While Technorati does a great job of searching the blogosphere and keeping up-to-date with “right now” given a blog-centric definition, Summize one-ups Technorati, giving “right now” a Twitter twist — meaning literally seconds. I’d argue that if for no other reason, Twitter’s 140-character limit on tweets means that tweet searching will beat almost any other content source if you’re looking to maximize recency.
You might think: what’s the use in searching 140-character messages? Well, you can learn a lot. Check out a few searches:
- http://summize.com/search?q=xquery is how I learned about both the phptek conference and the new XRX approach to web application development.
- http://summize.com/search?q=Clinton will tell you if Hillary’s still running … and from a quick skim of the tweets it appears that her recent speech left some ambiguity in that regard.
- http://summize.com/search?q=mark-logic provides you with a handful of tweets about Mark Logic, from which you can that our conference is coming up and that we recently hired some high-visibility technical team members, like Norm Walsh.
As an aside, I’d argue that Summize provides yet another example of why technology executives need to spend time staying on top of all the new applications on the web. Why? It’s a bit like differential equations — the concepts build on each other and if you skip class for too many weeks in a row, it’s *really hard* to try and catch back up.
- If you don’t get blogs, you won’t get Blogger
- If you don’t get Blogger and blogs, then you won’t get Technorati
- If you don’t get blogs, then you won’t get Twitter
- If you don’t get Twitter, then you won’t get Summize