Google Follow Finder, the Newest Service From GoogleLabs

Posted by Mark Thompson - April 16, 2010 - Social Media - 5 Comments

Google just released a new Twitter application called Google Follow Finder, that allows you to analyze a users following/followers to help you find people that you may be interested in following.  The service is actually very simple, just enter in a Twitter username and Follow Finder will analyze that profile and return suggested tweeps to follow.

Once the results are displayed you can easily start following them by clicking the blue button that says “Follow “@username” on Twitter”.  You can also hover over a persons Twitter handle and it will display their profile, latest tweet and number of tweets/following/followers.

Overall it seems like the service is pulling in very relevant Twitter users, but there are still some design bugs that I think it needs to work out.  Overall a great tool for finding relevant Twitter users to connect with.

Try out Google Follow Finder!

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4 comments
Sai Krishna
Sai Krishna

Looks like a move to help more twitter popular thereby making a move to down facebook less friendly. Facebook has denied Google a share for facebook and gave the share, recently with Microsoft which was in news.

David Iwanow
David Iwanow

@Mark thank you,So with the trend to reduce the amount of people you are following, it would be more useful if they built a tool how you could refine/improve your list by flagging accounts you should consider not following. I would see a better unfollow tool as more useful, that could do some analysis based of Klout or another score to advise who you should drop based on the following#frequency of tweets#do their followers RT#do they engage RT your tweets#do they engage by mentions @you#is it a bot/spam account

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

David, Thanks for the honest comments. I agree that their are definitely are some things Google could do to improve the relevancy of the tool, however I liked the overall concept. From the searches I ran I would say 1/2 of the results were actually people that I would enjoy following.I guess we will wait 3-6 months to see if Google will work on provide more relevant results.

David Iwanow
David Iwanow

hmm.... seems more useful to spammers to be able to find accounts that you want to emulate/duplicate a similar follower base....the test i did came up with using my agency account showed some accounts ive followed in the past and no longer follow because their tweets are of no relevance. It suggests following local australian comedians... i mean whats that got in common with marketing, analytics and seo? The people who have similar follower lists is quite interesting, so maybe give it 4 out of 10...To test it further i used my personal account that only has a few followers, and it suggested the same list that my agency account had similarities... so now maybe 2 out of 10

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