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Yandex Adds Twitter’s Firehose to Search Results; Unveils Social Networking Search

Yandex Gains access to Twitter FirehoseYandex, the Russian Google search engine rival signed a agreement with Twitter to include weets in Yandex’s Blog Search results. With, this partnership, the microblogging service will license the full feed of all public tweets – a ‘firehose’ of data – to Yandex’s search engine.

“Tweets of over two million users are available for search on Yandex. Twitter posts of those users who tweet in Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Kazakh, as well as top feeds in any other language, will be included in Yandex’s Blog Search results,” posted Yandex.

Yandex brings real-time tweets to search results

Yandex search for Twitter, just like any other Yandex search engine, “is word-form sensitive and corrects typos.” The system’s users can search by username or by hashtag. In addition to Yandex’s Blog Search, users who search for something on Twitter will also find the same results via “twitter.yandex.ru.”

Yandex has also updated its Blog Search API, a useful webmaster tool for creating services based on microblogging content, in addition to integrating Twitter feeds into its search results.

In a statement, Twitter’s Director of Business Development, April Underwood, said, “With more than 250 million tweets a day, Twitter is a valuable information source and the fastest way to find out what’s happening in your world.”

Adding, “Through this partnership, Yandex and Twitter will work together to make it easier for Yandex users in Russia and elsewhere to find real-time content about the people and things they care about most,” he said.

Yandex also announced social networking search called “people finder,” aimed at enhancing its search engine’s quality by adding content from social networking websites.

Yandex processes over two million people searches daily. About one half of these search queries are to find information about celebrities, while the other half ask about someone’s friend, a contact, an employee or a partner. In response to these queries, Yandex delivers links to personal profiles on social networking websites available for public access – only those pages that can be indexed by a search engine. Currently, Yandex’s index has about 250 million personal profile pages hosted on various blogging platforms and social networking websites,” the company posted.

Using people finder, Yandex’s users in Russia can now view all public profiles of a person with accounts on the country’s most popular social networking and blogging websites, such as VKontakte, Facebook, LiveJournal, and Odnoklassniki.

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