Twitter Search to Become “Discovery Engine”

Today Twitter co-founder Biz posted a blog post outlining the details of their new “Discovery Engine,” which is basically search built into your home page.

Apparently the folks at Twitter have realized that search.twitter.com isn’t the greatest implementation of search ever and want to change that.

Biz says that currently, a small number of Twitter users are already trying the new search feature in the sidebar of their Twitter home page and that when they do a search the relevant tweets instantly show up right on their home page.

Twitter has also commented on the “save” search feature, allowing you to save searches you’ll do regularly and trends, which is basically the same thing you get currently on search.twitter.com.

The only disappointing bit of news is that it’s not set for a scheduled release and will be available “as soon as possible.”

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Digg Launches DiggBar, StumbleUpon-ish Toolbar

Today Digg announced that they’ll begin rolling out a new product they’re calling the DiggBar.

According to Digg, the DiggBar allows you to:

  1. Digg directly on the destination site: No more awkward toggling between the story page and Digg.
  2. Easily share stories: You can now create a shortened Digg URL to share on Twitter, Facebook or via email. You can also type digg.com/ before the URL of any page you’re on to create a short URL.
  3. Access additional analytics: See how many times a story has been viewed.
  4. View comments while on the story page: Clicking the ‘Comments’ button expands the DiggBar to show the top comment, latest comment, and most controversial without leaving the page.
  5. Discover related stories: Clicking the ‘Related’ button expands the DiggBar to highlight similar stories.
  6. See more stories from the same source: Clicking the ‘Source’ button expands the DiggBar to show you more Digg stories from that source site.
  7. Discover random stories: Click the ‘Random’ button and you’ll be brought to an entirely new, unexpected story.

Digg has also published a video of Digg founder Kevin Rose talking about the new DiggBar.

For now the DiggBar also includes a feedback button so you can tell them how it is and they’ve also hinted at some big changes to Digg search and the inclusion of using Digg urls automatically in Twhirl.

At first glance the DiggBar certainly looks similar to StumbleUpon’s new download-less toolbar and might mean certain death for StumbleUpon’s rumored short-url service su.pr, Digg might have once again one-uped the competition.

Twits That’ll Teach You Something

Today Mashable posted a list of 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education, the list was kind of long, so here it is in a nut shell:

I can’t make any promises to teach you anything, but it would be great if you followed @Duhh too!

SMS is Gone, But Everything Will Be OK

Two days ago Twitter came out and said that they would no longer be “delivering outbound SMS over our UK number.” Meaning that everyone not in the US, India and Canada wouldn’t be able to receive updates to their phone, while users can still send messages to the UK number for them to be posted on Twitter you’ll have to go online to read your friends tweets.

Twitter took a lot of flock for their decision and some user suggested twitter was “90% less useful” for users not in the US, India and Canada.

Eventually Evan responded, saying that Twitter was still a global service. (As long as your in the US, India or Canada)

Eventually tonight Twitter decided to stop taking all the criticism siting down and post to the Twitter blog with a lot of mumbo jumbo about how few users were being effecting by this. Overall this shows the weakness of Twitter, their evident lack of a revenue model for funding a better service.

Twitter Buys Summize

As expected Twitter had bought Summize as announced by the Twitter blog. Unfortunatly for the guys behind Summize the Twitter search platform will no longer be Summize and the Summize domain now points to Search.Twitter.com.

In the post however Twitter neglected to mention what Twitter will do now that they can’t use the Summize servers and api to lessen the strain on Twitters own.

This does bring the happy news of search integrated on every page of twitter.

People Don’t Care About Twitter Downtime

TechCrunch once said that Twitter may not have to worry about uptime any more because “I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me.” After hours of downtime every month and even if the early adopters have migrated to Friendfeed the masses are content to stay and wait it out.

Hitwise has released their latest Twitter usage data, and despite the recent and multiple appearances by the fail whale Twitter is showing some resilience. That share of users that return to Twitter is the same at around 55%. Even through the constant downtime and missing features no one cares enought to try out any competing services.

Twitter site traffic is also growing, going from .0004% of all internet traffic in January to .0024% in July with Twitter’s nearest competitor seeing about 1/10th of that.

For some reason people just wont leave Twitter no matter how badly they screw up, most likely, because their friends are already there.

Twitter might buy Summize

Summize is a service that allows you to search Twitter conversations in real time, and for awaile now Summize has been one of the four third party developers with access to their XMPP stream.

Twitter in the past had also directed smaller third party developers to Summize to help reduce the load on Twitter’s own XMPP.

Earlier this month Summize employee’s have been seen at Twitter HQ and now some say Twitter might buy Summize. Unfortunatly even thought Summize as already built a reliable Twitter search engine Twitter would no longer be able to direct app developers to Summize to reduce the Twitter XMPP load.