Google seems determined not to let Microsoft have the entire spotlight this week...
Plans have leaked that the search giant is to launch a music search service called 'One Box'. Far from being an iTunes/Spotify/Napster killer however it is emerging that One Box will be a refined way of searching for music clips and streaming full length songs with links added to online stores where the tracks can be legally purchased.
Consequently think more 'iLike' rather than something altogether cooler or in the vein of Google Editions. It seems Google hasn't quite planned for world domination of another sector... yet.
In addition to this Google and Microsoft have followed through on the Twitter real time search talks they were rumoured to be having earlier this month. As I speculated at the time, Twitter has not sold it real time search technology (arguably its most valuable commodity), but has agreed to let both search engines include tweets in their search results.
"We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months," said Google VP of search products and user experience Marissa Mayer. "That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you'll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information."
Microsoft has yet to make a comment on its side of deal (though it has been kinda busy.
Both agreements however make sense since while the vast majority of tweets tend to be about nothing more important than how many eggs people had for breakfast (I'm err... different) that's where the power of Google and Bing indexing comes to the fore. Furthermore, important breaking tweets could now find themselves jostling for search result rankings alongside similar stories from the BBC or CNN. Think about that when you next tap out 140 characters...
Google One Box via All Things Digital