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Twitter as a search engine is nonsense

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Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about Twitter becoming a powerful search engine. What a load of crap.

Let’s recognize Twitter for what it is: A microblogging service. It’s not the only one around but it’s the leader of the pack. Most importantly, it’s got critical mass. Everyone who’s into microblogging is on Twitter.

But it’s not a search engine.

Mike Arrington tries to argue why it is a search engine but read his posting yourself and see if he is convincing. He, himself, admits that Twitter is a collection of “emotional grunts”.

He rightly points out that if something big is going on in the world, you can get information about it from Twitter. True, but what sort of info do you get out of it? Emotional grunts.

I guess if you want to search for emotional grunts on various issues, you could use Twitter Search to look for them. But for anything else, I’d stick to Google.

No doubt, there’s some real value in Twitter waiting to be unlocked and monetized. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and try to present Twitter as more than what it fundamentally is: A microblogging service.

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Written by Oon Yeoh

April 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Posted in Social Media

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