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Google has announced that they have partnered with Twitter to allow your Twitter messages – known as “tweets” – to be searchable in real-time on Google. This means that as soon as you say something publicly on Twitter, it will instantly be available to millions and millions of people who don’t know you – or who do – in their Google search results.
In announcing the inclusion of real-time Tweets in Google search results, Google explains “we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you’ll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.”
Perhaps the best thing about having Twitter users’ tweets show up in Google search results in real time is that at last, maybe, Twitter users will actually get that what they say in Twitter is truly public, and they won’t be surprised when Aunt Tilly, their ex-husband, and their current or future employer have looked over their Twitter shoulder and seen what they’ve said.
Now if only we could get Facebook users to be more conscious of the same thing.
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