What is it? A free search engine to help journalists find posts about certain topics on social networks.
How is it of use to journalists? Social media is becoming an increasingly powerful channel for sourcing stories, but with the number of platforms now around it's becoming more difficult to stay on top of the chatter.
It may be that you're looking for reactions on social about certain news events, or you might be trying to find eyewitnesses, photos or videos from the scene of a story.
With Social Searcher, you can search for keywords on multiple platforms at the same time.
The social networking search engine supports a wide variety of platforms, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit and YouTube.
You can save individual searches you may need to perform more often, and use advanced filters to help you find what you're looking for quicker.
Screenshot of search results.
Social Searcher enables you to search based on 'post types', for example, and find results that include links, photos, videos or any combination of media.
Each search also comes with its own analytics dashboard, where you can see the most popular related hashtags, the overall sentiment of the posts (i.e. if the language denotes a positive view of the topic), or other keywords that are often featured alongside the terms used in your search.
Social Searcher is free to use for up to 100 searches a day, after which you can choose from a number of pricing options available.
These include additional features such as the ability to save individual posts, access web mentions of keywords, and use the 'monitoring' service.
'Monitoring' enables you to save the mentions history, access advanced analytics and export data as a CSV file.
Social Searcher started out in 2012 as an Android app allowing users to search through Facebook without logging in, and has since expanded to become a comprehensive tool for finding posts on social media.
- To find out more about effective social media search techniques and the ethics around handling eyewitness media, join us at news:rewired 'in focus' – a half-day event looking at social search and verification in London in October.
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