Google Replaying Twitter
In a blog post today, Google is juicing up their Twitter search options with a "replay" type of functionality that will allow users to review a period of time to see what people were tweeting about any given topic, at any point between the present and the launch of the service.
As Google explained in in the post, the reply service could be used to “explore any topic that people have discussed on Twitter. For example, you could relive the trending of hot stories such as the death of Michael Jackson, the passing of healthcare reform legislation or global disasters like the earthquake in Haiti.
Accessible via Google’s advanced search options under “Updates,” users can zoom in on a specific date or date range on a timeline to review tweets from their query.
In a quick test, tweets seem to only go back to February of this year. However, Google plans to offer tweet info going back to the very first one, which took place on March 21, 2006.
This feature adds to Google’s robust, real-time search features, which aggregates tweets as well as Facebook and MySpace updates for queries and breaking news topics. This functionality is possible mostly due to Twitter's data partnerships with Google, Microsoft and, more recently, a number of startups.
It’ll go live for English users within the next few days, according to the blog post, but users can test it here.