Recently, as breaking news is, well, breaking (see: #balloonboy), I've found myself bypassing Google, Bing or any other major search provider when seeking information about said news. Instead, I often head to Twitter.com to see what people or news outlets have to say about the topic. It appears as though I'm not the only one either.
Just about an hour ago, Google announced that they'll begin to include Twitter updates in their primary search results.
"In the past few years, an entirely new type of data has emerged — real-time updates like those on Twitter have appeared not only as a way for people to communicate their thoughts and feelings, but also as an interesting source of data about what is happening right now in regard to a particular topic. Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results."
This should help to enable users like you and me to find pretty much any type of information all in one place. Now, if only Bing would follow-suit...
Read more on Google's official blog.
Update: turns out I missed that Bing actually debuted the same functionality earlier today at the Web 2.0 Summit... before Google did.. which has become a pretty common theme over the last few months. To the left is a glimpse of Twitter updates inside a Bing results page.