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- Have you ever had a thought and shared it on Twitter without writing it down?
- Had a disagreement with someone over something they tweeted?
- Shared a link through a retweet but didn’t yourself bookmark it?
- Forgot to note down who has shared your content a lot in the past who might deserve some reciprocation?
I can remember when Friendfeed was first introduced and one of the primary reasons to use Friendfeed was as a searchable backup of what you said on Twitter.
Unfortunately it still isn’t very good at finding every mention of one of your blog posts.
I don’t believe Twitter has the resources to come up with a better search engine than Google for their content.
As you will see in later videos, Twitter has barriers in place that actually prevent indexing.
At time of writing, Google’s indexation of tweets only goes back as far as Mid October 2009 – here are 2 searches on tweets from that period.
Go back to the beginning of October and valuable tweets aren’t even picked up on my personal Blogcatalog pages, but they still appear on tag pages for long-tail terms.
I am glad my content gets syndicated (with permission) by Blogcatalog, otherwise it wouldn’t exist any more.
It is not just Blogcatalog – here is one only Favstar remembers
I am going to give my Andy Beard profile there a boost with a link as otherwise content might get lost.
My 7 Day Ultimatum to Twitter is deadly serious – many people effectively use Twitter as their only sharing/bookmarking service.
On a daily basis I find myself searching Gmail often for information from 4 years ago – Gmail has never failed me, and one of the advantages of Google Buzz (my profile), despite the “noise” (mainly from tweets & Friendfeed cross syndication) is that any contribution you make will be findable a year from now.
Here is a link to any conversation for this post on Buzz