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Twitter Discovery Engine?

April 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

I wandered over to Techmeme a bit late today and was greeted with a blaring headline from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone: “The Discovery Engine Is Coming “. Twitter, search, and discovery–that’s enough to earn a click-through from me! But I’m not quite sure what they have in mind.

They say that their integrated search will look something like this 2008 sketch:

Search integration sketch from early July 2008

Hmm. That still feels like their current search to me, only with a different layout. Am I missing something here? When I hear “discovery”, I expect something a bit more exploratory. What I’m reading leads me to believe that they’re working on tightening up the interface, but that they’re not making any significant changes to the functionality. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful about improvements to a service I’m not even paying for, but I am a bit disappointed.

Is there more to this? After all, the blogosphere seems really excited about it, and I’d like to be too. Can anyone help me out?

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeremy Kriegel // Apr 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    You’re just used to working with more mature discovery tools. Chalk this one up to ‘marketing buzzword.’

  • 2 dave fauth // Apr 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Search results are incorporated into the same page rather than opening a new page. Also can save searches on the same page.

    Not “discovery” as you think of it.

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