Microsoft Uses Twitter, Facebook Firehose Feeds for Bing Social
Microsoft's Bing team took another stab at making the search engine more social June 9, rolling up Twitter tweets and status updates and shared links from Facebook fan pages. Bing Social can only surface popular shared links from Facebook users in the aggregate form, and only those links from users who have set their status updates to be shared with "everyone." The work shows Bing is working hard to be a relevant player in the real-time and social search categories, which are clearly blurry thanks to the real-time nature of Twitter and the social aspects of Facebook.Microsoft's Bing team moves to make its search engine more social by rolling up Twitter tweets and status updates and shared links from Facebook fan pages into a new Website called Bing Social. Bing began indexing tweets sparingly last July, but kicked it up with the launch of its Bing Twitter Website last October at the Web 2.0 Summit.
At the time, Yusuf Mehdi, the senior vice president of Online Microsoft's Online Audience Business Group, pledged to add data from the Facebook firehose feed to the mix.
The work shows Bing is trying to be a relevant player in the real-time and social search categories, which are clearly blurry thanks to the real-time nature of Twitter and the social aspects of Facebook. Google is offering tweets and content from Facebook and Myspace in real-time. The search giant also sports its own social search effort to drop content created by users directly into their friends' search results. However, it's clear these efforts from Bing and Google are still either practices that warrant time to mature. Or, they could have already lost out to Facebook and Twitter, whose combined networks of some 600 million users are really where users want to share links, photos and video content.