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Yahoo Adds Twitter Feeds

 12:54 pm on Feb 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yahoo Adds Twitter Feeds [yhoo.client.shareholder.com]
As part of its ongoing commitment to be the center of people's online lives, Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced a global partnership with Twitter to integrate Twitter's real-time social experiences with more than 600 million people in Yahoo!'s global network. The integration is part of Yahoo!'s commitment to provide personally relevant information to people, from sources across the Web.

This partnership includes three primary elements:

1) People will be able to access their personal Twitter feeds across Yahoo!'s many products and properties, including the homepage, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Sports, and others, letting them check in more easily on what's happening with the people and things they care about while on Yahoo!.

2) People will be able to update their Twitter status and share content from Yahoo! in their Twitter stream, so they can easily share their Yahoo! experiences with their friends and followers on Twitter.

3) Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! media properties like News, Finance, Entertainment, and Sports will include real-time public Twitter updates across a variety of topics. Yahoo! Search users will immediately see real-time Twitter results today; go to Yahoo! and try it out.



 4:20 pm on Feb 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is getting stupid now. I can see some good stuff coming from twitter like emergency stuff, news of world events and so forth, but these tweets may account for only .00001 of all tweets. The rest are IMO complete garbage.


 5:44 pm on Feb 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

I can see some good stuff coming from twitter like emergency stuff, news of world events and so forth

It's a bit more than just vital information. There are some good links and resources to be found on twitter--similar to digg, but let clutter (and requires more searching).

I do agree with the content on twitter being mostly junk. In fact, one of the most lauded users, Guy Kawasaki, supplies his followers with mostly link spam to his own site(s)--this is done through ghost-tweeters.

I followed Kawasaki when I first signed up with twitter, and once I realized (pretty quickly) that most of the tweets coming from his account were links to his own site, I unfollowed him, and sent a @ message to a friend of mine about how Kawasaki was sending out spam (as far as I was concerned); within minutes I had a direct (upset) message from his account (no way of knowing if it was him), saying that he was not spamming and the proof was that he had so many followers. I chuckled and move on.

Talk about going off-topic. :)


 11:56 pm on Feb 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Isn't there a model to perhaps make Premium Tweets or Authority Tweets? I agree most of the tweets are junk but there are gems, especially breaking news from around the world that keep beating traditional media.


 12:48 am on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Surely the great advantage with Twitter (as with RSS) is that there is effectively zero spam?

You only tune in to what you want to listen to (as with Radio, as with television).

Everything else... can't reach you.


 5:30 am on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

today announced a global partnership with Twitter

I'm not onboard with the movement that considers Twitter an ultimate site or tool, to me it's trivial and a waste of time, but I had a first happen to me as a webmaster so this announcement is not all that surprising to me.

I launched a new site several weeks ago, I signed up the name of the site as a twitter account and then turned on Feedburner's rss "publish to twitter" feature. I had no intention of logging onto the twitter account again and I tossed it into one of the many "instant twitter friends" lists to get it 1000 friends fast (shows how little I value twitter right now, I know, but search is looking in there and so I must too).

a STRANGE thing happened next, each and every article I wrote that got posted to twitter has gone to #1 on yahoo for its main term and several sub-keywords. I'm getting 1000x more traffic from Yahoo search than I am Google search right now. Bing hasn't even figured out the site exists, Google was lighting fast but Yahoo! is giving it top marks on every single article which is not how I'm used to the big 3 working.

I'll post an article tonight with the twitter feed turned off to see if it receives the same treatment.


 12:40 am on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Surely the great advantage with Twitter (as with RSS) is that there is effectively zero spam?

Plenty of spam in there as they figure out how to do it.

I have a question though. I'm fairly active on twitter, but for the life of me I can't figure out WHY I would want to search on twitter for something, as a user? I just don't get it, and I don't want my search results full of twitter 140 character stuff, or even links. Same for other social media platforms.


 12:35 pm on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

for the life of me I can't figure out WHY I would want to search on twitter for something, as a user?

I cant figure this out either. I am also very active on twitter and the only time I actually use its search function is so that I can engage in conversations about specific topics i.e. seo.

Now take a non twitter and feed them tweet results. They will become confused very fast and may take them a few days or even weeks to understand what they are looking at. Heck, even I get confused reading tweets from the people I follow and have even been caught out with links some have posted.

Twitter in the search results? No thank you, keep it simple!


 8:36 pm on Feb 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

I am barely active on Facebook and even less on Twitter. In fact, I can't stand using them especially Twitter.

I've subscribed to a few folks on Twitter but, in my niche, so many continually churn out a stream of ad-like chatter. The Tweets (or whatever you call them) appear so often that it seems like the entire process is automated. I can't stand it.

So, am I committing a cardinal sin? Will my site suffer because I'm not active on these social networks?

I don't sell things; my site is educational. Most of my traffic comes from Google and Bing searches.

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