Twitter Makes Search Results More Visual With Top Photos, Videos & Instant Previews

twitter-search-featured Twitter is rolling out an update to its search results that will put a new "Top Photos" section above matching tweets. "Top Videos" may also appear. Twitter will also begin automatically showing tweeted pictures for those searching on the iPhone or with Android devices. Top Photos & Videos Twitter already shows top photos and images for a search, but these have been placed off to the side of the main search results, like this: With the change, top pictures and videos will come above the matching tweets: The change above will happen for both desktop and mobile searchers, Twitter [...]

SMX Social Media Features Del Harvey, The “Matt Cutts” Of Twitter

Del Harvey Our SMX Social Media Marketing show is coming to Las Vegas this Dec. 5 & 6, and as part of our great agenda is a keynote talk by Del Harvey, Twitter's director of trust and safety. Not familiar with Del? You should be, if you're a marketer doing anything involved with Twitter. She oversees what's considered right and wrong when it comes to promotion on the service. To put Del in a context our search marketing readers will understand, she's effectively the "Matt Cutts" of Twitter, overseeing the type of policing in Twitter's tweets that Cutts does for Google's search results. I've [...]

Twitter’s New SEO Play: A Profile Directory Of All User Accounts

twitter-birds-seo-featured Twitter has quietly launched a user profile directory that it hopes will bring it more search engine traffic. It's Twitter's second SEO play in recent weeks, coming on the heels of a change in its robots.txt file. With that change, Twitter made its content-based search results -- i.e., search results for tweets and hashtags, but not search results for users -- crawlable. With the new directory, Twitter is finishing that process by making its user profiles more discoverable by Google, Bing and other search engines. When asked why Twitter launched the user directory, a company spokesperson [...]

Twitter Opens Up To More Crawling, But Do Search Engines Want Its Search Results In Theirs?

twitter-search-featured Twitter recently updated its robots.txt file and, though the change opens up millions of pages to being crawled, there's no guarantee that the main search engines want what Twitter is offering. The Sociable seems to have been the first to notice Twitter's robots.txt changes, which now specifically allow Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and other bots to crawl through some of Twitter's search results pages. Twitter: Change Made To Help With Discovery Twitter confirmed the change to us, saying: This change will help people find popular and helpful Twitter pages, such as the #olympics hashtag pa [...]

NBC Olympics Executive’s Email Wasn’t “Widely Available” In Google

twitter-new-logo-2012 The interwebs are all a flutter over how a critic of NBC's Olympic coverage had his Twitter account suspended after tweeting the email address of the executive in charge of that coverage. It was private, said Twitter. Public to anyone with Google, said journalist Guy Adams, whose account was suspended. Actually, from what I can tell, it really wasn't public to anyone with Google. A Tweet Too Far Adams is a journalist who works for The Independent. He's tweeted loudly and proudly against NBC's coverage of the Olympics, as Deadspin details. But when he encouraged people to email Gary Zenkel, [...]

Twitter Inching Closer To Giving You All Your Tweets, But Search Has A Long Way To Go

twitter-search-2012 Twitter is working on a project that will give users access to an archive of all of their own tweets. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told the New York Times this week that the company is building a tool that would let Twitter users download their own tweets. He didn't provide a timeframe for such a tool to be ready. Twitter search is notoriously shallow. Although the company has recently upgraded its search capabilities, the site's search box only shows results from the past seven days. With users tweeting more than 400 million times per day, a full-history, all-Twitter search/download to [...]

Politwoops: A Search Engine For Deleted Tweets From Policitians

At the beginning of the year I wrote about PolitickerUSA, a free tool that allows users to quickly and easily read tweets from members of congress and other political leaders. Today, I want to point out another free service named Politwoops that launched at the end of May. Here, users can access and read tweets that have been deleted by members of congress. In their words: Politwoops, the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. From minor typos to major gaffes, Politwoops is now there to offer a searchable window into what they hoped you didn't see. The P [...]

Twitter Upgrades Search With Autocomplete & New Filters

twitter-search-featured Twitter's search tool has just undergone a slight makeover with a number of new features that should help get users to the information they're looking for quicker than before. The most noticeable upgrade is the addition of autocompleted search suggestions that appear below the search box as you type. The dropdown will show terms that you might be searching for, as well as Twitter accounts -- whether you follow them or not -- that may match what's being typed in the search box. After completing the search, Twitter has added a new filter to the tweet results. In addition to being able [...]

The Fleeting Nature Of Twitter: 17 Percent Of Top Searches Change Every Hour

twitter-bird-logo-square Nearly 20 percent of the top search queries on Twitter at any given moment won't be a popular search query just one hour later. That's according to a new research paper that Twitter will present this week at a social media conference. Twitter researchers Jimmy Lin and Gilad Mishne analyzed all search queries on the site during October 2011 and discovered that 17 percent of the top 1,000 search queries from one hour aren't in the top 1,000 queries the next hour. The churn of Twitter search activity is nearly the same when measured at a daily level, rather than hourly. Lin and Mishne say [...]

Google Loses Search PR Director Gabriel Stricker To Twitter

Gabriel Stricker is still listed on Google as Director of Communications, Search. However he's now VP of Communications for Twitter. He follows Karen Wickre, Google's former Senior Media Liaison, who joined Twitter about seven months ago. And quite some time before that, Carolyn Penner left Google's PR team for Twitter. I also noticed that Shailesh Rao, who was once director of local for Google and then later the managing director of Google India recently became VP of International Revenue for Twitter. Stricker was at Google for more than 5 years, when many people start to get the "w [...]

How People Power (& Personalize) Bing’s Social Search

The good folks over at Stone Temple Consulting released an in-depth interview with Bing's Principal Group Program Manager for Bing Social Search, Paul Yiu.  The Bing social search team integrates social content and indicators into the search results to add both personalization and relevance to the search results.  Bing currently ties in data from both Facebook and Twitter to improve the overall quality of the results.  In contrast, Google only ties Google+ data into their search results pages. Eric Enge performed the interview for Stone Temple and didn't pull any punches on social indica [...]

Yandex Starts To Drink From The Twitter “Firehose”

Yandex is the next in line to gain access to the Twitter "firehose." The Russian search engine is announcing that it will begin integrating the Twitter feed into its search results. Twitter reported the deal to us late last week but declined to disclose its terms. As part of their agreement Yandex will have access to the full Twitter feed but has discretion over what it uses and how that content is ranked and displayed. According to a statement issued by Yandex: New tweets will now become available in Yandex's Blog Search results in a matter of moments. In addition to Yandex’s Blog Se [...]

A Proposal For Social Network Détente

google-twitter-facebook-radar-featured For the past two weeks, I feel like I've been witnessing some type of Cuban Missile Crisis going on between Google, Twitter and Facebook. I'd like to suggest some ways that social-nuclear war might be averted. Beyond Blame, Believing In Cooperation Let's set aside blame, because blame isn't going to move anything forward. Let's also assume that all the players can be taken to some degree at their word, that they do indeed want to work together in some ways. What does everyone want? The Wants & A Game Changer Google has wanted its own social graph for some time. By social graph, I [...]

“Don’t Be Evil” Tool — Backed By Facebook & Twitter — Shows Google’s “Search Plus Your World” Can Go Beyond Google+

what google should be I've written that Google has plenty of public data to allow parts its new Search Plus Your World feature to be inclusive of rival social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now, those networks are proving that true, through a new "Don't Be Evil" tool that lets anyone leverage Google's own results to see this. The tool -- a bookmarklet that works in your browser -- changes three parts of Search Plus Your World that currently shows information only from Google Plus. These are: People & Pages results Google+ Sitelinks Google+ Suggestions In Autocomplete The tool can be found on [...]

How To Track U.S. Congress Members’ Tweets

Many U.S. Senators and Representatives are tweeting opinions, updates, images, documents, etc. these days, and Twitter can be a very useful, if not an essential tool, to learn about what’s going on directly from each member, especially regarding controversial legislation such as SOPA. An easy to use but powerful web tool (it's also free) named PolitickerUSA can save you a lot of time and effort informing you as to what members of congress are tweeting about right now. In one location you can quickly access the non-stop real-time stream of tweets from Senators, Reps, President Obama, go [...]

Search Trumps Social For Local Business Information

search-globe-websites-featured The internet and search engines in particular are the top sources for information about local businesses, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Foundation. That's not really a surprise. But what's interesting perhaps is how many people rely on print newspapers and how few seem to rely on social media for local information, according to the survey data. Pew surveyed just over 1,000 US adults by telephone in January, 2011. What it found was that 55 percent of people "say they get news and information about local restaurants, bars, and clubs" and 60 percent "say t [...]

Live Blogging the Twitter Event: Easier Discovery, Enhanced Profiles, More Direct Challenge To Facebook

Screen shot 2011-12-08 at 9.05.52 AM I'm at the new Twitter HQ (not for six months) in San Francisco with the tech press corps awaiting a Twitter press conference that I will attempt to faithfully live blog. In the meantime, here are some shots from the new space, which is three floors and exceeds 200,000 square feet. The build out should be pretty spectacular. The building was completed in the same year as the Golden Gate bridge in 1937, and has been vacant for several years. Twitter has 700 employees today and expects to be able to accomodate "thousands of people" in the coming years as Twitter scales. But it wil [...]

Twitter Begins To Roll Out The ‘Activities’ Tab To The Masses

As we reported a few months ago, Twitter has rolled out the "activities tab" for web users.  This tab allows Twitter to operate more like a classic social network as you can keep tabs on your friends... pun intended.  Here's a look at how the activitiy tab looks: This tab shows items favorited by those you follow along with new follows that are occurring. When this is rolled out to your account, expect to see a notification appear over the newly created tab. For more information, see our original story. [...]

Twitter, Mozilla Strike Deal That Bakes Twitter Search Into Firefox 8 Search Box

twitter-firefox-search-featured Twitter and Mozilla have struck a deal that makes Twitter search one of the default search options in the new Firefox 8 web browser. It's included in the Windows, Mac and Linux versions, which can be downloaded now. As Mozilla's blog post explains, the Twitter search option can be used to search Twitter usernames, hashtags and topics (without hashtags). It's available in four languages: English, Portuguese, Slovenian and Japaneses. Mozilla says more languages will be enabled in future releases. Twitter search was previously available as a separate add-on for the Firefox search bar. T [...]

Forty Million Mobile Users Access Social Nets Daily — comScore

mobile-social-featured In the US roughly 40 million mobile users access social networks (broadly defined to include blogs) on their handsets on a daily basis, according to comScore. The large number of mobile-social users comes as no surprise. Facebook previously announced it had 350 million active mobile users globally. Google also sees mobile as a strategic front for social networking growth. The new version of Android ("Ice Cream Sandwich") prominently features Google+. The chart below shows comScore traffic estimates for mobile usage of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Facebook has many more mobile users th [...]

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