Yesterday we reported about the Bing-Twitter integration. And now, the official words are out coming from Microsoft’s President of Online Service Groups Qi Lu. The integrated Bing-Twitter search facility is also now out, well at least for U.S. users is reportedly now working. You can try it on this link.
It’s not really integrated into Bing.com, but a subsite. Bing has access to all the Twitter public timeline. And that’s what user’s will be searching when they use the integrated Bing-Twitter search engine.
One promising feature of the search facility is its ability to display the most prominent links being shared on Twitter about your search topic. The so called “social caption” is also a cool feature as it gives you what people are saying about those links.
And yes there is also a Retweet button to share interesting Tweets that you find in search results.
Financial details of the deal is not yet disclose, if ever there is actually involved. The deal is non-exclusive so Twitter has the option to deal with Google should Bing’s Wave 2 not bring Twitter any good. They can always resort to Google’s Wave.