We knew it was going to happen; now even Microsoft is experimenting with the "phenomenon" called Twitter. Today Microsoft unveiled a fresh new feature that will list the two latest tweets from that user when you search for them on Bing.com.
Microsoft's Sean Suchter, General Manager at the Search Technology Center in Silicon Valley, announced that "Starting later today, when you search for these folks names in association with Twitter, you'll see their latest Tweets come up in real time on Bing's search results. For example, if you type "Kara Swisher Twitter" or "Kara Swisher Tweets" or even "@karaswisher" as your search query, you'll see something like the below. (Note this feature will be rolling out gradually over the course of the next few hours so you may not see it right away.)"
However after using the feature for awhile, users have noticed that the results really aren't real-time updates, which is what the Bing team was aiming for. Do a quick search for "Kara Swisher Twitter" and you will see the following:
However Kara Swisher's latest tweets are:
While Microsoft's attempt is one of the better implementations of Twitter's real time search API, it appears as if the feature needs a bit of work to provide users with real time tweets. Suchter also announced that Bing is not indexing all of Twitter at this time. Only a few thousand accounts are being shown in Bing's search results, and are coming from famous people.