It is interesting to see how twitter users are ranked in search engines. By searching for 'site:twitter.com' on live search, the top 5 accounts are:
- Barack Obama 562k followers
- Jonathan Ross (Wossy) 169k
- Biz Stone 248k
- Pete Cashmore (mashable) 300k
- ev 339k
Google has quite a different story. A search for 'site:twitter.com' produces the following accounts ranked from the top:
There appears to be a clear difference in ranking criteria. Googles' top ranked Twitter users are 2 orders of magnitude less 'popular' in terms of followers.
It is also interesting to look at the latency in the crawl. We can do this by looking at the cache pages for the accounts. Jonathan Ross' cached page on Live Search is from Feb 17th, Google's cache of Andy Tarczon is from March 2nd.
Web search engines are going to have to figure out what to do with Twitter. Certainly it is of huge value as a feature for ranking other content. Is it useful to index individual tweets? or accounts?