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The war in the search engine market has evolved from a contest of speed and scale to one of innovation. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have all tied in with Twitter for real-time search. Google and Bing are also focusing on visual search, although the two define that term differently. In addition, Bing has teamed up with Wolfram Alpha in the math and health areas. Google fired the latest shot in the innovation wars with its announcement Thursday that users of the Google Search Appliance can now call up tweets next to their internal search results.
This is an exciting development coming on the heel of some other major advances in the search space by Google and others this week. It is very hard to predict the future correctly especially when the future is the present before most people even know it. I believe that, some years from now, we will look back at 2009 as the year web search got transformed in a big way. For example, a few of us have been working hard on a new kind of search for several years. Our creation TipTop at http://FeelTipTop.com, a real-time, semantic, social search engine, is now available in a beta version. Just in time for the holiday season, we have begun to transform comparison shopping as well at http://ftt.nu/shopping