Twitter is the new Google

That is, according to this new article I found via Delicious –

http://www.winningtheweb.com/twitter-future-search-google.php

One more reason librarians need to be on Twitter. 

These two quotes caught my eye:

 “Not only is it a way to connect and interact with others, but it also represent a huge pool of information based on everyday human life that’s ready to be mined to extract real value.” 

“With millions of new web pages springing up every day on the Internet, who has the time or attention span to read through it all? We need filters, and that’s what Twitter provides in 140 characters or less. “

So here’s a question – will there be a day soon in which librarians are not only teaching people how to search Google and Yahoo more effectively, but also are teaching folks how to Tweet more effectively?  What would such a session look like?

The article also makes additional (and repeated) mention of how Twitter allows people to search from human experience and people they trust.  This is good if you’re looking for a restaurant – bad for more factual stuff.  I’d like to say I don’t see a future in which people pick up their phones to get information about, say, the War of 1812, but we’re on the cusp of that and I don’t want to be pulling my foot from my mouth in 20 years (or 10 or 5 years).  Anyone know what the APA or MLA citation for a Tweet looks like?

Plus, I can’t help but wonder if it has any future effect on ChaCha which is on a roll in the text message answers department.

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One response to “Twitter is the new Google

  1. Hi there,
    Thanks for the mention of the article. I’m glad that you found it valuable. Your responses are definitely good food for thought.

    As for ChaCha, I wouldn’t say that they’re necessarily “on a roll”. The concept is intriguing but it’s definitely difficult to scale. Twitter is sort of like an automated ChaCha on steroids.

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