I sure hope one can opt out from getting twitter results. what a lot of noise.
Google has announced a pact to feed Twitter's Web2.0rhea straight into its search engine, hours after Microsoft unveiled a similar deal. "We are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results," reads a blog post from Googirl Marisa Mayer. "We believe that …
I can't wait to see this. Not because I think it will be usefully applied to all Twitter accounts, but because I can't wait to see how Google manages to contextualise the contextless snippents of, mostly, complete crap that twitter consists of. "I like cheetos" (google the youtube twitter cops video) sums it up perfectly. I run three Twitter accounts - one is pure satire and wind-up, the second is a 'business' account while the third is there just to listen in to stuff.
Now, if Twitter were to offer a premium account and only those had their tweets pushed into search results along with a standard URL for the account... ker-ching! And yes, I would pay, and use the account to promote my business with care. The interwebs don't run for free, you know, and nothing dies quicker than a popular site with no business model.
So, on the whole, I would like to welcome my new tweet-pushing overlords. Oh wait. There's an icon for that ;-)
...... to shoot some fish in this barrel for you.
"We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months."
Should have read:
"We know full well that our search results and user experience will not benefit at all from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute drivel, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can pollute search even more in the coming months."
There, fixed that one.
What does this mean for netizens?
Well, very little. I understand that google attempts to sort by relevance to your query. That should prevent anything from twitter ever getting anywhere near any search results.
@Jeremy 2:"(Presumably they're not turning their data over to MS and Google for now't?)"
I would presume such a thing. I really can't see MS or G (MSG?) paying for the musings of the internet's pondlife.
On a serious note, Google really could do with a button that excludes blogs, twitter, facefuck etc. A "Give me what I want" button. It could actually be hardware, a big red one on the front of the machine, sharing functionality with Windows, where it is a "Just do what I tell you, nothing more" button.
If only .......
Doubleplusgood for the great stir of gooddata, and heartening to see that the gals and guys at google too are true believers 2.0.
Alert! One of the Oompa-Loompas at The Register has managed to write more than two paragraphs about Google without including the cumbersome and worn out phrase "Mountain View Chocolate Factory"! This is wrong. "Mountain View Chocolate Factory" is, to The Register, what "Vole" is, to The Inquirer (an inexplicable and unfunny 'joke' that hopes to become amusing and popular simply through repetition).
In order to redress this imbalance I feel I must insert the words "Mountain View Chocolate Factory", few times, here in the comments. It's such a smart thing to do, after all (like spelling MS with a dollar sign, or knowing who Leeroy Jenkins is). Look at me, I can find Santa Clara on Google Maps, too.
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