Google had perhaps one of most amazing and simple ideas of the 20th century with Pagerank. Twitter, I think, represents one of the (few) real theats to Google. Google’s revenue requires “eyeballs” (exposure to their ads). Anything that steals eyeballs away from Google is not good for them. Twitter may do that and search is of course the most direct threat.
However, I think the reasons Twitter threatens Google is not in how it is the same, but in how it is different, in how Twitter has intrinsic advantages that Google cannot replicate with their “spider” model.
Tweefind tries to make Twitter more like Google and, therefore, it may actually be less disruptive. First, it takes away some of the real-time benefits of Twitter because Tweefind must “spider” the Twiter network to calculate its “twitter rank” – by that time Google has probably spidered enough sites to have just as much useful info as Twitter.
I already have a way to do a rank-based search with spider latency – it’s called Google. I don’t need another one. I already have a real time Twitter search in search.twitter.com – I’m not sure where that leaves Tweefind.com.
But you should check it out for yourself: see Luca’s Blog Post
It’s a Startup 2.0 candidate, so if you like it, vote for it.