Twitter Results on Google and Bing

Most know that Twitter results are now being displayed on Google and Bing. But how quickly do potential results appear? I did a quick test on both Google and Bing. See screen shots below for “watch olympics live online”

As you’ll see in the first screen shot, Google shows two results on my initial search.

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On my second query, I first posted my search phrase in a tweet. The results are amazing. Google displayed my tweet in about 60 seconds (that’s fast!!)
Notice the Twitter post highlighted by yellow. Google shows the time in which the tweet was posted. Google also displays Twitter results in its SERPs / organic listings. Also, notice in my second search, Google displays Twitter results in an active news scroller. Google certainly does a better job at displaying Twitter search results than Bing. (see Bing results in last image)

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Bing Twitter results: While Bing did display my test tweet I’m not sure if Bind displayed it as quickly as Google. I’ll need to run another test or two.
One of the things I don’t care for in Bing Twitter results is that you need to know enough  to go to http://www.bing.com/twitter/ – The method that would seem to make the most for searchers is to just display Twitter results directly in SERPs as Google does. It also appears that Google results from Twitter are a bit more relevant than  (I’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Do you care if results show up in SERPs or on a dedicated page?)

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Is Twitter An IM Application On Steroids?

The more I think about it, the more it appears that Twitter is an IM application on steroids. Twitter allows for tweets and twitting with your peeps, just like an IM application. The primary difference is that all of your tweets end up in a blog that can be searched.

Think about it, take your favorite IM tool and look at the similarities:

  • I can tweet from my cell phone – I can IM from my phone
  • I can send URLs in a tweet – I can send URLs via IM
  • I can tweet photos – I can send photos via IM
  • I can follow or be followed in Twitter – I can do the same with IM

Again, the big  difference is that traditional IM has some forms of privacy and can be somewhat proprietary. With Twitter, there are numerous applications, but if you can get to the web via desktop or mobile phone you can tweet and search twitter as a wider public medium.

What are your thoughts on Twitter? How are you using Twitter? Is Twitter a giant IM application on steriods? Is Twitter a fad? or is Twitter the application that could give Google a run for its money?

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