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May 28, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

Search Engine for Twitter Tweets

I loved how Topsy.com presented themselves in the “About Us” page. The site said that rather than keeping tabs of files, documents and pages, it listens to conversations. Hence, their focus on Twitter tweets that occur in the millions per day. This description made me recall a very good book entitled “The Cluetrain Manifesto” by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger (I love all the books by Rick Levine, e.g. “Hackers”). In that book, it said (and explained) that the internet is all about conversations. It compared it to the olden days (when horses and donkeys were the only modes of transport) of the marketplace where people from lands beyond would visit the marketplace not only to trade their wares but to tell the locals of countless stories about their travels. Which meant that the main reason why people converged in the marketplace was because of the “conversations” that occurred; trading was secondary.

Okay, I know TweetDeck et al does this but Topsy.com isn’t an app you install – it’s like using Google to search for tweets. Cool!

Click here to go to the site.

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