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10:17 am on Jul 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Bing Tests Real Time Twitter Search [bing.com]
Starting later today, when you search for these folks names in association with Twitter, you’ll see their latest Tweets come up in real time on Bing’s search results. For example, if you type “Kara Swisher Twitter” or “Kara Swisher Tweets” or even “@karaswisher” as your search query, you’ll see something like the below.

We’re not indexing all of Twitter at this time… just a small set of prominent and prolific Twitterers to start. We picked a few thousand people to start, based primarily on their follower count and volume of tweets.
10:34 am on July 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Nice move on Bing's part.. er, I guess anyway.

They're probably sitting around the 'plex going, "damn, why didn't we think of that."

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<quote>They're probably sitting around the 'plex going, "damn, why didn't we think of that." </quote>

OR

"That's a good idea!"

10:55 am on July 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Not going to serve mankind a great deal. Anyway, good for Bing since anything that's Twitter gets PRed into all possible forms of media possible and so it is going to be some free promotion for Bing, the search engine...
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If you wanted to find the latest tweets from a twit, would you not generally look them up on Twitter itself?

This is similar in context to the Google under attack by Micheal Jackson fans [webmasterworld.com] thread. In that scenario, people seeking news chose not their favourite or bookmarked news sites but a search engine instead as the source of up-to-date information.

Seems 'the world' increasingly thinks of and uses certain search engines as latter day oracles.

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It's about keeping the momentum behind the Bing.
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Everywhere you turn at the moment Twitter seems to be mentioned.

Good move by Bing, looks like Google were beaten to it on this one, doesn't happen very often!

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Don't worry, Google will do it only they will just start putting it in the search results without the word twitter and it mess up their results even more so than they have already done.

Bing does have momentum and if Google keeps doing what they are doing, Bing is also going to have a chunk of Googles searchers.

I switched after 10 years of being a Googleite and I've not missed them one bit. Bing has provided me what I'm looking for and more.

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Bing might be the first effort to give the big G a run for its money.

My wife checked out Bing yesterday, and she almost had a stroke when she saw the "play video on mouseover" feature. It is pretty neat.

With a solid ad campaign, they could shake up the SE world.

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My wife checked out Bing yesterday, and she almost had a stroke when she saw the "play video on mouseover" feature. It is pretty neat.

Neat, but isn't that blatant stealing of people's video content?

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Maybe it's a dumb question, but I tried to add Bing as my default search engine on Firefox and I just couldn't (probably I could but it would take me more than 5 minutes probably). I was surprised Firefox doesn't have Bing as one of default choices; they only have Yahoo.com, Amazon.com, ebay.com etc.
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fargo1999, at the bottom of FF's search drop-down is "Manage Search Engines..." and if you scroll down that page you'll see several plug-in choices for Bing.
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The funny thing is I have noticed myself using it more and more now since its launch. Those commercials have subliminally made me go "Bing!" in my head when thinking about search. Call me crazy but it's true. LOL.
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"Neat, but isn't that blatant stealing of people's video content? "

Youtube anyone? who owns that exactly?

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Bing might be the first effort to give the big G a run for its money....With a solid ad campaign, they could shake up the SE world.

It isn't happening yet, according to this article [businessweek.com] from PC World via Business Week.

Will a half-hearted knockoff of Twitter search be enough to catapult Bing past Google? Somehow I doubt it. Why would users go to Bing for a crippled version of Twitter search when they can go to Twitter for the real thing? (Side note: It's interesting that, on a Twitter user's home page, search is down at the bottom next to "About us," "Contact," "Jobs," and other low-profile options. Maybe the folks at Twitter know something about Twitter usage habits that the Bing team doesn't?)

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It isn't happening yet, according to this article from PC World via Business Week.

Read that and after reading the comments, I got the impression the author of that article is an MSN hater from way back so any review or article he writes will be biased.

I'll go by what I'm seeing in my own stats and according to them, I'm seeing a consistant marked increase in traffic from Bing.

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Nice move on Bing's part.. er, I guess anyway.
10:32 am on July 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Will a half-hearted knockoff of Twitter search be enough to catapult Bing past Google? Somehow I doubt it.

Of course not, I don't think anyone here is that naive - but hopefully in the future they can add a few other features and maybe make themselves more of a contender!

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I'll go by what I'm seeing in my own stats and according to them, I'm seeing a consistant marked increase in traffic from Bing.

I've actually seen a dropoff in Bing referrals since the modest post-introduction spike. Right now, Bing referrals are back down below Yahoo referrals. Maybe I need to post more on Twitter. :-)

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KUFU,

There are many people on the bing forums asking how to be included in that video search. We only use content from partners or where the embed codes are freely given on the original site.