Tweeting for History

By Megan Perry

Once you think Google has gone as far as they can go with a simple search engine, they go and defy the odds. Starting on Tuesdays, Google introduced a new search feature for historical tweets. Yes, tweets. The conversations exchanged over the popular social networking site Twitter.

In a way, I think this is actually a pretty intriguing idea. In the world we live in today, social networking and blogging have totally sky-rocketed. Online conversation is everywhere. Even though words said are not always coming from the most reliable sources, it is still public opinion. In just a click of a few words, I can look up any conversation on the topic of presidential elections. With this information, I would be able to see a part of history not represented in a textbook. This would be the people’s views and general consensus.

How it works?  A user  narrows in on any topic and just recaps anything that was chatted about on Twitter on the topic. Whenever the user puts in a search terms, he or she goes to the ‘search-results page to the ‘Show’ option. Then just select ‘Updates.’

A chart will show up allowing users to zone in on any particular year, month, or day. On the chart it will also show how much Twitter activity occurred on the subject.

I see this yet another new step in the rise of technology. Already social networking has taken over by storm. Now it has become a source to learn and examine.

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~ by bakerumedia on April 20, 2010.

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