October 22, 2009 at 09:27 AM EDT

Within 20 minutes of each other, search rivals Google and Bing announced developments in real-time searched linked to microblogging platform Twitter. The Microsoft-owned Bing also announced an integrated Facebook search for status updates that users have designated public. Bing’s Twitter search is live, but Google’s won’t be for at least a few weeks. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a blog post that “[b]ecause of our open approach there are many ways to interact with Twitter, and there will be many more to come. As we work to mature our service and platform offerings, we also hope to develop meaningful relationships with companies that share our vision of creating value for everyone involved—especially users. Whether it’s emerging startups, big companies, or people simply sharing information, we’re establishing successful partnerships. Also, it’s fun.”

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