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New App For Searching Social Media

Banjo, The Social Media Searcher 

So the holidays are over and we’re all now sitting back at our desks. If, like me, you’re spending a considerable amount of time worrying over what you got up to at New Years and if your face is now scrawled across social media in different forms of embarrassment you’ll be able to find out thanks to this new app.

The app ‘Banjo’ uses geotagging to track and note where different social media posts are made. So, for example, if on New Year’s Eve you remember being in a certain area (the search areas can be broad, so don’t worry if you’re still a bit hazy) all you have to do is punch the area into the app and it’ll search all the social media posts that were made in that area.

Now that’s pretty useful even if aren't trying to cover your shamefully drunken tracks.

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All you need to do is download Banjo, log in with your Facebook or Twitter account and then you’re good to go. You’ll be able to search for any trending events and where they've been posted and you’ll also be able to search for all social media posts coming from a certain area as well.

Trending events will just show you what areas certain things are trending in whereas searching via area will show you what people are posting about and where they are posting it. The map will even pop up with links you can follow to the posts themselves.

I’m not sure when all this social media search craze becomes a bit too creepy, but I think for now this new app isn't too bad. Banjo’s engine could also prove invaluable for marketing companies to help pinpoint key times and locations to push certain products and campaigns.
As well as Facebook and Twitter, Banjo also supports all the other social heavyweights such as Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Foursquare.

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Banjo describes itself as: ‘…the world’s largest collection of social signals organized by time, location and content. We index and curate breaking news and events faster than any organization on the planet so that you have an all-access pass to anything, anywhere. Browse music, sports, breaking news, and more to explore real-time posts from the people who are there, seeing it live. Picture the internet as a live feed; that’s Banjo.’

Also, if you’re having the normal worries of your privacy and what this new invasive app means to personal freedoms Banjo assures us that they've taken that into consideration.

‘Banjo understands that no matter how cool our app is, we can’t talk location without talking privacy. So, we have vowed from day one to make user privacy our #1 priority. Banjo promises to never share your location without your express consent (e.g. geotagging your social posts). If you have any feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out.’

Let’s hope that they can hold true with this.

Either way, this app isn't a bad little idea and I think that it has a lot of potential if they can refine the functions of it just a tad. As it stands now, it does feel a bit clunky and slow even on the newer smartphones.

But hey, it’s still in beta so there’s plenty of time for it to improve. 


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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New App For Searching Social Media Reviewed by Tom Welby on Monday, January 05, 2015 Rating: 5
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