Two former Microsoft software engineers are to launch the beta version of a real-time search engine for Twitter later today.
Husband and wife team Ken and Becca Moss describe Crowdeye as a "new generation of search engine" that will enable users to track discussions on Twitter.
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They claim CrowdEye aggregates and segments information in new ways by scanning through tweets, retweets, and twitter links in real time.
Users can identify the most popular links and topics, see how many tweets include specified keywords in a certain time period and even who tweeted on a breaking news story first.
The search engine is designed to help users know what people are thinking about topics of interest
in real time, but also provides "rewind" functionality like Google's Wave.
Initially only three days worth of data will be available, but CrowdEye's developers plan to expand this and add other features with input from users.
Real-time social search has been an "obsession" of Ken's since leaving Microsoft last year after nearly 20 years at the company, most recently as general manager of Live Search, now Bing.com.
It is becoming increasingly possible to tap into the stream of information on the internet and use it to draw conclusions and make informed decisions based on the wisdom of crowds, he said.