Realtime search – potential for a richer interface than Google?

By March 3, 2009Google, Search, Twitter

Mark Carey of MT-Hacks has come up with a GreaseMonkey script that adds the results of a Twitter search to the top of your Google results page – and there has been a lot of chatter about it in the blogosphere.  It looks like this:

Now that is pretty cool, and is something you can also get from UK startup Webmynd in a slightly different format (which is what I’m using), but I’m wondering if to unlock the real value in Twitter search we need a more complex interface, maybe even a different interface paradigm.

ReadWriteWeb suggests a couple of improvements to Mark’s service one of which is an RSS feed of results.  I think this hints at where we need to go to get to the real value.

When I’m searching on Google it is interesting to see what has recently been tweeted, but what I’m really interested in seeing on Twitter is what people are saying over a period of time on a single topic.  For example I have a Twitter search set up on Tweetdeck for each of the hottest investment prospects I’m looking at right now – a one off snapshot of what people are saying is interesting, but the real insight comes from keeping an eye on the conversation over a few days or weeks. 

A more common usecase is the run up to a major purchase.  I am starting to think about buying a new TV for my living room.  A tool which allowed me to set up a single Twitter search covering a few of the brands I like and helping me identify some authorities on this topic would be very useful.  The output could be wrapped into an RSS feed or even a daily email.

  • Love the way this is developing. Really highlights the need for a way to search over a period of time for things we don't need an immediate answer on.

  • Love the way this is developing. Really highlights the need for a way to search over a period of time for things we don't need an immediate answer on.

  • Re: 'what I’m really interested in seeing on Twitter is what people are saying over a period of time on a single topic' – agree wholeheartedly on this point and I would certainly be a *paying* customer for such a service (would save us building one when the devel slot opens up!). The benefit of such information just in the travel/tourism vertical is mouth-watering. All that realtime, high quality, localised, specific info that one can host. Pls tell me when you find the service ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Re: 'what I’m really interested in seeing on Twitter is what people are saying over a period of time on a single topic' – agree wholeheartedly on this point and I would certainly be a *paying* customer for such a service (would save us building one when the devel slot opens up!). The benefit of such information just in the travel/tourism vertical is mouth-watering. All that realtime, high quality, localised, specific info that one can host. Pls tell me when you find the service ๐Ÿ˜‰

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