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Google/Twitter Integration Goes Live

 10:44 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

When I search for a two-word phrase that's currently widely discussed in the news, I see dynamic Twitter.com results after the first few results. This is the first time I've seen this in the Google SERPs. Wonder if this means you can get in the top 10 in minutes now - only problem being that you have to post every minute to stay there.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 2:02 am (utc) on Dec. 11, 2009]


Robert Charlton

 2:39 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

It's a scrolling list of some sort, in roughly the #4 position, with the anchor text "Latest results for [hot phrase]" and a "Pause" link.

When you click on "Latest results for [hot phrase]" link, it opens another page, the first line of which says:

"New results will appear below as they become available"... and a link to "Stop updating".

They keep scrolling vertically as each new result appears. Very impressive... definitely eye-catching.


 2:40 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Oh, dear. A live spam feed right there in Google SERPs.



 2:52 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I did a search for a popular athlete and I saw exactly what Robert is saying.

It is nice to see the results that you ususally see in the SERP as well as results that are continuously moving.

It looks kind of cool.


 3:15 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Money can't buy you brains, and it certainly can't buy you taste.

What an idiotic addition.

Until Google gets some real competition, they'll figure they can continue to crap on their own results. I suppose they figure most people won't pay any attention, and the results are still there, which is true, but good lord... Google looks more and more like MySpace every day.


 6:16 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

this was announced monday:
Google Announces Real Time Search [webmasterworld.com]

it isn't precisely google/twitter integration since it includes news and other links but it has been easily spammed using twitter during the past few days.
(purely for academic reasons of course)

almighty monkey

 9:12 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Somewhere, a botnet owner has just seen dollar signs.

I can see the use for the technology, but I would really limit it to being an extension of Google News only - sort of a 'live headlines' feature. That Twitter link is going to get abused beyond all recognition.


 9:50 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Its a good source of Tiger Woods jokes!

PS It is quite funny if you search for Bing.


 10:27 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Never thought I'd see the day when a regular old website was reduced to a dinosaur.

This is good and bad: good in that it currently separates traffic that is effectively killing time with current junk events but bad in that it's the way forward for SE's...I think this is just the beginning of SEs transitioning from their traditional roles to aggregators of current events, news, opinion, etc. of big brands and in the process pushing down other websites.

Time to begin tweeting, ughhh.


 10:35 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

hmmm, looks like twitter is having issues with this intergration...it's down for me.


 10:47 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

yes twitter was done yesterday as well around 11:00 PST stating:

"Too many tweets! Please wait for a moment and try again."


 7:39 pm on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just saw the same today! its pretty interesting...


 10:51 pm on Dec 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

I can see it for Tiger Woods, but lots of spam-loving phrases that I tried do not show a Twitter stream. For some words in Twitter's trending Topics I can see it.


 8:56 am on Dec 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

[quote"]Too many tweets! Please wait for a moment and try again."[/quote]
How's that for the tail wagging the dog?

Just tried a few popular phrases. It's about half way down the page for me. Quite impressive watching it happen, but most of the Tweets are rubbish.

Some people are posting links, but most tweets are either

"Woke up thinking about *" or "Had * for breakfast - yummy!"


"@aperson - yes I agree about *"

How is that useful by any stretch of the imagination? So now instead of calling their friends to tell them they're on TV, people will be ringing them to tell them they're on Google.

Everyone can be famous for 15 seconds.


 9:47 am on Dec 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have my site uploading RSS updates to Twitter all day every day, I wonder if it will bring me any traffic. Probably not.


 10:32 am on Dec 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I cant believe Google has done this to their results. Dont they know that twitter is simply noise?

What I find crazy is that not everyone knows what twitter is or how to use it. In most cases people get confused when looking at tweets, I know I did when I first started using it.

It would be nice to have a enable/disable feature for tweets in the serps.


 1:33 pm on Dec 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I cant believe Google has done this to their results. Dont they know that twitter is simply noise?

Of course they do, but people seem to love Twitter for reasons I can't explain. Google is just giving the brain dead public what they want, more mindless noise.


 9:50 pm on Dec 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

< moved from another location >

I'm seeing results from Twitter in first place under news results on google uk for <a currently hot pop search>.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:06 pm (utc) on Dec. 20, 2009]
[edit reason] removed specific search terms [/edit]

Robert Charlton

 11:34 pm on Dec 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

That's interesting... to have scrolling Twitter results right under multiple news results at the top.

I removed the search terms because of Google Forum Charter [webmasterworld.com] provisions against specific search terms (and in this case I didn't think an exception was appropriate)... but I note in subsequent searches that the scrolling Twitter results have been shifted down to #4.

I see this shift down to #4 on multiple browsers, one of which flushes all cookies.

But... if I click the "Latest results for [search phrase]" link above the scrolling results (in the $4 position) and open a new page that's entirely scrolling, and I then click the "web" link in the upper left to return to the standard serps page, the scrolling results shift back to #1, under the News results at the top.


 5:59 am on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Some people are now seeing a Twitter search link in the "Searches related to" area. That would be an even further integration of Google and Twitter than the scrolling results box. I wonder what other ideas they might have in the idea box.

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