Bing Search Engine Starts Indexing Tweets

Posted Jul 2, 2009

Microsoft Bing wants to give Google a run for its money.  The Bing team believes that if they index real-time data, that will give them a leg up.  The service that has the most real-time data as of right now is Twitter which provides user-generated data, delivered within seconds.

“There has been much discussion of real-time search and the premium on immediacy of data that has been created primarily by Twitter,” stated Microsoft Search Technology Center general manager Sean Suchter.  “Today we’re unveiling an initial foray into integrating more real-time data into our search results, starting with some of the more prominent and prolific Twitterers from a variety of spheres.”

As of right now, only a few prominent Twitter users are being indexed such as Al Gore and Ryan Seacrest.  Eventually the company will expand to other users.  Microsoft is so serious about search engines that they plan to commit about $11 billion over the next 5 years in that technology.