When it come to social media, people on the net tend to congregate around things they are interested in. To find out who is congregating around the topics you want to discuss, and get more involved, you need to first find them. Once you find some popular blogs you like the look of, check out their blogroll to help source other similar blogs. Here are a few sites that makes finding similar blogs even easy.
Social Mention: a search engine that takes your query and focuses on the blogosphere and the social media world, including bookmarks, comments, twitter and other social Web pages to find information you might not be able to find in more general search engines. (http://www.socialmention.com/ or click the logo to go there)
How it works: simply type in your search phrase, and select where you want to search, or leave it at All.
Why use this site: it’s an easy way to find fresh information on your topic across other blogs and web pages. You can also set up social media alerts that will be emailed to you when your search terms show up on over eighty social media sites.
Overall: I find this site is great for keep track of something like a book you’ve published, to see who is talking about it. How similar books are performing. Who is talking about topics close to your heart, and gives you a chance to get involved.
Google Blogs: this is pretty straight forward. A search engine focusing on blogs. Means it cuts out a lot of the useless things that usually turns up doing a normal search on google. (click on the logo to go there)
Overall: I really like this. Will be using it regularly for my searches.
Tweepz: the whitepages of twitter. This site lets you search for any topic, and it will retrieve anyone who is related to that topic you searched from twitter. Searches for twitter accounts based on names, locations and keywords. (click the logo to go there)
How it works: use it as a search tool.
Why use this site: it quickly tracks down anyone on twitter who shares the same interest as you. I just searched ‘norse mythology’ and came up with a list of new people who also love the topic.
Overall: I can see myself falling in love with this. Each time I want to search something, it’s worth seeing who is talking about it in twitter as well.
Next week I’ll be back with more social media tips.
How do you find similar blogs / sites with the same interests as yours?
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