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9:11 am on Aug 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo Considers Real Time Search [reuters.com]
Yahoo Inc is considering developing new real-time search capabilities, even as it outsources its existing Internet search technology to Microsoft Corp.
Yahoo's Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo Labs, said that the company could potentially "mine" messages from Twitter, the popular microblogging service, to offer Web surfers search results beyond those offered by Microsoft's Bing.
11:12 am on Aug 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Prabhakar, don't do it.

#1 - Bing already offers live related twitter messages on some serps.
#2 - Don't base your companies future on the success of another, as twitter goes so will Yahoo!
#3 - Using Twitter as a source of quality information?!? Run for the hills!
#4 - Google already does it better, I've had articles fully indexed in under 30 seconds (might have been faster, that's the time it took me to check when I got immediate traffic while making an edit)
#5 - Did I mention Twitter is 99% spam? Seriously, no.
#6 - It didn't work when RSS was all the rage either. The immediacy is not the message and neither is the medium in this case.
#7 - Any system that allows everyone to dump comments into one local area can match the speed of twitter, build that instead and add a little QC... now that I would back in a heartbeat. I searched for a keyword on Twitter tonight and you don't want to know how low the quality of the results were.
#8 - People like Twitter because it gets their message out there fast and that quality doesn't carry over to search. Honestly I prefer quality in my search results, not speed. Speed is pointless if I don't perform a search at the moment it's indexed anyway. Quality, please!

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If Yahoo does live twitter search as well as they have failed at regular search, why bother?

Combined, Microsoft and Yahoo have a 28% share of the Internet search market in the United States, well behind Google's 65%, according to online measurement firm comScore Inc. Google is even more dominant on in the rest of the world, with a global share of 67% compared to a combined 11% for Microsoft and Yahoo.
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In thinking this through a little further, what if it succeeds and becomes widely used? To get traffic from Yahoo! i'd only need to spam twitter. I don't think twitter would survive the beating, especially since they can't monetize it well as of yet.