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Twitter and Yandex Team Up For Real Time Search

 4:09 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Twitter and Yandex Team Up For Real Time Search
Twitter and Russian search engine Yandex have agreed a partnership that will allow Yandex to show new tweets in its search results almost instantly, as Twitter becomes an increasingly important source of real-time information.

Twitter will give Yandex access to its so-called firehose of all public tweets, the two companies said on Tuesday, in an agreement similar to the one the social short-messaging site has with Microsoft's search engine, Bing.

"We wanted to make sure that Twitter content can be where Twitter users are already going," Twitter's director of business development, April Underwood, told Reuters by phone. "Discovery through search is so important."



 5:43 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Good for them. I guess 2.8% of searchers is a start.


 10:54 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

Good for them. I guess 2.8% of searchers is a start.

That's not what the article stated. It stated that Alexa data was used to come up with the numbers. Alexa isn't accurate nor it is representative of search engine usage statistics. Don't forget that Alexa users have their browser's default search engine hijacked and it remains so even if uninstalled. Alexa statistics are also a little bit skewed towards webmasters who have the Alexa toolbar installed.

On a more serious and fact-based note, this is good news! I find Yandex (in English) interesting. It is a little rough around the edges, but if their direct/indirect involvement with Blekko means anything, the landscape of the Internet might change. Remember that Google became known after their partnership with Yahoo!


 12:43 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

I find Yandex (in English) interesting.

I've used it a few times recently. The results page is nice and restful. It's just got, uh, results ;)

Incidentally, their Webmaster Tools has a nice feature. They list all your indexed pages by name, so you don't have to figure out what they missed. The whole list shows up right away, even if you've just that moment signed up. (If you combined the best features of all the search engines' webmaster tools, you would probably come out with a single handsome application. My favorite Bing feature is the error-type breakdown.) Excluding, of course, the four pages in Unsupported Languages.

JAB Creations

 1:08 pm on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

I started using Yandex as my primary search engine ever since Google decided to anonymize referrers, that space-rocketed past the line as far as I'm concerned. Yandex may be a little rough around the edges though it gets the job done most of the time.

- John


 1:35 pm on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

It's great to see companies such as Twitter favouring the 'smaller' search engines rather than automatically going straight to Google. Sorry Google, but I love and hate you at the same time.

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