Thursday, May 7, 2009

Can Twitter Compete With Google?

Google is the most popular search engine in the U.S., if not the world. There is much more to Google, of course: e-mail service ("g-mail"), highly specialized search options, widgets and gadgets, analyitics, and so on. So, can Twitter compete? Probably not, at least not in a way that would knock Google off the top of the mountain. Stan Schroeder writes in his Mashable column that Twitter is currently "great for tracking conversations, but it will never be a competitor to Google." However, he adds, "This is about to change. According to CNET, Twitter’s new VP of Operations, Santosh Jayaram, said that Twitter search will soon start crawling the links included in tweets. There’s a lot of links there, and given Twitter’s huge growth, soon these links might comprise a hefty portion of the overall web, making it a much more complete search engine that it currently is. It’s a big technical leap, but it shows that the folks at Twitter are serious about search." Full column at CommieBama Hats and More Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Follow ChiNewsBench on Twitter