Scoopler.com is a real-time search engine that searches the information being shared on the Internet by the major social networking sites. Scoopler conducts a real-time search of the updates coming from Twittr, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and others. The search results page is divided into three sections – Live, Hot Topics and Popular. Live shows the very latest results for the search term entered. Hot Topics lists the overall most active searches being conducted on the site. Popular returns the most popular results on the topic the user searched. Search results are shown in list form, and include the username of the person who shared the information, a link to the page they are sharing, and where they shared it (i.e. Digg, Delicious, etc.) For each search result users have the option to Peek or Share. Peek pops up a window in the user’s browser showing an almost full-size preview of the page being shared. Share allows the user to share the link on any of over 70 social networking sites. Clicking on the link in the search results will take the user to the page that is being shared. The Live search results continue to update in real time as long as the search results page is being shown, so users can see content as it is being shared. The Popular section also has a filter that allows the user to view the Popular results by All Content, Videos, Links and Images.Show more screenshots »
Scoopler.com was created by A.J. Asver and Dilan Jayawardane and launched into public beta in May 2009. A.J. Asver is currently CEO of the company, while Dilan Jayawardane is CTO. The company is based in San Francisco and London. Scoopler.com was shut down in October 2010. The founders launched JustSpotted.com where users can track celebrities in real time.
Competition to Scoopler comes from Collecta and CrowdEye. The Collecta site simply returns a list of Live search results, and does not give a list of the most active overall or the most popular results for the search term. Collecta has a smaller userbase than Scoopler. CrowdEye tracks results only on Twittr, and gives a real-time indication of activity for the search term on the Twittr site. CrowdEye also shows the Top Hash Tags from Twittr as well as the most popular words related to the search term. The CrowdEye results do not continue to update in real time – the results page is static.
The Scoopler site has a very Web 2.0 look and feel. The home page is dominated by a search bar, with links to the 5 current hottest topics. The site is very responsive and the results are returned in surprisingly little time for a real-time search. A given search at a given time can take as long as 10 seconds, however, depending on the activity on the site and the activity for the search term. The Peek and Share functions work quickly and seamlessly. Navigation of the site is intuitive. There is no advertising displayed on the Scoopler site.
No registration to the Scoopler site is required or offered to use the site. Users simply type their search term in the search bar.
There is no premium membership offered to the site. Since there is no advertising displayed, it is unclear what the profit model is for the site.
Scoopler is aimed at people who are searching for eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from current events, and links to the hottest memes of the day.