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Monday, January 19, 2009

What's going on?

TweetNews TweetNews takes Yahoo’s news results and compares them to emerging topics on Twitter, using what’s most popular on Twitter as an index for determining the importance of news stories. Hence TweetNews uses Twitter to rank stories that are so new they may not have enough inbound links for algorithm-based ranking systems to prioritize them. The result is a search engine mashup that tracks breaking news stories ranked by Twitter search results, and is claimed to offer:
  • Faster updates
  • Better relevance
  • More in-depth coverage
TweetNews uses the Google App Engine. Does it work? Try it for yourself.

And while we're at it:

Tweetminster: "You can take an active role in UK politics right here, right now. How? Follow and Tweet MPs and Parliamentary Candidates, and use the power of Twitter to track UK politics, make your voice heard and conversations more open. You can take a back seat... or you can tweet."

Hmmm. MPs and Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?