Social Search - The Real Time People Web

Social Search - The Real Time People Web

Weak Signal's progress: advanced

This Weak Signal came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Weak Signal: 
Theme 8 - Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities

The sub-theme that best relates to this Weak Signal: 
Blue Sky Research on emerging issues and other research economies

When did the Weak Signal manifest ? 
2005-now

Weak Signal's description 
The amount of information being available on the web in real time explodes, especially since Facebook status updates and tweets on twitter. It is now possible to see what lots of people are talking about in real-time on the web. This enables the so-called „Social Search“. In contrast to web search, the Vark social search engine makes it possible to find a person who has the information you are looking for. How does it work? Online contents indicate the area of expertise of any given person (this can then also be used as a filter) and reveal their contact information. To use social search engines for posting questions is more effective then posting it in a specific forum, because the social search engine links more people at the same time and act as a kind of filter, posting the question only to those how might answer them. Advantage: The index of people is always up-to-date and has not to be managed in databases. With more people being online more often, the number of answers increases.