Twitter isn’t just an interactive platform where everyone and their mother can go to speak their mind in 140-character chunks—it’s a powerful, dynamic tool that can be used for a variety of functions: as a communication tool, real-time news feed, trolling, you name it! For the sake of today’s piece, I’ll give some basic tips on how to use Twitter as a vehicle to learn about SEO. This 101 is for anyone who has either never used Twitter or is simply a dabbler.
At the time this post was written, Twitter reported 284 million monthly active users with more than 500 million Tweets being sent per day (unfortunately we have no real stat on how many accounts are fake or abandoned, but I digress). There’s a staggering amount of content and information being passed through that firehose. But, like most things in life, it’s not about consuming all the content, but the best content. The bigger the “signal” the higher likelihood there is for “noise.”
Update: Since this post was written, many things have changed. You don’t need this Greasemonkey script to see Tweets in Google’s search engine result pages. It’s now baked in as a Google feature. Here’s what Google’s Twitter powered real time search looks like. Pretty smart move since Twitter is now the second largest search engine.
Oh Twitter, I love thee more than bourbon for breakfast (what?!?!). Thanks to a cool new Greasemonkey script, I love you even more. What is Greasemonkey? Only the coolest Firefox plugin ever built by human hands.
I always like talking about the value of vertical and social searches. There’s also a concept of ‘real time search‘ that I really like. Twitter is essentially that – information is available to find immediately after it’s been posted, and the usual Google delay is history. Is Twitter going to show the same results as our trusted friend Google? No, certainly not. But with thousands and thousands of Tweeters out there, you’re sure to find something pretty cutting edge for many of your queries.
So this new script for Greasemonkey creates a block for Twitter results, and I couldn’t be happier. Best of both worlds if you ask me.
Pick up the script at MT-Hacks.com.