While maybe not the most creative of names, BingTweets are just what they sound like - a combination of Microsoft's Bing search engine and Twitter messages coming together in a new site.
"Many people share their thoughts on Twitter, and search engines don’t currently do a great job of capturing that real-time content. We designed Bing to help you make faster, more informed decisions, and, since people often turn to real-time content to help them make decisions, BingTweets was a logical next step," Microsoft wrote on Bing's community blog.
To give an example, Microsoft said that as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince opens, surfers can scan the official reviews, local theater listing, and get the scoop from the latest Tweets related to the movie, all in one fell swoop.
In its early form, the BingTweet website shows a list of popular terms at the top of the page grouped into different categories, and a search box sits to the right. Once you search for a term, the results are listed in typical Bing fashion taking up the majority of the page, with a column on the left slowly scrolling through related Twitter messages.
Give it a try right here, then hit the jump and tell us what you think.
When Sony released Godzilla in 1998, the awful loose remake of the 1954 flick Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the movie managed to take in about $74 million in its first week and $380 million worldwide by the time it left theaters. This despite a bad script, poor acting, and what a essentially amounted to a dinosaur flick à la Jurassic Park, only not nearly as entertaining. Sony can be thankful it didn't have to contend with Twitter.
Fast forward a decade and the social networking phenom may have claimed its first box office victim. Universal's Bruno, starring Sacha Baron Cohen from Borat and Ali G fame, took in a respectable $30.4 million in its opening weekend, but was on pace to collect substantially more. After amassing $14.4 million on Friday, Bruno went into free-fall mode dropping nearly 40 percent in its second day, to $8.8 million. Ice Age 3, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, The Proposal, and The Hangover -- the other 5 movies on th chart -- all saw big increases from Friday to Saturday.
Was Twitter really to blame? Hit the jump to find out!
Facebook dragged social aggregator Power.com to court about six months ago. Though the news was soon followed by whispers of an out-of-court settlement being near, there has been none. Power.com has now decided to take the fight to the opposition by countersuing it.
Power.com allows users to manage their accounts on some of the major social networks on the internet – it removed Facebook after it got sued - through its website. Users don’t even need to register to use the website; instead, they can log in using the id/password combination they use to access any one of their accounts on MySpace, Hi5, Orkut, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Facebook had accused Power.com of using its data without securing prior consent. The former was mainly rankled by the fact that Power.com was storing user credentials.
Power.com has accused Facebook of obstructing users from transferring their data in the fashion they see fit. The social aggregator has requested the court to order Facebook to cease such unlawful, anticompetitive practices and to award monetary damages to the plaintiffs (defendants in the original suit filed by Facebook). Why don’t you be the judge, jury and executioner in the comments section? Give us your take on Data Portability.
Old school adventure gamers who own an Apple iPhone may soon have reason to raise up a mug of grog, and those who have never matched wits with LeChuck might be in for a treat. In a not-so-subtle Twitter update, LucasArts stopped just short of saying it would release The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on the iPhone.
"For our Monkey fans - an iPhone sized wallpaper. No reason. Wink wink nod nod," LucasArts tweeted.
LucasArts plans to release the remastered adventure game for the PC and Xbox 360 on July 15th, just two days from now, and the Twitter message is being seen as a (strong) hint that the game will also find its way to the iPhone, though it's anyone's guess as to when that might be.
The remastered title will feature high definition graphics, original cast member voice-overs, renewed music score, a new interface, an in-game hint system, and the ability to switch between Special Edition and Classic Modes at any time during gameplay, LucasArts says.
"Be careful of investing here," he told Reuters when prodded about the possibility of News Corp acquiring Twitter. He was speaking upon his arrival at the Sun Valley media and technology conference. “Hell no,” was his terse, emphatic reply when asked about his willingness to sell MySpace. He even took a dig at Facebook by likening it to a humdrum “directory.”
In a recent flub, Twitter has unfortunately suspended hundreds to thousands of accounts with little or no reason whatsoever.
Twitter has come clean about the whole issue, stating on their blog, “Earlier today, we accidentally suspended a number of accounts. We regret the human error that led to these mistaken suspensions and we are working to restore the affected accounts—we expect this to be completed in the next several hours.”
So, if you find yourself amongst the suspended, be sure to enter a ticket as soon as you can. Chances are good that plenty of accounts were suspended, so you may as well help them find and correct their mistake.
In what appears to be a desperate dig for traffic, Bing has decided to add Twitter messages to their search results in an attempt to take some market share from Google.
“We’re not indexing all of Twitter at this time… just a small set of prominent and prolific Twitterers to start. We picked a few thousand people to start, based primarily on their follower count and volume of tweets. We think this is an interesting first step toward using Twitter’s public API to surface Tweets in people search,” wrote Microsoft search general manager Sean Sucher. These results will appear in a separate box alongside the normal search results within Bing.
Ultimately, it’s not too surprising to see Microsoft do this – considering how Google has already admitted defeat in the real-time information race with Twitter.
Celebrities have been dropping like flies in recent weeks, with Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and Billy Mays all having parted ways with the living. If you follow feeds on Twitter, you may have thought a lot more passed on, making you wonder if there really is something unsanitary flowing in Hollywood's water. That's because hackers have been gaining access to celebrity accounts and sending out bogus death notices for the likes of Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Goldblum, and P. Diddy.
"Britney has passed today," the fake tweet announced on Sunday. "It is a sad day for everyone. More news to come."
After learning of the message, Spears' staff tweeted that the pop singer's account had been compromised and that "She is fine and dandy spending a quiet day at home relaxing."
To gain access to celebrity accounts, hackers took advantage of a vulnerability allowing them to try every pin combination possible until one worked. Twitter claims a "fix has been put in place to prevent ths from happening."
The Japanese have peculiar tastes, be it in video games or gadgets. The whimsical idiosyncrasies of a group of Japanese technology enthusiasts with very peculiar tastes have manifest themselves in the form of the Akiduki Pulse box, a device that automatically tweets your heart rate to your buddies. The user needs to press a particular button for a few seconds to send his heart rate to his friends on Twitter. The device, which has been developed by a group named Koress Project, is open source. The group intends to commercialize the device at some point in the future. The Akiduki Pulse box may one day emerge as the world’s first fully automated web-based death announcement device.
Twitter has been one of the hottest topics in the past several years, being linked to everything from potential terrorists attacks to celebrity slugfests, and even an upcoming Twitter-based reality show. Turns out it's also pretty effective marketing tool capable of boosting sales by millions of dollars.
Try $3 million, to be exact, which is how much Dell said Twitter helped the OEM rake in from followers who clicked through its posts. Of those sales, Dell made $1 million in the past 6 months alone.
"We're going to watch it over time to make sure it's tracking at the right level," said Lionel Menchaca, Dell's chief blogger. "It is trending upward and that's what we're going to be looking at overall."
Compared to Dell's $12.3 billion revenue for Q1 of this year, $3 million in sales doesn't seem like much. But no matter how much the world's second largest PC maker brings in, it's tough to scoff at millions of dollars, especially for those from the outside looking in and wondering what Twitter can do for them.