Google has been indexing tweets for some time but a new study has revealed that only a percentage of tweets are actually captured by Google, and the vast majority of those are from users who are very popular on the social network.
Stone Temple Consulting used a pair of search queries to determine that Google has indexed about 6.2 billion tweets. That sounds like a huge number, but when you consider that Twitter handles more than 500 million tweets each and every day it accounts for less than a fortnight of activity.
So whose tweets are Google collecting? Celebrities, mostly. In their (admittedly fairly small) sample, Stone Temple figured out that Twitter users with more than one million followers had about one-third of their tweets indexed, whilst those with more than five million followers had more than fifty percent.
And users with less than 10,000 followers? 0.22 percent.
Ouch. No wonder your mom can’t find you.
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