Social Media Search: 5 Super Tools for Searching Social Media

5 Great Tools for Social Media Search

searching social mediaIf you’ve ever tried to do social media search using social media platforms, you’ll find that quite often the results are not great. But there are tools that can help.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to five tools that will help you find more detailed and accurate information on social media related to your business or anything else that interests you.

1. Social Media Search using Social Searcher

When you go to Social Searcher you’ll see a search box similar to the following.

 

social media search
The default search option

 

When you enter your keywords in Social Searcher, the tool will return results for mentions across all major social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Searching on Social Media
Searching on Social Media

 

You can choose to sort results by Date or Popularity, and also use filters to narrow your search results by Sentiment, Post Types, and Social Networks.

2. Using Google Advanced Search to Find Relevant Content

We recently did a post on using Google Advanced Search for Blog Research. It contained a range of Google commands that are useful to find content to get ideas for blogging, find guest blog opportunities, and much more.

Some of these commands can also be used to search social platforms.

Looking for a Facebook page using Facebook search can be quite frustrating. A much quicker and more effective way is using Google. Here’s an example:

site:www.facebook.com inurl:<name you are looking for>

Site:  This means you are only interested in content on a particular site, for example, Facebook.com.

Inurl:  If you are looking for a word or collection of words that are part of the web address. For example, if you were looking for the Pepsi Facebook page you could type:

Site:www.facebook.com inurl:pepsi

This works because Facebook includes the page name as part of the web address. This command can be used with other platforms also.

3.  Google Custom Searches Using UVRX.com

Uvrx social search is a collection of Google custom searches put together for Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube etc. Google allows you to easily build your own search engine by specifying the list of sites you want to search. The social search engine was built using Google technology and the only requirement from Google is that they display their advertisements.

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UVRX – Social Search developed from Google custom searches

4. TalkWalker Social Search

TalkWalker Social Search is the most feature-rich tool in this roundup, and it’s completely free to use!

To get started with TalkWalker Social Search, go to their website and create a free account. The free account will let you perform unlimited search over the last seven days across Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, news, forums, etc. You can search by country and media types. If you want to include Facebook results in your search, you’ll need to connect your Facebook account.

After you enter your keyword, the tool will show you the total number of mentions, sentiment (positive/negative), engagement, reach, demographics, and other useful insights. There is also a timeline chart that shows the results over time.

You’ll see your top 100 results in a list similar to the one below. You can change the layout for your results and sort them by engagement, potential reach, date published, etc.

talkwalker-social-search-results

5. Use Tagboard Hashtag Search Tool

Tagboard lets you search for hashtags from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Vine, giving you a complete picture of what people are saying around a hashtag you are interested in.

The results are displayed in a user-friendly dashboard and you can filter them by social network.

tagboard-razorsocial-search

Another great feature of this tool is the ability to save a particular tagboard that you’re interested in.

These are just some of the tools I have found useful.

I’d be very interested to hear what tools you are using for social search.

 

11 Responses to 5 Great Tools for Social Media Search

  1. Very helpful review of social media search engines. I had the same problem searching pages on Facebook; not anymore, thanks to your share.

  2. I know that you havne’t added all the tools out there but there is one more that I would like to add. I personally created a online tool that actually gives you all the social signals of any url. viralitycheck.com
    I think this a great tool to see how you match up to your rivals. Don’t you?

  3. This tool is great! Knowing what’s trending and what people are searching in social media will give us a lot of good insights on what people are looking to and what are they talking about. Then we also make the most out of it by engaging to the same topics and trends as well. Btw, ever heard of http://postific.com/, my colleagues are telling me it is a good social platforms as well.

  4. As more and more social sites appear, the need for a dedicated social search engine is paramount. You have some good tools listed although I would like to suggest another … http://socialsearch.thingweb.com/ … one cool feature missing would be the ability to track public posts by location. This would make it easy to see events/posts around you, etc. Nonetheless, nice article/post!

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