Tinker.com is a microblogging site and search engine that allows users to discover and join the top news stories on Twitter and Facebook. Users can search for and follow a stream, a topic or a user on the site. All of the user's Twitter information is displayed on the user's page on the site, and the user can issue Twitter updates directly from the site. Rather than following individuals, the site allows users to follow a particular stream or topic. The site can be browsed for the top stories as well. Categories include Live, which features a different hot topic each day, News, Events, Topics, Trends and People. Users can also use the Create page to create a stream on Tinker.
Users can also follow other Tinker users. This will show their stream of activity on Twitter as well as Tinker. The site makes available a widget that can be embedded on the user's website, which allows visitors to deliver Twitter updates directly from the user's site. The widget also displays the user's activity stream on Tinker. The site is very useful for creating an event stream for an event, such as a new website launch or the introduction of a new product. Or the event could be a news item or topic.Show more screenshots »
Tinker.com was launched in February 2009 and has undergone steady growth since launch. The site currently serves hundreds of thousands of unique monthly visitors. The site has an Alexa page rank near the 25,000 mark worldwide and near the 10,000 mark in the US. The site also offers a special microblogging platform for journalists, writers, publishers and others. In addition, the site offers a content publishers service which allows for the monetization of the publisher's microblogging stream.
Competition to Tinker comes from sites such as Samepoint.com and OneRiot. Both of these sites offers search engines that search the major social networking sites. Neither site goes as far as Tinker, however, in allowing users to follow a stream or a topic. Searches must be conducted manually. Tinker automates the process by continuing to follow the topic or stream. In addition, Google has announced that they will be introducing a social search engine, but details of its final form are not yet available.
The home page of the site features a large search bar, as well as a top menu bar showing the various categories. The site is quite responsive, and search results are returned in a matter of few seconds. The site integrates with Twitter well, and Twitter updates and messaging worked seamlessly from the Tinker.com site. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration is not required to conduct a search on Tinker. Registration is required in order to follow a stream or topic and to integrate with Twitter. The registration process asks for email address, first and last name, password, date of birth, and Twitter username and password for Twitter integration.
There is no premium membership offered to the site, although the site does offer microblogging and monetization programs for web authors and content publishers.
The Tinker.com site is recommended to users who belong to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks who would like to follow particular streams, topics, news or trends. The site makes it easy to do this, since the user does not have to conduct a new search whenever they want an update. The ability to create streams should also be of interest to website owners of all types, for website launches, introduction of new products, or announcement of new content posted on their sites.