So how does this native Californian claim to know that people are talking about an event in Germany? Well, TwitScoop tells me so:
And Twemes lists “-mbc09” as the first word in its “tweme cloud”:
It’s on the front of Hashtags.org too, along with a nifty mini-graph showing its popularity:
Is it that Yahoo and Google are bad at tracking Twitter? No. A quick visit to Twitturly and Twitturls and Tweetmeme — three tools that track what people are linking to from Twitter — also showed nothing related to the conference. Even tweetnews, the promising BOSS + Twitter application that Lunn referred to, returned no results when I ran a quick search for mbc09.
Why did all of these powerful tools miss the micro-buzz? Well, regardless of the name of this blog, it’s not always about the almighty link.
When an event starts — or news breaks — there is no “content” to link to and so services that analyze only URLs cannot be real-time.
Twitter has shown us that “content” doesn’t necessarily come in the form of a complete HTML web page. It can sometimes be delivered in quick bursts of text.
Then again, doesn’t each tweet have its own web page that can be indexed? Oh yeah, I said that will be another post.
Linked to from this post:
- MBC09 – The Microblogging Conference 09 in Hamburg, Germany, blog post
- Plane crash in NYC captured on real-time web, blog post by Robert Scoble
- Sorry Google, You Missed the Real-Time Web!, blog post by Bernard Lunn
- Why use #inaug09, or any other hashtag, blog post by me
- Google: news, blog search, Hot Trends
- Yahoo: main site, news, Yahoo Buzz.
- Twitter tools: TwitScoop, Twitter Search, Twemes, Hashtags.org, Twitturly, Twitturls, Tweetmeme, tweetnews
- One tweet, by me