By Serena Ehrlich, Director, Social + Evolving Media, Business Wire
Last night, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that it will be reintegrating Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) data into user search results starting in the first half of 2015 in exchange for an unspecified amount of data-licensing revenue.
This partnership will have multiple benefits for Google, Twitter, search users and corporate marketers.
In the past, Google search spiders crawled Twitter’s website, as well as Yahoo! and Bing, to bring tweets into search results, resulting in delays and missed content. This partnership will provide Google direct access to Twitter’s firehose of tweets shared by its 284 million users, therefore allowing Google to provide faster, better search results for users looking for this data.
In addition, as many news outlets report, this partnership could also eliminate the competition growing between Google and Twitter to see which company is used the most for real-time search.
For search users, this change should provide faster, more in-depth access to Tweets utilizing their search phrases.
While perhaps meant as tongue in cheek, Mashable smartly notes this new Google/Twitter integration could increase the length of time a tweet is visible in search, a benefit and a negative to “trigger-happy” users.
Unfortunately, while this agreement provides, faster, direct access to tweets, we have yet to see how Google will weigh and integrate tweets into its search results. Will they be shown as individual results or combined as is the format now with news articles? Or will they stand alone, filling search screens with individual messages. Will weight of the search depend on verified badges or will each tweet have the same amount of “Google Juice?”
We are so excited to see these types of content partnerships take place. Business Wire has been providing access to our clients’ news releases across Google and Twitter for many years now and we look forward to seeing how this new partnership will amplify your content.
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