Tweets Begin to Appear on Search Engines

It did not take long to include tweets into “mainstream” search engines. By mainstream, I mean among the most widely used search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft’s new Bing.

Of these, Microsoft’s Bing is the first search engine to include tweets, although it will be mainly limited to “popular” Twitter users; in other words, it will attempt to focus on the primary sources of info opposed to the general public. For example, Twitter accounts of celebrities & journalists will be culled for new posts every 60 seconds. Other search engines only provide links to an individual’s Twitter account instead of posting the actual content.

From one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that Google had the ability to index tweets under a minute. From various sources, I gather that Google will head in a similar direction as Bing, perhaps highlighting tweets in its results.

It will be interesting to see how these two search engines incorporate this medium, especially since this info is largely straight from the horse’s mouth (both current & direct). Microsoft currently has the upper hand in this category.

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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 July 2, 2009, in Microsoft, Technology, Twitter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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