TweetNews Test Drive

Following breaking news stories using Twitter is a lot faster than aggregation sites like Google or Yahoo News. The TweetNews search tool ranks search results based on Twitter links. It follows Yahoo News and compares its headlines with news story links on Twitter updates. A story’s popularity amongst the tweeting masses will push the story up in the TweetNews results. See Zooie’s Blog for more details.

TweetNews uses the Yahoo! Build your Own Search Service (Boss). This provides  a clean search API that turns off the usual restrictions that control the presentation of the results.  For example, it allows you to re-rank results and include external content without having to cite Yahoo! for the search results.