Quixey, the nascent search engine for web and mobile applications backed by Eric Schmidt, is expanding its scope to include third-party Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps.
Now you can query Quixey with functional search terms describing what you want to do — “play word games,” “share my travels” or “list books I’ve read,” for instance. Quixey will then discover and unearth applications from across four of the top social application platforms.
“The functionality of social is limited to photos and status without easy access to apps,” says marketing director Julia Lipton. “App search opens a new world of functionality.”
Quixey snatches up information from forums, blogs, social media sites and additional sources to return and rank high-quality results for user queries.
Facebook has the largest repository of applications — more than 1 million by Quixey’s count. The startup believes that Facebook members aren’t using many of these applications simply because they aren’t aware they exist.
Quixey hopes to deliver a superior application discovery experience than offered by Facebook; the same holds true for Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare