The Twitter In Google… A Wave Between The Two!


Welcome back to  a week dedicated to the Googal in Google. While Google has developed its own tool called Wave it also continues to develop features that compliment twitter. In this midweek post I share with you how Google helps you search for tweets and even find new people to follow. While Google continues to Wave its own micro blog, it also understands the importance of a Tweet. Speaking of tweet, please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans) and I will do the same!  Now lets explore the Twitter in Google! – Mike

OK, why would you want to look at the history of a tweet?  Simple, by looking back at  tweets, users can explore any topic that people have discussed on Twitter. Perhaps you want to know how how the news broke about health care legislation in Congress, what people were saying about Justice Paul Stevens’ retirement, or perhaps the twitters happening with the release of the iPad.  You may want to replay all these tweets to gather information. Perhaps you want to look up information on a new piece of software and find great web links that better explain it. This will be possible with the new replay feature that will be available globally in English within the next couple days. For Google’s  initial release, you will be able to  explore tweets going back to February 11, 2010, and soon after, you will be able to go back as far as the very first tweet on March 21, 2006.  All you will need to do is click on Options (at the top of search results) and Updates (on the left side of search page results). You will get all of the tweets and a history timeline at the top. Move and click the  the history timeline as you wish. For those that want to see it right now , try out this special link and put in your own search term!

Google Labs can always be a lot of fun!  Today, Google announced a new lab tool called Google Follow Finder.  Once you are at the Follow Finder page just enter your  Twitter account name. This new lab tool will publish a  list of people you might be interested in following. Get other suggestions  from Google by entering other Twitter user names. If the Google Follow Finder displays someone you want to follow, just click “Follow on Twitter,” log in, and that person will be added to your following list in Twitter. Google claims that ” this integration is based on Twitter’s new @anywhere frameworks, which make it easy for any site to add Twitter functionality”.  The lists in Google Follow Finder are generated by using public following and follower lists on Twitter. The idea is pretty cool, although being a new Google Lab feature I do think there are some bugs to tweet out.

Thanks for joining me  for another look at the Googal in Google!  As always please take a moment to share with others and I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans).  I will do the same and we can tweet each other towards new discoveries in 21st Century Learning! I also invite you to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and to also visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki,  filled with great information! Have a great week and take a moment to watch your own tweets in Google! – Mike

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