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Days after Google announced its plan for integrating content from sources such as Twitter and blogs, Yahoo on Thursday plans to launch its own feature to integrate tweets into search results. Microsoft already displays Twitter results for queries placed on its Bing search engine, although they displayed on a separate page that is not directly integrated into the main search results.
Yahoo will join Google witih integrated results as of Thursday, said Larry Cornett, vice president of product management and design at the company. But in a crucial difference between the two approaches, Yahoo has not cut a deal with Twitter for access to the "firehose," an automated feed of data from Twitter. Instead, it's using Twitter's public API and adding its own algorithms to figure out which tweets are most relevant to the query.
Real Time Search = Gossip Search.
I did a search for Barack Obama on Google and get a tweet where someone tells me its great to live in Oslo because where else do you see Madonna, Lady Gaga and Barack Obama.
What the ...?
Where can I opt out of this madness?
On every search engine I can do search in images only, videos only, shopping results only, news only - and when I wanted to search websites only I used to go on the main page. Now there is no "website search only" anymore.
Everywhere I look the SERPS turn into giant garbage dumps where the search engines pour out all the garbage they have collected from various sources.
I can understand that everyone wants a piece of each cake: image search, twitter, myspace, news... there is so much you can search. But is it really necessary to display all the results on one page?
[edited by: jecasc at 9:26 am (utc) on Dec. 11, 2009]
Its a fad thats been around for 3 1/2 years, I would get used to it if I were you. I personally only signed up to it recently.
I do not have anything against twitter. It has its uses. But including tweets into the SERPS?
So when I search for "Tiger Woods" I can see results like: "OMFG. What's the diff btween tiger woods & santa? Santa stops at 3 ho's. LOL!"
O tempora o mores!
Edit - not yet encountered the Yahoo! version.
The fact that Google is including Twitter in it's main search results is just astounding.
Don't be too astounded mate .. I'm of the opinion that this is what search engines do when they've exhausted all other more productive areas of search.
Why settle for the best, when you can settle for the rest?
Listing social networking comments about how many times you've washed the car park in a week, IMO, is an epic fail on Google.
Google serves : "Just had 3 donuts. No wonder my butt getting bigger. hahahaha."
How does that help me?
I agree with Frontpage on Yahoo, they are #@^&$%^%#$%^$%*&^%$$! One mistake 10 years ago and hardly anyone gets back in (maybe a non profit might.) Now sites have 10 times as much spam, /link issues but harder to spot than in 1990's.
So I don't lose any sleep over their problems.
First, I completely agree, this is a tremendous failure from G, as these tweets can not in any way contain valuable content.
But Bing did it, and you can never fall behind in the web business.
And tonight another idea struck me: MFAS? are Google SERPS becoming MFAS? Basically, this 'twitter result box' is a complete SERPS real-estate waste; they take the room of about 2-3 webpage results. But they're garbage. What do you do when there is too much garbage on the page? You click the (paid-for) sponsored link.
Anyways, G should take a stance against this 'web 2.0' craziness and remove these tweets from the SERPS.
But on the technical side, the tweets in the SERPS was amazing, because they were actually being updated 'live' with a little scroll bar available to look at the slowly down-moving tweets. Pretty fancy AJAX, and pretty fancy real-time tweets indexing.