Since today appears to be Twitter-day (which day isn’t?), I’m adding my 2 cents.
Summize has always been fast and reliable. In fact in the days of the worst Twitter outage, with Reply and other functions disabled, Summize was the savior of the Twitterverse. But now that Twitter acquired Summize, I’m seeing it dead quire frequently.
The Twitterization of Summize has begun
I wrote that a year ago, and things haven’t gotten any better. Twitter search is as unreliable as it ever was. Paul Michaud describes a specific case where certain accounts don’t ever show up in search – that may be just a few or a lot of accounts, I have no clue… but everyday evidence shows that Twitter search is still spotty, some entries won’t ever make it, others are delayed for hours.
So in a twisted way my continued use of summize.com wasn’t just a shortcut (easier to type than search.twitter.com), but a subconscious desire to get to the Twitter search that used to work. (OK, let’s be fair, Twitter now has an integrated Search box – but old habits die hard..)
Now it’s over. Summize.com no longer redirects to Twitter search. It points to nowhere. Dead. Twitter finally may have killed it.
Now, don’t throw stones at me just yet, I understand that a year after consuming the transaction Twitter no longer wants to maintain the old domain. From a Brand, Marketing point of view they are right. Time to say our final good buy to the search system that worked.
P.S. Here’s a tip: If you have important permanent searches, create a feed for all of them, than use Google Reader to search – it works like an archive, keeping your entries forever.
Update: by the end of the day summize.com appears to be working again: it now redirects to search.twitter.com