Archive for the ‘Twitter Search’ Category

Google Real Time Search Results Exclude Google Brand?

December 7, 2009

With much fanfare, Google has launched its version of real time search incorporating Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blog updates into their search results.

The following video shows how Google answers the “What’s happening right now?” and the “What’s happening nearby?”  questions (please forgive the Slumber Inc. soundtrack).

Entering keywords into Google and selecting Anytime produces an amalgamation of relevant news and web results while selecting Latest often produces a condensed version of the Tweet Stream.

Google Real Time Search Anytime

Google Real Time Search Anytime

Such doesn’t appear to be the case for one particular brand – Google.

Google Real Time Search Latest

Google Real Time Search Latest

Selecting “Latest” in Google’s real time search for “Google” produces not a list of Tweets containing Google but instead a ho hum list of relatively tame looking mostly Google owned sites.

Google Real Time Search Latest

Google Real Time Search Latest

Purely a coincidence?

Must be a fluke here on my computer.

Surely its one or the other.

Why otherwise would real time searches for Yahoo produce Tweets containing Yahoo but not those searches containing Google?

Yahoo Real Time Search Google Results

Yahoo Real Time Search Google Results

Does the same thing happen to you when you search for Google in their real time results?

If so, the lack of Tweets about Google in Google’s real time search results must be the result of a bug.

Twitter Search Fail in Firefox For Mac

October 25, 2009

I don’t know why, but I seem to have more problems than not trying to use Twitter search in Firefox for Macs.

Twitter Search Fail

Twitter Search Fail

I can search in Safari for Mac and get results.

The only difference as far as I can tell is that when I enter a search term in Firefox, the query doesn’t appear to embed itself in the Twitter Search box.

I refreshed my Firefox browser and still no luck.

Twitter Page Doesn't Exist

Twitter Page Doesn't Exist

The Twitter search process as it stands now at least in Firefox for Macs produces a 404 error stating – “The page you were looking for doesn’t exist.

A Small Market Perspective

October 11, 2009

Twitter’s advanced search features can be used to locate Tweets coming from Twitter accounts within a specific mile radius of a city or state.

Twitter Advanced Search

Twitter Advanced Search

As you can see from the results below, I still haven’t figured out how to use Twitter’s real time search to help generate prospects, leads or sales efficiently.

Real Time Search Google Adwords

Real Time Search Google Adwords

Has anyone?

Real Time Search Lead Generation

Real Time Search Lead Generation

Maybe Twitter hasn’t figured out how to make money from their service because Twitter account holders haven’t yet figured out how to make money on Twitter either.  ( Of course this excludes the Twitterers selling “How to make money on Twitter” books and tapes…

Twitter Research Via #Hashtags

August 1, 2009

Hashtags.org is a great tool for researching trends, tags and people Tweet data on Twitter.

Under Trends, searchers can investigate Twitter updates in four different time categories: Right Now, Today, This Week and This Month.

From a marketers perspective, longer term #Hashtag tweet activity revealed in This Week and This Month data shows which Tweets have sustained the most consistent share of voice on Twitter.

#Hashtags This Month

#Hashtags This Month

Sorting Trends by shorter time frames Right now and Today reveal the transitory nature of human attention.

Searching by Tags provides another rich source of Twitter data.

A hashtags search for Top tags produces a list of the most popular tags used on Twitter.

Top Hashtags

Top Hashtags

Although the data set collected by Twitter is nowhere near the size Google collects and then make available through it Adwords Keyword Suggestion Tool, Hashtags.org appears to provide a statistically relevant sample of Tweeted keywords occurring @Twitter.

I am looking forward to applying this new found data toward reaching more of the Twitter Audience.

Twitter Debuts New Home Page With Search Box

July 28, 2009

Twitter has modified its home page to include a Twitter search box for web users not already logged into their Twitter account.

New Twitter Home Page

New Twitter Home Page

Twitter search options are prominently featured and include search results by the minute, day and week.

This move was probably necessary on Twitter’s part to generate renewed interest in its service which a handful of people – myself included – believe has already peaked.

If Twitter has any one core differentiator for potential non tech users, its would be Twitter’s real time search.

It remains to be seen whether anyone other than tech savvy news hounds have an interest in real time search results.

It will also be interesting to see whether or not Twitter’s search team has addressed the Tweet Stream Pollution issues.

How To Create and Search Your Own Twitter Followers List

July 22, 2009

Yesterday I wrote a post about how to create and search a list of Twitter updates in both WordPress and Google.

Today, I am going to tackle a similar problem: Searching Twitter Followers and Following lists.

Until Twitter makes searching Twitter account followers and following lists part of Twitter search, finding someone who follows you or who is following you isn’t very easy to do.

Creating a searchable list isn’t too dificult it just requires some time.

Go to your Twitter account and click on your followers link and select list view.

This will produce a list of 20 followers per page.

Twitter Followers List

Twitter Followers List

Copy the list of followers from each page.

Depending on how many followers you have will determine how many pages you will have to scroll through and scrape to create your own searchable list.

I have 873 followers at the moment so I had to visit 43 pages to create my list.

Paste the list of followers into a Word document or Excel if you extracted tables and save.

You can now sort either the Word or Excel documents alphabetically to create your first archived list of Followers in a searchable hierarchy.

To archive your Twitter followers list in the cloud, import it into a Google indexed WordPress blog and wallah! – you will have a instant browser searchable WordPress file with a list of all your followers.

After the Googlebot visits your site, your list of followers will also be archived in Google’s search engine results pages.

I have posted my current list of Twitter followers over on TimothyCohn.com

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads Via Twitter

July 11, 2009

The Trending Topics feature on Twitter.com still has considerable room for improvement.

Users have gamed Twitter’s search “ranking” system to promote their businesses in Twitter Trending Topics as well as inundate searchers with all sorts of spam from porn to “Get Rich Tweeting” scams.

Now comes illegal movie downloads.

With the recent release of Bruno and the upcoming release of the latest Harry Potter installment, content pirates have taken to setting up Twitter accounts and pushing their pirated movie copies via Trending Topics tweets.

Twitter Trending Topics

Twitter Trending Topics

A Twitter search for Bruno produces the following search results:

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads via Twitter

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads via Twitter

Spam alone may be the prevailing reason why real time search hasn’t yet become ready for prime time.

Twitter Search Errors… Again

May 25, 2009

Twitter search appears to be taking a vacation this Memorial Day 2009:

Twitter Search Error

Twitter Search Error

This isn’t the first time I have had difficulty accessing Twitter search.

Twitter Real Time Warp Search?

April 14, 2009

Although real time search is one of the many heralded utilities of Twitter, it seems the average consumer’s attention isn’t quite as focused in the present as Twitter’s search results are – at least at this particular moment in time.

According to Twitter’s trending topics: Easter is the most popular topic of conversation in the Twitterverse – this Tuesday two days after Easter Sunday.

Real Time Warp Search

Real Time Warp Search

If this trending topic result doesn’t illustrate the value of reaching Twitter’s audience, I don’t know what will.

Twitter Audience Segmentation and Real Time Inline Search

April 2, 2009

Twitter has begun testing real time inline search within some Twitter accounts.

From the Twitter blog:

Currently, a small subset of Twitter users are trying this new search feature in the sidebar of their Twitter home page. When you do a search, you don’t go to another page, the relevant tweets instantly show up where you’d expect them to—right on your home page where tweets love to be.

I have the new Twitter search box in my account and find its inline search results much more convenient and practical.

Twitter Real Time Inline Search

Twitter Real Time Inline Search

As Twitter accummulates user search data,  they will be able to parse the Twitter audience into segments which is a requisite for monetizing their ever increasing traffic.

Twitter Audience Segmentation

Twitter Audience Segmentation


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