Openbook: See What People On Facebook Share To The World

Want to see what people share on Facebook with the entire world -- perhaps without realizing it? There's a new site that makes this easy, Openbook. Look At The Embarrassing Updates! Last week, I explored the issue of how Facebook's own "Posts  By Everyone" search feature revealed people who might be sharing material they didn't intend for the entire world to see. I'd strongly encourage people to read it: Facebook’s "Posts By Everyone" Feature: Do People Realize They’re Sharing To The World? Openbook allows you to see the same thing without having to be in Facebook at all. When [...]


Twitter Search Adds “Expand” Option For Shortened URLs

Twitter Search has added a new "expand" option that allows you to turn a shortened URL into back into its original longer version. That's handy to know where the URL is taking you to. It may also help increase the relevancy matching of some tweets. NOTE: Apparently this isn't new. Sorry. Still interesting to examine, however, I hope. Twitter Search's Expand Feature You can see the new feature in action below: The top arrow points to how URLs in tweets are normally displayed, shortened as they were tweeted, but with an "expand" option next to them. Click on that, and the second [...]


The Origin Of #nickcleggsfault & Getting To More Relevant Tweets

Yesterday, I moderated a panel on real time search where one of the topics was how to get the balance between showing recent tweets versus the most "relevant" ones right. Today, there came a perfect example to test -- the trending topic of #nickcleggsfault. For those unfamiliar with Nick Clegg, he's the leader of the Liberal Democrat party in the United Kingdom, the "third party" behind the Labour and Conservative parties. Clegg made an unexpected strong showing during a recent televised debate, completely changing the dynamics of the election that's in progress. The Trending Of #nickcle [...]


All The Old Tweets Are Found: Google Launches Twitter Archive Search

Google has launched a Twitter archive service, giving it a more comprehensive index of tweets over time than even Twitter itself. (See Danny's Where Have All The Old Tweets Gone?) Meanwhile, Twitter gets a logo presence in Google's search results, the first time Google's featured a partner like this. The Google blog has details here. For the time being it apparently works for tweets posted from February, 2010 forward. However soon it will be available for all tweets, from March, 2006 when Twitter first launched. The new Twitter archive search allows users to enter any keyword or p [...]


Google’s Real Time Search Results Gets “Top Links” Section

Steve Rubel noticed Google has updated the real time search results page to include "top links" at the top right of the page. The top links appear to be the most authoritative and popular stories on the search query. For example, here is a picture of the real time Google results for [plane crash]: As you can see, the new "top links" are on the right side of the page, where you would normally see search ads. It will be interesting to see how Google continues to adapt this page in pursuit of perfecting real time relevancy. [...]


Google Real Time Search Now Shows Updates From Facebook Fan Pages

Google's Real Time Search has gained a new data source, updates from Facebook fan pages. Google had announced a deal to list this information back in December, and now it's finally being implemented. Google has tweeted the news. See our detailed guide, Google Launches Real Time Search Results to understand how Google Real Time Search works, where it appears and how to use it. Facebook fan page updates now appear within those results, which include all of these sources: Twitter tweets Google News links Google Blog Search links Newly created web pages Freshly updated web pages F [...]


Google Adds MySpace To Real-Time Results & Images Site Command Updates

Google confirmed two different discussions taking place in the webmaster and SEO community over the past few days. The first is that MySpace results are now included in Google's Real Time search results feature. In addition, Google launched real-time search in Russian and Japanese. The second is that Google has updated their site command for Google Image searches. Now, if you search for images on a site, using site:domain.com, Google will show you the images on the web pages on that domain, and ignore the host of that image. Here is how Google explained it: Based on feedback fro [...]


Twitter’s Traffic Up 9%, Thanks To Google

VentureBeat reports Twitter has increased their traffic by 9 percent from December to January. After deeper insight from ComScore and Hitwise, it appears that most, if not all, came from Google. When Google added real-time results to their search interface in December, it had a major impact on people discovering Tweets in the search results. Google will show real time results from Twitter and other sites based on if that is a trending (hot) query. Key Stats: ComScore data show the number of unique visitors to Twitter increased by 9 percent from December 2009 to January 2010 Data from [...]


How To Search Google Buzz

Looking to find something on Google Buzz? Ironically, for a product from Google, searching Buzz seems to have a lot that can be improved. Below, some tips I've pulled together. Buzz Search From Google Buzz  has its own search box, as you'll find at the top of the page. But doing a search using this built-in tool is less than impressive. For example, here's what I currently get for a search on olympics: The first post is from 10:55am on Tuesday, Feb. 16 -- about 12 hours before I wrote this. That's the most current Buzz result for the Olympics? And why this one? It's not from some [...]


Google Ranks Real-Time Tweets Based On Followers?

The Technology Review magazine has an article named How Google Ranks Tweets. They interviewed Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow, who led development of Google's real-time search, on the topic. Amit explained that in the social context, the number of people following someone is similar to the number of links pointing to a page. We know Google ranks web pages on the number and quality of those links (amongst other factors). Amit explained it is not just about the number of Twitter followers, but also figuring out who the "reputed followers" are. Amit explained, "You earn reputation, and then y [...]


Earthquake: Real-Time Results On Google Make Up For Lack Of Other Content

There was a small earthquake this morning near San Jose, California. According to the USGS, which now shows "real-time" information, the quake was relatively small: magnitude 4.1. Last year Google launched an Earthquake OneBox; however that OneBox didn't catch this quake. Google is saved by integration of Twitter results (see below), which did report it: [...]


Natalie Portman Is Not Dead – Despite What Google’s Real Time Results (Sometimes) Say

Irony & deja vu. Earlier this year, a rumor swept the internet that Jeff Goldblum had died -- and for a short time, searches on Google seemed to confim it. Now the same is happening to Natalie Portman -- who like Goldblum, is alive and well despite what Google's search results say. Jeff Goldblum Is NOT Dead (Despite What Google Says) has the background on what happened with Goldblum and how a joke site called FakeAWish allows people make a story about any celebrity being dead in an accident (with one scenario placing this in New Zealand). With Goldblum, Google News had picked up an a [...]


Brittany Murphy’s Death & Google’s Real Time Search Results

The death of actress Brittany Murphy is probably the first test for Google's new real time search results. Earlier this year, when Michael Jackson died, it took several minutes for the news to make it into Google despite the extraordinary number of searches it was getting. The integration of real time results was designed in part to ensure Google wasn't falling behind on news until traditional news outlets could file. When I looked about 1/2 hour after the first reports came out, Google had plenty of traditional news results. That's pretty normal, so it's hard for me to tell what happened i [...]


Google & Bing’s Unequal Facebook Status Update Deals

Last week, Google seemingly caught up with Bing in the war over status updates from social sites, announcing a deal to get real time information from Facebook. In reality, Bing's receiving more complete information. Both Google and Bing have coveted the "status updates" that users make on social sites like Twitter and Facebook. Our What Is Real Time Search? Definitions & Players explains how status updates, also called microblogging, works at these places. Updates often contain great content, such as information that doesn't exist anywhere else on the web or which can be mined [...]


Google Launches Real Time Search Results

So finally, we've got Google Real Time search, as the company has announced. Below, I'm doing a quick hit on what's it is, how to use it and how it compares to that last Google real time search thing you may recall hearing about. How do you get it? It's rolling out over the next few days, and when you have it, you'll see it just happening withing your search results. But if you can't see it, try clicking on this link which may force it to appear for you. For example, below is a search for health care on Google where about midway down on the page, there's a "Latest results" section that a [...]


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