Twitter isn’t just your friends hobby to let people know what they are eating for dinner any more. It is fast becoming a real time resource for information and that’s seen in the fact that it is the worlds fastest growing search engine:
Twitter now reaches some 800 million search queries per day. That’s over 24 billion searches per month, more than Bing (4.1 billion) and Yahoo (9.4 billion) combined.
While Stone’s company is still a long way off from Google, which supports around 88 billion search queries per month, Twitter is quickly catching up. Since last April, Twitter searches are up 33%. To put that in perspective, a study by Nielsen last year concluded that Bing was the fastest-growing search engine in the U.S. after it ballooned over 22%. Now it seems Twitter has taken the title.
That’s some impressive growth. I use twitter as a research tool and find the search capabilities extremely effective. Google has even tried to get in on things by launching their own twitter archive service:
The new Twitter archive search allows users to enter any keyword or phrase and see what was being said on Twitter about it over time or on a particular day (and even a particular hour or minute during that day). For example you could search on “Obama health care reform” or “Iran Election” or “Lindsey Vonn” and so on. Results are displayed like traditional Google.com search results together with a timeline that shows peaks and valleys of activity on Twitter.
As more people realize the potential the twitter search holds, we should see continued growth.