ttwick is a multisearch engine for social media content. It searches through a large number of sites, including Twitter, G+ Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube and Vimeo, with the option of searching other sites as well. It's fairly straightforward - just type in what you're interested in, and ttwick will present you with various options (when I searched for my name I was given alternatives such as Author, Actor, Baseball player, porn star etc) and it then attempts to pull up content for you.
You start with a nice little bar chart of where it's found material:
If you click on the options such as Twitter it opens a new tab and runs the search there for you. Alternatively you can click on a little right facing icon to move through results, but I found this on the whole to be very poor - it was a series of large blocky images that I wasn't able to move around, so there were results that I could just about peep at, but couldn't properly see, which was irritating. Moreover, there seemed to be little sense in the way it was pulling up content for me - material from Amazon books was mixed in with unrelated video for example. I also wasn't impressed with the fact that video started playing automatically - this isn't going to help in an open plan office!
They did have a heat map however, which was quite useful, showing me where people had an interest in the subject that I was researching, and tiny links through to people who were talking about it in social media environments, which I found less helpful.
Is it valuable? I'd have to say not really. Sure, it's a great way to bring varied content together in one place, but it does a terrible job of doing so. Search was also limited - while I could search for 'Phil Bradley' it completely refused to look for @philbradley for example. Not something I'll be using myself, but obviously try it out, and see if it works for you. You have to request access at the moment, but it only took a couple of minutes for me to get an invite. Oh, and you have to type in the password character by character, don't cut and paste, because it indicates that you've done something wrong with your email address - again, very sloppy and a poor implimentation.
(Oh, and if you're wondering the name “ttwick” is derived from putting a social media “twist” on a market “tick.”)