Bing Now Returns Twitter Posts

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News Posted: Thu, Jul 2 2009 11:50 PM

There’s been an ongoing discussion in the search community regarding the value of content on Twitter and how to capitalize on it, particularly since Twitter content can reflect instant public reactions and newsworthy events. As a way to add more real time data into its search results, Microsoft has started adding some Twitter posts to the search results you get when searching for some people using Bing.

Sean Suchter, general manager of Microsoft's Silicon Valley Search Technology Center, wrote on a company blog, "We think this is an interesting first step toward using Twitter's public API to surface Tweets in people search."

Most of Bing’s search competitors don’t offer Twitter search results, but many will display a link to a person’s Twitter page and may even provide links to some old Twitter messages. Microsoft’s latest addition to Bing will list recent and past messages as well as other search results.

Microsoft intends to roll the feature out gradually, so it’s possible you might not see Twitter messages right away. Currently, Microsoft is indexing a few thousand people based on their follower count and number of tweets. Some of the Twitterers Microsoft is currently indexing includes people from its own search technology and business sphere such as Danny Sullivan or Kara Swisher as well as prominent people like Al Gore or Ryan Seacrest.

On the same day Microsoft announced the addition of Twitter posts to search results, a new study showed Bing continues to grow and may be taking market share away from Google (albeit a small amount). According to researchers at StatCounter, Bing’s share of the search market reached 1% in June. Even with the growth, Bing still trails Yahoo and Google by a large margin.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jul 3 2009 8:15 AM

This is what I hear, when I see a new Bing story here every week:


What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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This is what I hear, when I see a new Bing story here every week:


Ha Ha.

I tried Bing for a few days and there was stuff that I could find. I go to google and get it the first time. IDK if its that google is that much better or if I am just used to typing stuff the way google will find it.

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wil2200 replied on Sat, Jul 4 2009 6:46 PM

It would be nice if I can turn off their crappy background image - I absolutely loathe it.

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It would be nice if I can turn off their crappy background image - I absolutely loathe it.

try using the mobile page, just make sure the search settings are not set to shrink everything down to fit a cell phone screen, unless you use it from a phone.

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arbaba replied on Tue, Jul 7 2009 10:32 AM

Most of the thing about Bing is good,but still it is not at the same level of Google;But still then it was a good job Microsoft,well tried tocompete with Google but could not beat Google;May be Cuil.Com can beat Google because its search database is 3 times more bigger than that of Google;

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This is good news here on hothardware. I have heard of it but didn't know in details thanks for posting here. Its really a nice time reading here and hopefully it will help me as well others in future.



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