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Twitter, Yahoo News mashup stitches social commentary to realtime search

Submitted by on January 16, 2009 – 10:54 amOne Comment


Once again, Twitter proves itself as a fantastic service made even sweeter when clever people find ingenious ways to work the API. Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch posts a case in point; Vik Singh, a developer on Yahooo’s BOSS team, has mashed up Yahoo news with related tweets. Kincaid’s verdict:

“The result is a news engine that is significantly more timely than common news aggregators like Google News and Yahoo’s standard news site.”

Blogging about the experiment, Singh writes:

“There’s something very interesting here …Twitter as a ranking signal for search freshness may prove to be very useful if constructed properly. Definitely deserves more exploration – hence this service, which took < 100 lines of code to represent all the search logic thanks to Yahoo! BOSS, Twitter’s API, and the BOSS Mashup Framework.

To sum up, the contributions of this service are: (1) Real-time search + freshness (2) Stitching social commentary to authoritative sources of information (3) Another (hopefully cool) BOSS example.”

Elsewhere on the web:

Here’s a shocker for anyone in the business of community platforms: a couple of days ago, Jeremiah Owyang conducted a quick and unscientific survey to poll the level of awareness around community platform taglines. The verdict? “The vendors in this space, at least by tagline are for the most part, indistinguishable, I can back this up with my frequent client calls of brands asking for vendor recommendations and general confusion on who does what.” The rest of the findings are here.

When Tesco hops on the Twitter wagon, you know it’s time other corporates started paying attention. Via PSFK, we learn the supermarket’s US arm Fresh and Easy has begun experimenting with Twitter as a social media channel for keeping in touch with its customers. I wonder how long it will be before each Tesco store manager has their own Twitter feed to plug into the hyperlocal trend…

Now here’s a new tool that’s not a moment too soon in arriving (when it eventually launches, that is) – Lifestream Backup. As Rick Turoczy at ReadWriteWeb rightly points out, this is only the beginning of the social web, and saving our social interactions for future reference is set to become very big business indeed.

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