Twitter search expands

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Micro-blogging giant Twitter has reported a higher volume of searches than the combined total of queries on Yahoo and Bing this month, according to co-founder Biz Stone. Stone, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, announced Twitter was now taking 800 million searches per day. At over 24 billion requests per month, user queries on site now surpasses the traffic of Bing and Yahoo combined; the search companies report around four billion and nine billion queries per month respectively.

The figures mark Twitter out as the new fastest growing search engine since the launch of Bing in 2009. Last year, a study by Nielson showed Bing had grown by 22 per cent. In comparison, Twitter has reported a 33 per cent rise in the number of user searches, pushing it ahead of Bing in terms of growth speed.

While it may have overtaken Bing and Yahoo, Twitter still has some way to go to match the number of searches being registered by Google. Indeed, the social networking site

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