfect matches. This is a nice place to visit from time to time to find goodies in the nooks and crannies.

Note: TwitterTroll Creator on Twitter

13. TwitterMap’s Twitter Search Grade: C+

One of the early Twitter search tools. Was great when it first launched but not as serious or as robust as newer Twitter search tools and web sites.


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