Google IS a real time searchengine?

Mon 3 August 2009 12:30, Bas van den Beld

Google IS a real time searchengine?

Forget the everlasting discussion about Twitter being a search engine. Do you think searchengines like Twingly might be the future? Is BingTweets the tool to watch? Probably not. It's going to be same old same old. At least, if Google is really doin what it seems to be doing.

We have noticed Google indexing the web faster and faster. Within minutes we now get alerts on articles we've just written. But ok, we now our site is indexed well, we do SEO. But what about Twitter. Our 'big brother' DutchCowboys found out this morning that Google is indexing Twitter. Within minutes. Has Google become that real time search engine?

What went on this morning? DutchCowboys' chief editor Henk de Hooge posted a Twitter message on the DutchCowboys Twitteraccount, when he spotted an article on TechCrunch. Only a few minutes later he got a Google alert. In that alert Google showed the just posted tweet.

Off course Henk immediately checked the Google index and yes, the tweet was indexed already and could be found in the search results.
A remarkable result. Google indexed the tweets within minutes after it was written, that means it can compete with the 'real time searchengines' which are already working the web. But could there be a reason for this? A little research shows that there are not many other tweets which are indexed. Why is this one indexed and are others not?
One theory could be the fact that the link in the tweet goes to a Google-owned domain. However a search on some other Tweets pointing to Google-pages show up blank. So for now it's not clear why Google is indexing this tweet so fast.

One thing is for sure though. If Google is indexing tweets and doing it in the speed we just saw, that will change the entire scene of real time search. And it will change the way some companies will be writing their tweets...


After some research with some of the industries bigger names it turns out Google does index tweets more often, we just don't see it that much. Danny Sullivan pointed me to the fact this isn't new.

However, with the ongoing speed Google is indexing the web and especcially Twitter it will be interesting to see if Google can be a part of "real time" search with their regular search engine.

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