1.im social search is powered by Google with the unique
advantage that it only searches the largest social media properties in the world
to clean the results to just that of social media.
We recommend if you would rather search the entire internet you simply use google.com directly as we can provide no advantage.
The sites that we include in our index are as follows and a short description of each.
YouTube.com, hardly needs an introduction unless you have been living in a nuclear bunker for the last 20 years. YouTube is the world’s largest user generated video content and sharing library. Fun fact, more than 500 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube each and every minute so one person can never possibly see it all in their lifetime. If you want to just search YouTube, again we can only recommend that you use the native site for that purpose. If you are quickly trying to compare search results of YouTube vs another site you can use the query ‘site:youtube.com search-term(s)’ this will narrow your results to just YouTube.com for that one specific search.
Ask.fm, is a spin on traditional social sites in that it encourages users to ask and answer questions to each other, which can be done either publicly or anonymously for the more intriguing and sensitive topics. The last reported user count was over two-hundred fifteen million. The site is very popular in South America and is a great way to make new friends worldwide.
Academia.edu is largely focused on the University and Academic arena. The site encourages sharing of papers, research and field advancements. Along with a user profile an individual can showcase their work, contribute to the work of others or coordinate on projects. The last reported user numbers were north of 58 million and contributions come in from around the world.
Myspace.com used to be the largest social media network for several years while Facebook was in infant stages and exclusively for college students. Myspace started from night club influencers and then quickly attracted celebrities of all levels which caused regular users to show up. The site was overrun by various bots, spam and general sense of garbage but still lives today as a pop culture distribution system and some users retain their profiles. Myspace is still very active and has a lot of photographic and value added insights from celebrities and influencers of lower status.
Quora.com is another question and answer website but rather than the questions and answers being specific about the user asking or answering them, they can be about any topic people feel they know something about. Making it more like a catalogued chat room with very intellectual responses. Short and non-descript answers are typically voted down while lengthy and elaborate answers are voted up, this causes most questions to have really good answers as the feature and many more as additional answers. Google really loves indexing Quora content and it becoming a go to resource for finding answers to questions already asked and making up your own questions to get answers on.
Pinterest.com leverages a khan-ban board style interface to organize one’s thoughts, desires and collections of pictures or videos. Then you can share that content with other users and gain followers. Pinterest is very popular with female users (as they tend to think more visually). Pinterest has become a powerful tool for correlating images to # (hastags) as well.
Xing.com is a business networking site for disocovering corporate jobs, news and events and for networking with other business people you likely already know. It is a more niche and more limited version of Linkedin.
Hi5.com is the social network for meeting new people primarily around dating vs friends. It was another large network in the myspace days, now it seems to be small like the average low volume dating site.
Rabb.it is for co-watching streams with friends and chatting about it while you are watching. Rabbit is trying to make watching more social and more interactive.
Lofter.com brings together photographers, film players, painters and anime enthusiasts, and continues to generate more circles of interest, from design, art, technology, fashion, travel, reading, and film reviews. Content continues to be produced.
Snapchat.com is one of the primary peer to peer chatting applications, it's trademark feature was dissappearing messages that another user could only view one time. Now thanks to Stories and other features some content is searchable and is a great way to find new friends.
Nextdoor.com is focused on local communities and the residents that occupy them, rather than having "Friends" all over the world you are only connected by your neighbors and neighborhoods which makes all posts and content extremely relevent to locals only. Fortunately they have launched communities all over the U.S. so almost anyone can be part of Nextdoor and find out what is happening in their own neighborhood.
Other notable soical sites included in search: Twoo.com, Socialblade.com, Tagged.com, Ameblo.jp, Zhihu.com, Weibo.com, Ok.ru, Vk.com
Medium.com is a largely intellectual social media company, users create long articles and receiving followers and claps from the publishing of the articles. Think of it as a twitter with extremely long tweets.
Linkedin.com the worlds largest business networking site for b2b scouting, transactions and news releases. Linkedin has become the largest job finding site as well and provides tremendous value to those in the digital realm not so much to traditional fields with a strong brick and mortar prescence.
Reddit.com is like a chatroom where every line is ranked. Users can contribute any type of content they would like into categorized reddits and the other users upvote or downvote those contributions. This makes for decent content production (entertainment or info value) and low quality is pushed to the bottom where only really deep dives would produce any views.
Instagram.com the most popular photo sharing application, where you get to stalk and see whoever or whatever you want (as long as its safe for work). Facebook owns it so they do moderate but it has the most users by far, multiple billions.
Twitter.com has become a political battleground mostly leveraged for complainers and news people. Other, regular people follow them to see what they have to scream about on a daily basis and then retweet it when they think its funny or worth noting. If it were not for cnn and fox Twitter would already be down to Myspace status.
Facebook.com we all know Facebook because whether or not we want to use it our friends and family are already on it and make it the only way to get invited to parties. Odds are, if you are not on facebook you are missing the parties you are invited to and have very few, if any, friends or family.