Twitter’s search tool is about to become more sophisticated, CNET reports. The current Twitter search only looks through the text of individual tweets, and sorts results by freshness — newest first. Soon, though, you’ll hopefully be able to search not just the word in tweets, but the content of the pages to which they link, with a Google-like “reputation” ranking on results. So if a lot of Twitterers link to the same blog page about the new Star Trek movie, your search for “trek” will return the blog post, not a bunch of tweets about it.

You can try such a search of tweeted links already at OneRiot. The upstart social-network search engine crawls Twitter, follows the links, and creates a database of the content of Web pages and videos linked from recent Twitter updates. Right now, Thursday afternoon, a search for “Star Trek” returns as top result a hilarious Onion parody news report.

You won’t find the Onion clip easily in a Google News search, because Google News is too heavily skewed towards the New York Times and other national newspapers. A Google – Twitter alliance would let you see what’s hot on social networks today. Be honest: Would you rather read the Los Angeles Times’ ousidery review of the movie, or watch the Onion parody? Twitter has spoken.


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