Google and Twitter

A question was raised about Google’s ability to broadcast Twitter-like info. Should Google & other search engines take on this role? The idea behind news tweets is instantaneous info (reports while an event is happening). If Google were to take on this role, should this info be included in the search results? Can the technology weed out the majority of the info to pull out the truth from false? Can it establish ways to judge posts and authors’ credibility?

Google’s technology could handle this role for the most part (and it already does to some extent by indexing current content nearly every second), but it is not consistent with every web site (news pages naturally have priority). But how do you weed out the treasure truths from the garbage within a fraction of a second? Its like searching for a needle in a haystack.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 15, 2009, in Google, Technology, Twitter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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