It is no longer news that Twitter has changed the way Internet users interact with social networks today. The micro-blogging site, which now boasts of several million users, announced a key partnership deal with Yahoo! on Wednesday (24 February). The plan will see Tweeter share real-time tweets with the 600 million worldwide Yahoo! users as both Web giants share their contents.
Consequently, Yahoo! users will now to be able to access their Twitter feeds and share updates on the Yahoo! networks which include Yahoo! Homepage, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Search thus making it easier to tweet or check on a user’s Twitter followers. In addition, people will also be able to change their Twitter status and share content from wherever they feel comfortable within the Yahoo network. These actions will be aided by specially integrated Twitter clients.
This latest move by Yahoo! could be interpreted as a response to Google’s recent launch of its own social-networking site, Google Buzz, as more established Internet giants become increasingly attracted to social media.
Will this Yahoo-Twitter venture lead to several other partnerships of a similar nature, for example, Google and MySpace or Facebook etc? Some users of Buzz are already complaining that although an interesting project, it is not particularly useful unless users can connect to other networks.