Bing to index prominent Twitter users as Microsoft develops real-time search

Filed as News on July 3, 2009 2:16 pm

While Google may be looking into making Twitter searchable, Microsoft has already started implementing its own real-time search into Bing.

At present it’s a fairly limited offering, indexing “some of the more prominent and prolific Twitterers from a variety of spheres”.

It seems that you can only search for the latest tweets from certain people who have been indexed, using syntax such as “[name] Twitter” or “[name] Tweets” or “@[name]”.

As a concept, it’s a good start though I’m not interested in using any search engine to find anyone’s latest tweets — I use Twitter or one of its desktop clients for that.

What I’d like to see is Twitter results integrated into regular searches.

Perhaps if I search for information on someone who has a Twitter account, it could return their latest tweets in a results pane alongside web pages, images, video etc.

If I search for information on a topic, it could tell me who the prominent people to follow on Twitter are and who most recently tweeted on that topic.

I can do this from Twitter’s own search page, but I think the job of a good search engine is the aggregation and filtering of information from a variety of sources.

I don’t want another way to search Twitter. I want a way to integrate Twitter into the wider web.

I’m sure it’s coming, but who’ll get there first? Even if it’s Bing, current market share dictates that only when Google jumps on board will Twitter search and integration become really big news.

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  1. By Bengt posted on July 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm
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    You write “What I’d like to see is Twitter results integrated into regular searches.”

    There is a Greasemonkey script that lets you do that:
    http://btwendel.com/notes/combine-search-in-twitter-and-google

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  2. By rahul posted on July 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm
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  3. By Twitter Directory 2000 posted on July 4, 2009 at 5:43 am
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    How much of bings choice was usefulness of organic search results or just trying to stay cool!

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  4. By Travel Blog posted on July 8, 2009 at 11:36 am
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    For the first time Microsoft is ahead of Google in search engine innovation by adding Twitter in results. This would be great for Bing which is already gaining on Google. Basic fact is that Microsoft has scared Google by Bing – The next Big Thing.

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  5. By Tom posted on January 10, 2010 at 1:20 am
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    i am a user of Microsofts BING search engine and it is as good as google search. for searching blogs, i think google gives more relevant search results compared bing.

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  6. By Jennifer Powell posted on September 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm
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    i would have to say that Google is slightly better than Bing search engine,-,

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  7. By Eating Disorders Treatment  posted on October 18, 2010 at 3:50 am
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    the bing search engine seems to be a great competition to google,`’

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