New On Google: Twitter Search Results

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When you want to know something, what do you do? You go to the library? Maybe you ask a friend? Most likely, you go to Google. As great as Google is, though, the information flow is is not as fast as it is on Twitter. But that just changed. Now included on Google - Twitter search results. 

What? Twitter feeds didn't show up on Google? No. A link to a Twitter profile would show up in the search results, but not the latest Tweets.

But, hey, it's the 21st Century, and, well, that might just be the one thing that didn't show up on Google - Twitter search results. 

Jana Messerschmidt, the Vice President of Global Business Development & Platform for Twitter announced the news, and pointed out that using a hashtag in a Google search will pull up search results for that topic directly from Twitter feeds. 

?She also noted that a Google search for Taylor Swift will bring up her most recent Tweets. Although, this function is currently only available on the Google app for iOS and Android, or the mobile web. In other words, if you are at your desktop, you'll need to go directly to Twitter to find out what Taylor Swift is up to. 

What about Retweets? Retweets do not appear to be included in these new Google Twitter search results. The announcement from Twitter also points out that this integration is currently only available in the United States, and in English.

However, Twitter and Google intend to expand this to other languages and other countries in the near future. 

What do these new search results mean for you? Well, for one thing, you'll need to check those attitude Tweets at the door. Seriously. Momma always said if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything.

Well, guess what? She was right. 

You probably know by now that what happens on the internet lives forever. Yes, you can delete a Tweet, or hide it, but once it ends up in a Google Twitter search, it is indexed for life. For most of us, this means that our comment about the pizza burning the roof of our mouths can be read for years to come by anyone who cares. Of course, I can't imagine too many people will care to read about our burned palates. 

However, that snarky comment about your boss? You know, the one you wrote while you were mad and wanted to quit your job? Yeah, that one is now on Google. On the other hand, if you are looking for followers, this could be your ticket to stardom. Perhaps not a Taylor Swift level of stardom, but stardom nonetheless. 

Ah, but what's in it for me? It's a little early to tell, but there is potential for growing your Twitter following quite a bit. Before this partnership, you could be found through hashtags, groups, direct searches, or through friends. Now you can be found on Google, more than before, at least in theory.

Incidentally, Taylor Swift has over 58 million followers on Twitter. The VP from Twitter that I mentioned earlier? 28,343. Do you think the mention of T-Swift will bring more visits to her Twitter feed?

Google Senior Product Manager, Ardan Arac mentioned that the integration will allow "organizations and people on Twitter to reach a global audience at the most relevant moments." Twitter already has a great search function, and there are search apps specifically designed for Twitter. With the integration of Google, Twitter search results may have just skyrocketed from, say 2010 to the top of the 21st Century. 

With the speed of information exchange and the reach and power of Google, it will be interesting to see what happens with this partnership.