Google Getting Twitterpated?
With the media-sweetheart microblogging service eyeing the search market, is it any wonder than any mention of any of those buzz words from a Googler gets everybody all excited about Google-Twitter convergence? If that’s not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, check out what Marissa Mayer said in a press conference last week.
We are interested in being able to offer, for example, micro-blogging and micro-messaging in our search. Particularly in Blog Search and possibly in Web Search, but we don’t have any particular plans to announce.
The first reports, from Reuters, didn’t feature an exact quotation, so the first stories on this subject focused on the Reuters line about “integrating microblogging capabilities, such as those popularized by Twitter, into its search product.”
Mayer’s real quotation, of course, makes it clear that at present they’re not in the process of creating a Twitter competitor. But her words do leave room for a lot of integration. Here’s the full quotation, as reported by the LA Times:
What’s really happening in Twitter is that there are a lot of clues in it in terms of what’s happening that’s interesting overall. It’s similar to what we see in Google Trends, where people will often type what they’re interested in into the search box, and we can make some predictions off of that.
So we are interested in being able to offer, for example, micro-blogging and micro-messaging in our search. Particularly in Blog Search and possibly in Web Search, but we don’t have any particular plans to announce.”
So Google is (quite naturally) interested in the real-time trending capabilities of Twitter. While she says there aren’t any plans to announce, it’s clear that the search giant wants to tap into the real-time potential and the mass of Twitter.
So will we see a Twoogle or a Gitter soon as these two popular services start coveting one another’s markets? What do you think?