Microsoft announced a renewed Bing search deal with Twitter on Tuesday.
The pair hinted at the deal during a Twitter exchange. Bing kicked off proceeding by Tweeting “Hey @Twitter,” followed by “Been thinking about our last 2 yrs together. Instantly tapping into the wisdom of the Twitter community. Good times. ^bb.” The official Twitter account then replied with “Totally! Search w/o Twitter = old news. You & @MSN are amazing at using Tweets to make search better & help people stay in the know.” The full dialog can be seen below, thanks to TheNextWeb:
Neither company revealed what the exchange was relating to initially but Bing Director Stefan Weitz jokingly asked both Twitter handles to “get a room” in a Tweet on Tuesday. Weitz also hinted on Monday that “sharp eyes may start seeing some things soon,” in relation to a Bing HTML5 version. Microsoft was expected to make HTML5 Bing available as a beta preview version around the same time as Internet Explorer 9 was made available. Microsoft has so far remained silent on its HTML5 Bing plans after demonstrating the product several times over the past year. The latest test saw a number of live tiles enabled on the home page of Bing.
Bing and Twitter’s flirting on Twitter is related to a deal that the pair implemented two years ago. Bing uses Twitter data for its real time search queries, something that Google had to temporarily disable after failing to establish a new agreement with Twitter. Bing and Twitter both renewed the deal on Tuesday but refused to disclose exact details of the renewal. Weitz confirmed to WinRumors that the companies renewed their deal. “We have renewed our deal,” said Weitz before adding that he believes “there’s value in doing so.”