Bing slips into bed with Twitter
Little one says 'roll over'
Microsoft has added Twitter messages to some search results in a desperate attempt to snatch some market share from Google following the launch of Bing last month.
Redmond’s revamped search engine has indexed some popular Twitter pages using the all-talk-no-trousers site’s public API.
“We picked a few thousand people to start, based primarily on their follower count and volume of tweets,” wrote MS search general manager Sean Suchter.
Real time results are displayed in a separate box alongside other search queries in Bing, for anyone keen to keep their stalking mojo at full tilt.
It’s hardly surprising to see Microsoft attempt to benefit from some of the traffic flowing into and out of Twitter, whose real time search engine has prompted mild cause for concern over at Mountain View towers in recent months. ®
Do you really think either bing or twitter will last another 9 months?
Joining Zune with Cuil makes more sense.
@ Charles Calthrop
"usually if I want to find out online why ten ambulances are racing down a road"
Why would you even think of doing that is way beyond my poor imagination. You must have far, far too much time in your hands. But if you really want to find out in near real time, you can tune in to the police frequencies. Of course that's not actually permitted, but if you don't interfere who's gonna find out? And that way you will have the real info, not some wild ramblings by attention-craving webwhores. In any given situation where 10 ambulances race down a street, I can already tell you what you'll find on Twitter:
"OMG a plane crashed on $LOCAL_BIG_BUILDING" =40%
"OMG a gang is shooting pregnant women in front of Wall-Mart": 30%
"OMG they discovered a nest of flu-infected zombie swines in the sewers and the "pandemic" is spreading": 30%
Real explanation ("A bus missed a turn and 10 people have light bruises. One might even suffer from nosebleed."): 0%
Yeah, that's a "good start", as you say. If it was a start, that is. It's more like a good step further the "please wave your hands in panic and shout "we're all gonna die" at the slightest evidence that something not 100% good might have happened" road. Good ol'US.
Google beat them to it!
For as long as twitter has been around Google will return twitter pages that fit the search.