It would seem that the power of Twitter and other microblogging sites is having an impact on Google especially in the development of new products!
We only recently showed you how to dominate searches through social media profiles, which seems like great timing with a report from CNET News that Google is preparing a microblog search engine for finding Tweets.
While recently browsing through the Google in Your Language Site (GIYL), the folks at the Google Operating System blog recently stumbled across a big hint to this rumour.
The GIYL site allows individual users to help translate Google’s products into languages they are currently not offered in and here is what was found:
What is being requested above is for the phrase “Recent updates about Query” to be translated, describing it as the “MicroBlogsearch Universal result group header text”. Hmmm, interesting!
This isn’t the first time Google have hinted at a microblog search engine. Just recently, Marissa Mayer discussed the significance of Twitter and other social media site to Google:
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.
There has been no official word from Google yet, so at this stage the rumour will remain just that – a rumour! But if we hear anymore whisperings we will be sure to keep you updated.