Instead of crawling and indexing the entire Internet Google-style, OneRiot indexes web pages that are shared on Twitter and Digg, and uses the number of shares of a URL to determine how high it will rank in the search results. As a news article, blog post, or video gets passed around, it gains search relevance. OneRiot’s relevance algorithm has 26 parameters by which it determines a link’s importance. Most important is the sheer number of links to a URL, and the “velocity” — how fast the number of links to a URL has climbed within the past two minutes.This is all done in realtime. Content is indexed within 35 seconds.
OneRiot has an API and partnership program for adding realtime search capabilities to browser add-ons, desktop applications, social websites and other services.
OneRiot was launched in November 2008 Previously, OneRiot marketed the service as a browser extension called Me.dium that allowed users to socially browse the web and communicate with others in realtime.
In the media
According to TechCrunch, "Real-time content search is more valuable than real-time conversation search because conversational search is too easy to spam...OneRiot is looking at the content of the links and can pull out any that it thinks are spam.
CNN wrote "New Search Engines Aspire to Supplement Google" and included OneRiot.
A May 2009 article on Mashable writes, "We’re hard-pressed to think of another social search service that can compete at the same level [as OneRiot]."
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