Company owners and website owners are always looking for new ways to monitor their brand online. Well, not only is 48ers a real-time social search that can help you monitor your brand more effectively, but it can also help you monitor your name, username and even links on various social media sites. Best of all, you can monitor all of those items with a simple query in the search bar.
As you can see from the image above, 48ers homepage is similar to other popular search engines like Google search and Twitter search. You will see the nice clean logo, search bar, and trending topics. These trending topics do not just cover Twitter, but they also cover Facebook, Google Buzz, Digg and Delicious. Once you click on a topic, you’ll be taken to a results page where you can filter the results by site or view them all together.
If you were to search for your brand, name or link (without the https://), results would show up on the same fashion. I found that when searching for a link, omitting the “https://” and even “www” from the link, resulted in the best, most accurate results. This is a great way to see who is talking about you or sharing links from your site across the Web. Whether a link has been shortened or not, it will still show up in your results – which is nice.
You’re able to share your results via email, Facebook, Twitter and more by using the AddThis share button at the top right of your results (see above). You can also share individual updates by just clicking on the “share” link next to each item.
Unfortunately, 48ers does not offer too many other features besides the ones mentioned above. I would really love the ability to subscribe to search results, and then receive new updates by email or even via an RSS feed. It might also be nice to be able to reply to tweets or comment on Facebook updates right from the site. Sharing via AddThis is a nice touch but I feel a retweet button or link would be better, since the messaged inserted into the tweet box using AddThis is not very helpful (see below).
There are other real-time social search engines out there that you may feel do a better, such as SocialMention or Scour; it all just depends on your preferences and the features you want in your search.
Are there any features you’d like to see added on 48ers?