Google Adds Latest Tweet to Search Results

The latest tweets from some Twitter users are now showing up as snippets in Google's search results. They feature the user's Twitter picture, name, message, and when it was posted. Links in tweets also carry over to the SERPs.

For example, search for [kristi hines twitter] (who authored the popular column "Google Panda Update: Say Goodbye to Low-Quality Link Building" yesterday), you get this:

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Seems to be a test, as Google hasn't made an official announcement. Also, this feature only seems like it only shows up if the user has tweeted recently, though the exact timeframe isn't clear yet before it reverts to the usual message that "x is on Twitter. Sign up for Twitter to follow..."

Soshable conducted a test and found tweets showing up within 2 seconds. Google is fast, but not that fast, so Soshable concluded that Google has tied their search results directly into the Twitter API.

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.