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Add Twitter results to Google Search

Twitter is one of the largest services on the Internet, used by millions of users every day to publish messages about their personal life, events, commentary and virtually everything else that you can think off - or not. While you are probably not interested in the bowel movement of some random chap from a country far away, you may be interested in messages that relate to some of your searches on the Internet.

It is not surprising that researchers and marketing companies process Twitter data for predictions like how people in a certain state or country will likely vote, how diseases spread across the world, or how pleased buyers are with new items that they have purchased.

Google for that very reason did integrate Twitter results on Google Search, but had to remove them last year as the company could not come to an agreement with Twitter to continue offering the service on Google Search.

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Hashplug is an extension for Google Chrome that adds Twitter search results to the Google search result's page again. Once you have installed the extension you will notice that Twitter results are automatically appended to the right sidebar of the page.

You may also notice that the embedded Twitter results are moving down other contents that may be displayed on the sidebar like Google's Knowledge Graph which offers related information about the search query.

The browser extension displays the profile photo, handle and name of the Twitter account the posting was made from, as well as the full message that was published on Twitter. The results update automatically whenever new posts appear on Twitter. You can furthermore scroll down the results to access more than just the three that are displayed by default on the search results page.

I have tested the extension on google.com and several localized versions of the search engine, and Twitter results were displayed on all of them. Note that you can't filter Twitter messages by language, which means that you may end up with messages in languages that you do not speak.

Hashplug offers an unobtrusive way of adding related Twitter messages back to Google's search engine. (via Techie Buzz)





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    Comments

    1. PixelWizard said on November 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm
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      Wish there were a match to this among Firefox add-ons.

      I looked and looked for some way; this Greasemonkey script seemed promising
      https://userscripts.org/scripts/show/43451
      but, not updated since 2009, it adds nothing at all.

      Any other methods known?

    2. boris said on November 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm
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      I wish to find script that removes twitter/facebook results from 99% of major sites. Anybody knows? Blocking twitter/facebook scripts altogether that some plugins do will make many webpages screwed up.

    3. David said on November 12, 2012 at 9:22 am
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      Those who can trend can benefit from this. This can be a huge advantage for marketers and social media masters.

    4. lori said on December 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm
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      Boris, you can block Google scripts in preferences.

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