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:
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?