Search engines such as Google and Bing have been late arriving to the party when it comes to real time search capabilities. Time will only time on whether or not these big players will buy up little niche players such as Samepoint, Addictomatic or itpints when it comes to web 2.0 search applications. In the meanwhile, online researchers can be content with another conversational search tool called BackType.
BackType allows users to find relevant content on blog applications and others social networking websites in real time.
Figure 1 presents the simple search interface of BackType.
Using the keywords, “foreign direct investment” to test BackType provides the results as shown in Figure 2.
Highlighted in yellow are the number of relevant tweets that BackType has found on Twitter.
As of October 13th, 2009, the advanced search function for the tool was not online.
BackType is available at www.backtype.com