TwitVid gets a real-time search engine, analytics

Twitter video host TwitVid finally has a search engine that pulls in results in real time. The service is also now offering its users a way to see who is watching their videos.

TwitVid, a free video host for Twitter, is launching two new, useful features on Monday. The first is a real-time search engine that will let users sort through videos both on TwitVid and YouTube. The other is an analytics engine that lets video owners know more about who is watching their uploaded clips, and where they're from.

Between the two, TwitVid and Twitter users are likely to get more utility out of the new search engine. Similar to what OneRiot has done with its own real-time search engine, TwitVid's approach takes into account how fresh the video is, along with whether it's been popular on social sites. Recently popular videos then get better real estate on the results pages. It's a big step up for TwitVid users, who up until Monday had no way to search through videos other users had uploaded on the site.

As for the new analytics tools, TwitVid breaks down some very basic information, including when people were watching your video. This is charted out down to the hour, day, week, month, and the total lifetime of that video. The service also shows where your viewers are coming from--or at least the top 10 locations. Included as part of that list are links to the top referrers, which can show you if your video got picked up somewhere.

TwitVid made its debut in March and competes with (not .com), TwitLens, Twiddeo, Twitc, Posterous, and Tweetube--just to name a few.

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The new analytics features let video owners see where their videos are being played as well as information on the people watching them. TwitVid / CNET