Follow the search Engines (on Twitter)

Thu 26 February 2009 12:55, Bas van den Beld

Twitter is more and more becoming a channel on which companies can get in touch with their (potential) users. If you're interested in searchengines there are a lot of twitterers you can follow to get news from the industry. But what are the search engines doing on Twitter themselves? It's about time for an overview.

With the tweet "I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010" today Google 'officially' entered Twitter. Though a lot of subchannels already existed, the account http://twitter.com/google is now finally in use. They were being welcomed by Yahoo who already had an account.

Follow the search Engines (on Twitter)

The major search engines
I took a look at the major search engines. Are they present on Twitter? Are they updating? The result was quite shocking actually. Google just 'entered' Twitter, but already had a lot of channels present, same goes for Yahoo, but Microsoft is a lot less active. Ask and AOL are not using Twitter:

http://twitter.com/google (new)
http://twitter.com/yahoo
http://twitter.com/Live_Search
http://twitter.com/AskDotCom (hardly used)
http://twitter.com/aol (only 1 update)

New and vertical search engines
New and vertical search engines are popping up, with Searchme and Mahalo as example of how being active on the web can help you get users. Other search engines which are active:

http://twitter.com/searchmeinc
http://twitter.com/answers (mahalo)
http://twitter.com/powerset
http://twitter.com/wikipedia
http://twitter.com/technorati

But there are also 'smaller ones' that hardly or not use Twitter at all:
http://twitter.com/lycos (1 update in 2007)
http://twitter.com/hotbot (0 updates)
http://twitter.com/cuil (only 3 updates since july 08)
http://twitter.com/wikia

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Channels
A trend is that the search engines set up different account for different channels. One for Google Images, one for GoogleWebmaster etcetera. Google and Yahoo are very active with that:

Google:
http://twitter.com/googleimages
http://twitter.com/googlereader
http://twitter.com/googlefinance
http://twitter.com/ChromeBrowser
http://twitter.com/googleapps
http://twitter.com/GoogleWebmaster
http://twitter.com/InsideGoogle
http://twitter.com/google_apps

Yahoo
http://twitter.com/yahoomovies
http://twitter.com/yahoo_sports
http://twitter.com/yahoo_directory
http://twitter.com/YahooResearch
http://twitter.com/YahooGeo
http://twitter.com/yahoonews_odd
http://twitter.com/YahooBuzz
http://twitter.com/yahoofood
http://twitter.com/YahooNoticias
http://twitter.com/YahooDeportes
http://twitter.com/yahoofinance
http://twitter.com/yahoo_music
http://twitter.com/yahoosearch (0 updates!)

Other search engines with different channels are:

Mahalo
Wikipedia
Microsoft:
http://twitter.com/adCenterRep
http://twitter.com/windowslive
http://twitter.com/LiveEarth

Unofficial
When a company is 'hot', everybody wants to take a part in it. Therefore you can find a lot of 'unofficial' twitteraccounts who make use of the name and content of the search engines. An extract of those:

Yahoo:
http://twitter.com/yahoosearchdata
http://twitter.com/YSearchFE
http://twitter.com/YahooUKEditor

Google:
http://twitter.com/GoogleWatchB (German)
http://twitter.com/google_blog
http://twitter.com/aboutgoogle (new)
http://twitter.com/GoogleGadget (not used since 2007)

Claimed / not or hardly used
Some search engines, like Mahalo for example, are present at all on Twitter but couldn't 'grab' the default Twittername because someone already claimed the name before they did. So don't get fooled by these:

http://twitter.com/baidu (Chinese girl)
http://twitter.com/microsoft (0 updates, look at the @gmail e-mailadress)
http://twitter.com/searchme
http://twitter.com/inktomi (person from Beijing)
http://twitter.com/flickr
http://twitter.com/mahalo (someone from Tokyo)
http://twitter.com/info

Not existing
There are still a couple of names 'for grab' with search engines who are (still) working but not on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/yandex
http://twitter.com/altavista

Off course, people from the search engines are present online, but It was quite surprising to see that only a few (Yahoo, Google, Mahalo and Searchme) are making full use of Twitter.


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Comments (1)

 

  • Nice Post. Awesome collection of Twitter profiles. I made little changes in this post and blogged it in my blog(mentioned you as source)

    Thanks
    Sankar Datti

    Vr 27 feb 2009, 12:54

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