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Type of site
Realtime search
Available in English
Alexa rank Negative increase 3,170,814 (April 2014)[1]
Launched May 2008
Current status defunct

Surchur (pronounced sûrchûr – "searcher") was a realtime discovery and search engine launched on May 1, 2008. Surchur, located in Carnation, Washington, was privately held and self-funded.


Surchur,[2] the "dashboard to right now",[3] had two core features: discovery [4] and search.[5]

The realtime search engine used proprietary algorithms based on Twitter mentions, Facebook shares, diggs and votes by its users to normalize results and rank web pages popular in real time.[6] The results were organized in tabs based on their source: "popular" items were web pages most followed/voted by users, "blogs" were items pulled from the blogosphere, "social web" included diggs and tweets, "pictures" pulled from flickr and photobucket, "videos" from YouTube and Truveo, and "products" from and eBay. Surchur was used by some as an internet reputation management tool.[7]

The homepage displayed the Real Time Board, an algorithmically determined and ranked list of the most popular topics on the web.[8] The list was based on popular terms from search engines, news sites and social media and the ranking is based on the popularity across Surchur itself, the blogosphere and total tweets with the velocity of the popularity playing a crucial role.[9]

Since August 2012, the service has been "indefinitely paused".[10]

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  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Valenza, Joyce (August 19, 2009). "Surching with Surchur". School Library Journal. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Perez, Sarah (February 25, 2009). "Surchur relaunches their dashboard to the now". Readwrite. 
  4. ^ McGee, Matt (September 1, 2009). "Surchur: beyond real time search to real time discovery". Search Engine Land. 
  5. ^ "Surchur goes for 'social plus' after record month". Alt Search Engines. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on November 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Phil (February 24, 2009). "Surchur". Phil Bradley's weblog. 
  7. ^ "Free Internet Reputation Management Tool". It's All About Marketing. November 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ Lenssen, Philipp (March 25, 2009). "Surchur's dashboard-style results". Google Blogoscoped. 
  9. ^ MacDonald, Denice (November 2, 2009). "Follow real time search results with Surchur". MacDonald Consulting Services. 
  10. ^ Bradley, Phil (August 31, 2012). "Surchur closes". Phil Bradley's weblog. 

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