Kurrently.com does a nice job of mashing up and delivering results from multiple sources into a real time search feed.
I know there are a handful of other real time search engines but I don’t recall seeing them work as well as Kurrently appears to.
Twitter has modified its home page to include a Twitter search box for web users not already logged into their Twitter account.
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.
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.
A Twitter search for Bruno produces the following search results:
Spam alone may be the prevailing reason why real time search hasn’t yet become ready for prime time.
With all the buzz about Twitter’s ability to provide real time search results, its only natural other web platforms with large databases offer similar services.
Such is the case with WordPress.com now.
I have noticed over the last day or two an increase of referrals from WordPress.com.
Based on the current status of my WordPress domain redirection purchase and its subsequent failure to get indexed by Google, I am not convinced WordPress search referrals will increase my site’s traffic over time anyway.
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.
If this trending topic result doesn’t illustrate the value of reaching Twitter’s audience, I don’t know what will.
Twitter began promoting Twitter Search and Twitter Widgets underneath account holder Profile and Settings yesterday on Twitter.com.
Twitter’s real time search capabilities have been mentioned with increasing frequency lately.
Twitter Widgets help Twitter users distribute their Tweets to other locations on the web.
With Twitter Widgets, Tweets can be easily cross-posted to MySpace, Facebook, Blogger and Typepad.
The Twitter Search promotion must have generated more traffic than anticipated because it hasn’t been available to deliver search results this morning.
If Twitter outsourced its search functions to Google’s cloud, they probably wouldn’t experience 500 Internal Server Errors or deliver the search results free cloud pages like the one below.
Today while logging into Twitter, I noticed my account now features the Twitter Search box in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Placing Twitter Search atop Twitter account pages makes using their search feature much more likely.
Searching Twitter before the search box required scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Search or having to navigate directly to Twitter search in another browser window.
Having search on the same page will keep Twitter users on Twitter’s site.
Clicking on Search takes users to Twitter’s real time search box where Twitter users can “See what’s happening – right now.”
Searching Twitter produces a list of the 15 most recent “real time” Tweets containing the searched term.
Just to the left of the Search Now box, Twitter also provides a “Trends” drop down tool box.
Clicking on Trends takes account holders to a list of Twitter’s Top 10 most mentioned terms.
Click on any one of the terms to reach the real time stream of Tweets for any of Twitter’s Top 10 Trends.
Here Twitter also provides a list of Tweets containing the Trending term along with a list of Matching users and Featured users like it does on their “realtime results” page.
By providing Matching and Featured users Twitter gives its users a chance to explore topics they have already confirmed they have an interest in.
Twitter has also pushed links to both the account holder’s “Profile” and “Settings” to the Twitter users home page.
Name, Location, Web and Bio information are still found on the Twitter account holder’s public page.
By placing account related links on the “What are you doing” page, Twitter has reduced the number of clicks required to navigate Twitter account while also simplifying overall Twitter account management.
If the web continues to account for the majority of Twitter’s use as previously reported, surely adding search to every Twitter account will increase both Twitter’s use and usefulness further.