Thanks to services like Twitter and Instagram, and the global âsmartphone saturationâ phenomenon, live reporting from big events has never been easier.
No longer do we have to rely on professionals to deliver content and images from these events, we have our extended social networks doing this for us.Â And, because so many of these updates get fired into the âpublicâ timeline, virtually any update from anywhere can be found and shared in a matter of seconds.
But, with all of this content creation happening, who is making sense of it, giving it some order and structure?Â You, of course.Â But, while weâve taken to âleisurelyâ content curation on platforms like Pinterest, âreal-time content curationâ hasnât been embraced with the same passion.
With the London Olympics on our doorstep, expect to see âreal-time photo curationâ explode into popularity and weâve got some tools to help you be at the forefront of this revolution.
10 âreal-timeâ photo search engines
1.Â NachoPhoto.comÂ â If you conduct your own search for âreal-time photo search enginesâ this is likely to appear pretty high, even though it doesnât appear to be promoted as heavily as it was about 12 months ago. Take a look at the example âLeBronâ (LeBron James) search as an example of the results you get back. NachoPhoto combines âprofessionalâ potography with âuser-generatedâ results better than anyone else out there.
2. Skylin.es â This service takes most of its results from the public Twitter timeline and allows you to pick and choose the best user-generated photos being published in real-time. It also gives you the ability to narrow these results down by location. Boom!
3. Twitcaps.com â If you are after the best of Twitter and Instagram, then Twitcaps is the service for you. While the interface is a little rough around the edges, it delivers a true real-time photo discovery experience.
4. PicFog.comÂ â The unique element of PicFog is its minute-by-minute time-stamping functionality, letting you know exactly when each image was uploaded. This can give you and your curation efforts a big competitive advantage.
5. Twicsy.comÂ â One of the best Twitter pics search engines, Twicsy offers a handy âin the last hourâ search filter which can help hugely in your real-time curation efforts. You can even get your hands on pre-set widgets which will serve up images from specific user accounts in real-time.
Best of the rest
Here are five other options we recommend checking out:
6. Topsy Image SearchÂ â The image-specific section of the popular Twitter search engine.
7. Hashalbum.comÂ â Real-time discovery of âhashtaggedâ images.
8. TwiPho.netÂ â Aggregates images from the major real-time networks in an easy-to-navigate manner.
9.Â Flickr Latest Photos SearchÂ â A âhiddenâ search option but one worth bookmarking for Flickr image searches.
10.Â Social Mention Photo SearchÂ â SocialMention.com is one of the worldâs most popular general social media search tools but not many people are aware of its real-time image search function. Simply head to the homepage, search in âimagesâ only and then sort by âlast hourâ uploads and voila!
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