‘live search’ Twitter results on Google

Mar. 03, 2009 | by Tim Aldiss

The idea of combining the instantly gratifying nature of following live twitter results with the dominant authority, and familiarity of Google results seems to be winning hearts and minds. Just yesterday morning a new ‘greasemonkey’ script was posted on the mt-hacks website which allows Firefox users to combine the top  5 live Twiiter results related to their query at the to of a page of Google results. Cool huh!

Interestingly this post over on mt-hacks mentions that this kind of open source hackers approach to mashing up information is very much in vogue and could pose a threat to Google. I also agree with their opinion that the idea of being able to mesh live results with traditional algorithmic based information could be the kind of fools gold that would encourage Google to persue purchase of Twitter.

Yet another example of search and social coming together to form a truly useful, innovative functionality.

Watch the space.

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    Comments (4)

    • Jason Ryan

      Tom makes a good point about Twitter spam. Recently I have been using @brightonfeed and my immediate Twitter network for recommendations for good tradesmen as I have been redecorating my house. I love the fact that I have been getting 3 or 4 good personal recommendations via twitter as opposed to finding them on well-optimised websites via search engines. I'm sure some tradesmen, for example, are considering how they might use (and abuse) Twitter to gain more business. However, I will always trust those in my personal network more, and this is perhaps where the first line  of defence to spam lies. I have also noticed recently that some obviously spammy followers are having their accounts suspended or deleted due to 'suspicious activity' so  there are efforts underway by the Twitter team to spot spammy patterns of activity, and as the service matures, I am sure that these efforts (along with those of the spammers) will become ever more sophisticated.Mar 9, 2009 01:30 pm

    • Tom Hopkins

      I completely agree that this is a fascinating development and Twitter search is a useful tool for finding latest opinion and news. BUT it seems to me that the problem is here that Twitter Search has no clear defence to spam - the issue that Google spends much of its time working on. Without any clear measure of authority, how will we weed out the nonsense which is already turning up across Twitter?Mar 8, 2009 10:56 pm

    • Yuki Chow

      Awesome! More kudos for greasemonkey ~ Mar 4, 2009 06:59 pm

    • Addam Hassan

      Searching Twitter is an excellent way of finding up to date information and views. I personally enjoy using delicious as a good way to search for resources such as Wordpress Themes etc.Mar 4, 2009 11:09 am

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