The best FREE tools for finding influencers!

  • Addict-o-matic produces a a consolidated page with search matches across blogs, Twitter, and more.
  • Alltop is an online magazine rack where you can find influential bloggers listed by specific subject and topics.
  • Blogpulse is an automated trend discovery system for blogs. It analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere.
  • Boardreader is a search engine for forums good for fast quality searches you install for your own forum.
  • Buzzstream helps you create a handy dossier about your influencers.
  • Dailylife lets you search news and editorial commentary for influencers in traditional media.
  • Facebook has its  “search” function — so you can identify topics and the people posting about them.
  • Google is still the best free tool for finding influencers, especially after the launch of  Google Blog searchGoogle Realtime search and their “Discussion” search option.
  • HubSpot Twitter grader –lets you compare the effectiveness of a Twitter profile versus any number of othersmillions of others.
  • IceRocket searches social networking sites and blogs to find influencers and online posters who converse, upload, etc., about a given brand.
  • Klout is easily the most respected measure of Twitter influence,allowing users to track the impact of their opinions, links and recommendations.
  • Lijit lets you build relationships with online influencers and connect with their audiences.
  • MentionMap is a visualiser allowing you to quickly assess the most influential people on Twitter.
  • Monitter lets you, well, monitor Twitter for keywords, phrases and topics that are being discussed online.
  • ObjectiveMarketer helps you identify your influencers/amplifiers across various social media platforms.
  • PeerIndex helps discover authorities and opinion formers on any given subject.
  • PostRank analytics lets you discover those influencers and identify which social networks give you most bang for your effort by benchmarking you against the competition.
  • Pulse of the Tweeters uses data mining and sentiment analysis to mine millions of tweets and find the most influential people on Twitter.
  • Socialmention features an interesting combination of metrics including reach, sentiment, passion, and strength for blogs, Twitter, news, images, video, and audio.
  • Social Profile keeps you informed of other peoples’ activity in the social web.
  • Social Seek helps you find out who is making the most noise about your brand.
  • Technorati is considered to be the leading blog search engine, useful for finding influential blogs.
  • TipTop searches for current trends and topics of interest.
  • TouchGraph delploys interactive graphs to help visualise links and enable mind mapping.
  • Trendistic can help you find out the what the most influential topics of discussion are on Twitter.
  • Tribe Monitor measures presence across multiple social media platforms.
  • Twazzup is real-time news based on Twitter, top links etc.
  • Tweetlevel measures an individual’s importance on Twitter.
  • Twendz helps  see who your influencers are on Twitter.
  • Twitalyzer looking at Twitter-based influence, impact and engagement.
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