How the New Deal between Google and Twitter will affect the Indexing of Your Tweets

How the New Deal between Google and Twitter will affect the Indexing of Your Tweets

Earlier this month, Google and Twitter announced that the two companies have come to a deal that is aimed to index real-time tweets into Google’s search results.  Currently, Google does index tweets but does not index them in real-time and according to research done by Stone Temple Consulting, Google only indexes slightly over 7% of all tweets.  This new deal between Twitter and Google will include the indexing of real-time tweets, but it is difficult to tell at the moment if this deal will affect how Google indexes tweets as neither Google nor Twitter have provided many details beyond confirmation of the deal. History between Google and Twitter This new deal is not the first time Google and Twitter have had a relationship concerning real-time tweets.  Google had a search feature called Real-Time Search that was online from 2009 to 2011 that displayed scrolling real-time results from multiple sources at the top of the search results pages for news related searches.  Twitter was the biggest source of results for Real-Time Search and when the contract between Twitter and Google expired in 2011, Real-Time Search went offline.  Since this feature went offline, Google has not had much in the way of real-time results and even though it continued to index tweets, recent research shows that Google only indexes a small percentage of tweets. How Google Currently Indexes Tweets Stone Temple Consulting has recently released the results of their research into how Google currently indexes tweets which some speculate may help shed light on the potential changes of the new deal.  For this study, the team analyzed data from over 135,000...