I was looking through some of the referral traffic from Pulse2.com and I discovered one of the hits came from Bing.com/twitter. Microsoft is being quiet about the service as of right now which is why they are calling it Twitter Beta. The URL of the service is http://www.bing.com/twitter/. The original Microsoft and Twitter deal was announced on October 21.
At the top of Bing Twitter is a list of the hottest topics on Twitter. For example a lot of people are searching for MP34FREE, New Moon, Thanksgiving, AMAs, Black Friday, and Bengals right now on Twitter. Underneath the Hottest Topics are a list of blog posts being tweeted about that are related to each of those topics.
The two most recent tweets by Twitter users are displayed beneath those blog post links and Bing gives you the option to retweet it by clicking this icon:
When you conduct a Twitter search on Bing, there are results for blog post links and the 4 latest tweets related to the keyword(s) you entered. Once again the blog post links have the two latest related tweets underneath them. The 4 latest tweets related to the keyword(s) you entered is collected in real-time from Twitter.
I did a search on the keyword “Twitter” and the 4 latest tweets were changing about every minute. There is an option to “See more Tweets about” the keyword you enter in case you missed one of the results that you liked.
What are your thoughts about Bing Twitter search? Do you foresee yourself using this service often? What is your Twitter application preference? Let us know in the comments. I personally like TweetDeck the most.