Real-time data is just an internet search away

Social media low-down is just an internet search away

Google: The Most Comprehensive Search Engine

In January 2015, web-analysis company ComScore, Inc. announced that Google Sites led desktop searches with 64.4 percent for internet search queries. To quote Ian Lurie, CEO of the internet marketing company Portent, “Google is very scary at this point as a controller of Web content.”

Yet Google searches are missing something important…

What About Real-Time Data?

In 2014 Google struck a deal with Twitter that put real-time tweets into Google’s search results. Below are two lawyers’ views about their law practices and Twitter:

I believe that Twitter is the most useful social media platform for attorneys. On a daily basis I utilize lists and hashtags to find new cases, timely articles, and interesting commentary on topics that are of interest to me. ~Ignatius Grande @igrande

Whether it is discussing late-breaking news, sharing a blog post about a hot legal issue or even group watching a tv show, Twitter is the best social media option for fast, responsive communication. ~ Jennifer Ellis @JLE_JD

Great, but outside of Twitter, what else does Google report instantly? Well, just about anything through social media search engines.

What’s a Social Media Search Engine?

Basically, it’s a program that searches for and identifies items in a database of user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events and so on.

That’s as technical as I’ll ever get, so let’s move on…

Lawyers + Social Media: A Win-Win

According to Social Times, 78 percent of lawyers rely on one or more social networks for professional purposes, the more prominent being attorneys in litigation, commercial law and employment/labor.

Lawyers can use real-time social media searches to:

  • Scan their presence on the Internet
  • Learn about recent developments in their area of the law
  • Mine information about witnesses, clients, prospective jurors and opponents for upcoming litigation
  • Find electronic evidence.

Let’s check out four of the best social media research tools.

Four Social Media Search Sites

My better half is an internet search ninja who forwarded me the following sites that offer real-time social media data and analytics:

SmashFuse: Immediate real-time results in social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and others. Easy-to-view layout with share buttons.

SocialMention: Real-time search in over a hundred media properties, from blogs to comments to images. It also provides social media analysis broken down by Strength, Sentiment, Passion, Reach, Top Users, Top Hashtags and Sources.

Social SearcherSearches content in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in real time. You can also sign up for “monitoring” that includes history, advanced analytics, increased email alerts and more.

Topsy: Real-time results and analytics for Twitter only. Search by links, tweets, photos and more. This search engine has been around since 2008 and is still going strong, unlike a few that fell by the wayside over the years.

Have a great weekend, Shaun

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Managing Partner at Shaun Kaufman Law
Shaun Kaufman has 30 years of in-court experience, with hundreds of hours spent defending numerous high-profile cases including homicide, white-collar theft and RICO offenses. Specialties: Criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, DUI.

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