Twitter and Bing flirt with each other, renew search deal

By Tom Warren, on 6th Sep 11 10:48 pm with 12 Comments

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:

Bing-Twitter conversation

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.”

  • Anonymous

    I liked the “Get a room” comment you retweeted.

  • Seth_p

    rofl

  • Seth_p

    rofl

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    lol that’s new

  • Anonymous

    That’s a dig @Google:disqus, who lost Twitter search.

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Ill alert @Maurypovich xD

  • Anonymous

    I watching this exchange earlier

  • Henrik

    Even though Google has really deep and advanced search result (and therefor also A LOT of spam & shit results), I have always felt that Bing gives me a nicer feeling. There’s an happier aura around Bing that’s nowhere around the stale Google machine. I still use Google the most but I wish for Bing to advance further so I can switch full-time :-) 

  • Anonymous

    While Google creates new services in an attempt to challenge established leaders, Microsoft continues to work out mutually beneficial strategic relationships with established leaders.

    It’ll be interesting to see which approach ends up being more fruitful …

    • Jinge

      I prefer the 2nd one, as the first one results on “google buy everybody”, and gets bigger and bigger. Others companies cannot compete, then innovation reduces to only google, so go slower… Even if evrytime you say ‘woho google is doing that new thing, cool’, they are in fact killing others innovations…. Don’t like that :(

    • Anonymous

      Oh I would agree.  The irony is that the former used to be the M.O. of MS and people complained that they were stifling creativity with the industry.  Yet that is what Google is doing now and they are celebrated.  :

  • Anonymous

    awesome. I guess google is still hoping people will buy into the googlopoly equivalent buzz. how long is google going to take to learn they are a slow moving giant that can no longer innovate in these new spaces. google should stick to search instead of following the failed path microsoft followed to try and copy every successful service out there to disastrours results.