Categories: Twitter

LinkedIn Boards the Twitter Train

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 09

These days, it seems that everyone wants to be pals with Twitter, the microblogging phenom. On the morning of Oct. 21, Microsoft announced a deal for its Bing search engine…

Google Search Guru Singhal: We Will Try Outlandish Ideas

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 02

Inside Google’s search quality group, Amit Singhal runs the core ranking team, which is responsible for those algorithms you hear so much about. The team ran some 6,000 experiments last…

Google’s Udi Manber: Search Is About People, Not Just Data

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 01

Udi Manber, Google’s vice-president of technology for core search, joined the company almost four years ago after stints running Amazon.com’s A9 search project and serving as chief scientist at Yahoo….

Can Google Stay On Top of the Web? An Inside Look

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 01

Google’s search engine is often described as a black box thanks to the veil of secrecy the company places over the mathematical formulas that determine what results we see in…

DC Metro: How Not to Use Twitter

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 21

Twitter and Washington, D.C.’s Metro transit system would seem to be made for each other. Metro customers need real-time status information, especially given the system’s recent bout of large and…

Facebook Takes Aim at Twitter, Buys FriendFeed

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 10

Anybody who was still wondering if Facebook had noticed the rapid rise of Twitter need wonder no more. Today, Facebook announced it’s buying FriendFeed, the news- and information-sharing service founded…

Microsoft Adds Some Twitter Updates to Bing Search

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 01

In a nod to the increasing importance of real-time search, Microsoft has started adding Twitter updates to its Bing search engine. For now, the Twitter-related results are limited only to…

Facebook To Introduce New, Simpler Privacy Settings

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 01

Facebook today introduced a test of new ways for its members to set and adjust their privacy settings for any piece of content they post on the site. The changes…

Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 18

Remember not so very long ago how amazed you were that Google could return so many useful search results in just a split-second? Today, that kind of speed isn’t…

UPDATED: Twitter & Swine Flu: All Noise, No Signal

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 27

Updated 4/28, 10:30 am EDT The discussion, if you can call it that, of swine flu under the #swineflu hashtag at Twitter is growing more inane as developments get scarcer….

Report: Google in Talks to Buy Twitter? Update: Probably Not

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 03

Google is in talks to buy the hot microblogging service Twitter, according to Mike Arrington at TechCrunch, who cited two unnamed sources in a post late Thursday. How far along…

Twitter to Expand Search Via Discovery Engine

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 02

Twitter, the microblogging phenom, has been testing a search function for several weeks with a few selected users, so you can find out what people are talking about right now….

It’s Official: Twitter Hires Ex-Google Designer Douglas Bowman

Posted by: Spencer Ante on March 30

Turns out the Web rumors were true for once. In a meeting last Friday afternoon in Twitter’s San Francisco office, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told me that the company had…

SXSW: Facebook’s Morin on Twitter

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on March 16

Earlier this month, Facebook senior platform manager Dave Morin shot an e-mail to TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth, asking him if he could build a new version of his program…

With $35 Million More in the Bank, What’s Next for Twitter?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 13

It appears the venture funding market isn’t closed for everyone, not even Web 2.0 startups with no apparent revenue plan. Twitter, the white-hot microblogging service, just raised more than $35…

Seven Twitter Addicts Explain Twitter (Video)

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on February 12

What is Twitter? Is it a publishing medium, like a blog? Is it a marketplace? Or is it more of a club? Judging by the bizarre mix of attendees to…

Twitter: Growing Business Use?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 25

I get a steady stream of emails from Twitter notifying me that someone has started following my posts (swildstrom, if you’re interested) on the microblogging service. I’m never sure just…

Election Night Twitter: Good News, Bad News

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 04

It looks like Twitter, which has had a tendency to collapse under heavy loads, has really got its infrastructure in order. As of 11 pm Eastern, the service was holding…

Twitterific

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on May 08

Will people still micro-blog in the future and, if so, will they do it on twitter? My colleague Stephen Baker is exploring these questions and he is turning to the…

Twitter and Internet Business Models

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 02

Allen Stern at CenterNetworks and others wonder if microblogging phenom Twitter is toast. What’s the business model? they ask. I think Jason Calacanis is right when he says that it…

Twitter in the Funnies

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 31

I know about Twitter, and even use it. But I’m squarely in the Silicon Valley echo chamber. Do you think most of the readers of the comic strip Sally…

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