Twitter and Facebook Becoming More Searchable as Public Records

Microsoft Bing will now offer search features specifically derived from recent Twitter and Facebook status updates.  With Twitter and Facebook becoming commonly used by politicians and other public figures to communicate with the public, these new search features provide better tools for researching their past statements. Not much has been disclosed about the Facebook version, but the Twitter search is already available and offers the following features:

  • Search results listed as the most tweeted links with corresponding tweets below, as well as most recent tweets for the topic;
  • A tag cloud of the currently most tweeted subjects; and
  • Ranking system for tweet results, determined by the quality of included links, the "social relevance score" assigned to the tweet's author and the number of re-tweets;

For more information about this new Bing search option, read this PC World article.