Twitter = Fastest Growing Search Engine

By Erik Qualman

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Twitter Founder Biz Stone at Aspen Ideas Festival announced that Twitter now has over 800 million search queries per day.

Twitter Search Data

Twitter's monthly searches now surpass Yahoo and Bing combined

This is up 33% from April, where at Twitter’s Chirp conference Stone said Twitter was serving 600 million search queries per day. This roughly equates to 24 billion searches per month which is more than Bing (4.1) and Yahoo (9.4) combined.

We have indicated all along that Twitter & Facebook would be bigger search competition for Google than Yahoo and Bing. The fact that this is coming to fruition so soon is astounding. Social search and social commerce are becoming reality and it’s a great thing to see. Keep in mind we haven’t even mention YouTube and its social search activity.

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8 responses to “Twitter = Fastest Growing Search Engine

  1. …and if that isn’t a compelling enough reason for business to start taking Twitter seriously (and lots don’t) then I don’t know what is….

    will be quoting this a lot in the next few weeks, I think!


  2. Good point!

    Seriously, Twitter is so freakin fast, no wonder people use it for realtime information. Example: When there was a storm over Germany causing many delays in the public railway system, Twitter was my preferred source of information. No other medium could tell me asap that just few minutes ago Frankfurt Central Station had been closed. Amazing…
    Btw: this also works for train delays and much faster than Deutsche Bahn themselves can provide you with the info….

  3. I miss Ask Jeeves. I know it still exists but I guess it lost the butler feel. We were forced to use that as our primary search engine in middle school. 10 years ago.

    • Robbie:

      Great call on Ask Jeeves!

      Did you know… Reginald Jeeves is a fictional character in the short stories and novels of P. G. Wodehouse, being the “gentleman’s personal gentleman” (valet) of Bertie Wooster (Bertram Wilberforce Wooster).

      Created in 1915, Jeeves would continue to appear in Wodehouse’s works until his final, completed, novel Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen in 1974, making him Wodehouse’s most famous character. The name “Jeeves” comes from Percy Jeeves, a Warwickshire cricketer killed in the First World War.

      Both the name “Jeeves” and the character of Jeeves have come to be thought of as the quintessential name and nature of a valet, butler, or chauffeur, inspiring many similar characters (as well as the name of the Internet search engine Ask Jeeves).

      Anyone miss Excite?


  4. I miss Altavista, whose search marketshare declined 1 for 1 as Google’s increased. So if Twitter becomes competitive with Google, let the sound of Buzz fall flat back to earth. People won’t search in the future to find old webpages in the Google index if they can search for snippets of relevant text in social streams. I miss Altavista. I’m an avid user and fan of Twitter!

  5. Erik,

    Case in point. You tweeted this article on Twitter. I performing keyword searches on Twitter for a client. I found this post link in my stream.

    I find 80%+ of my research material on Twitter by keyword searches & strategically following valuable sources of information like you.

    This article will help support my appearance as a panelist for the Wine Industry Technology Symposium- Thank you so much the timing could not be better!

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