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April 06, 2009


I think you're on to something, though what you mentioned about placing search in its own interface is something Twitter seems to be doing the exact opposite of with their latest interface tests. Lately they've actually been working to build the search results into your main interface, thus keeping you in familiar territory.

Your mention about hashtag lookups is exactly why myself and the other guys at Microblink cooked up What the Hashtag?! as an encyclopedia for Twitter hashtags. We're still working out additional features and trying to build traction, but the basics are certainly in place.

I'd be surprised if Twitter didn't start scooping up some of these third-party developed services, tools and apps and rolling them under their own brand, as they did with Summize/Twitter Search. They stand to gain more from them monetarily if those tools reside in-house.

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