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Qwerly

Social Web Mining Application


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Published 10/31/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Social networking is a big thing these days, and sites like Twitter have become hugely popular. Qwerly taps into that popularity by giving users a more specific way to find the people they know (or would like to know) online. The site bases its search around Twitter users. A visitor can go to Qwerly and enter a Twitter username of someone they are looking for. Qwerly will search for that user across the many other popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, FourSquare, LinkedIn, Plancast and many others. The search will present the Twitter user’s other profiles from these sites. Qwerly will also log the search so it is indexed.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Founded in June of 2010, Qwerly is based out of London. The founder, Maximilian Niederhofer, wanted to create an easier way for users to find one another online. The site has grown significantly since it was first introduced to the internet. Today, Qwerly has indexed over one million profiles. With each new search, that number will continue to grow.

What are the differences to other apps?

Anyone can hop from one social networking website to the next, hunting down a user that they knew from another site. This can take time and effort that many users do not have. Qwerly makes it simple and fast to track down all profiles associated with a specific user. By focusing on Twitter, Qwerly can branch out to locate all of the user’s accounts and present them to the interested party to add as a friend or follow.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Qwerly has a unique website design that is also very simple. The background consists of what appears to be fog covered hills or waves that roll on forever, deepened by a grey sky. The look seems to speak volumes about the vast number of social networking websites and profiles each contains. Right at the center of the homepage is the search tool, which is the main purpose of Qwerly. Users can quickly visit the site, enter a Twitter username and start searching in seconds.

How does the registration process work?

An account is not required to perform a Qwerly search; however users can log in using an existing Twitter account. The login button can be found in blue directly below the search bar, highlighted by the familiar Twitter icon. Users without a Twitter account cannot login, although this is really not a bad thing since logging in is not required to use the site.

What does it cost to use the application?

Qwerly does not really offer any service that would be worth paying for. Visitors do not have to login to search, either. The site is totally free, and rightfully so. In order to justify a subscription fee or other payment, Qwerly would have to offer up some serious additional features. For now, Qwerly is available to anyone at the perfect price: free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone searching for someone through social networking sites can get a lot of use out of Qwerly. Users can find people they know, people they would like to know, and famous individuals using the search feature. The search is also very easy to use and readily accessible on the homepage. The no login requirement makes Qwerly even more enticing. Even a user with minimal internet experience and no social networking knowledge can quickly enter a username and find someone on many other social networking websites thanks to Qwerly.

  • Search for social networking profiles using a Twitter username
  • Login to Qwerly using an existing Twitter account
  • Find famous people’s profiles through Qwerly
  • Check out the suggested list of searches after a failed search
  • Connect to Qwerly through Facebook


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