Google 'Replay' Lets You Search Twitter's History
On the same day the Library of Congress announced it would be archiving the world's public tweets, Google announced a new feature that lets users search Twitter's archives and pinpoint a moment in time. According to the Official Google Blog, the 'replay' feature will make it possible to zoom to a specific point in time or date range and find out what people were tweeting about a specific subject. For example, maybe you want to know what people were saying about Tiger Woods on a certain day or maybe you want to find out the latest on health care reform. Just click on 'Updates' under Google's advanced search options and select the desired point in time or date range from the timeline.
At first, you'll only be able to search back to February 2010, but Google plans on expanding soon so that you can search all the way back to the first tweet ever sent on March 21st, 2006. It's great to see Google enhancing Twitter search results, but also problematic that Twitter itself only lets users search through the past seven days of tweets on search.twitter.com.
It's clear that Google sees the value in the utility and relevance of real-time information, whether it comes to breaking news or following trends as they happen. Moves like this, expected to appear for all users shortly, make sifting through tweets and Facebook updates a much more manageable process. [From: Google]