Twitter’s load-bearing capability is as robust as a matchstick house, and a solution for that continues to be its greatest need, but a close second was a decent search functionality. They’ve solved that today by announcing that they’ve acquired Summize, which now resides at http://search.twitter.com. Instead of trying to spend developer hours trying to reinvent the wheel, they’ve brought an excellent solution in-house.
This is a shot in the arm that Twitter needed badly. Twitter knows this as well as anyone; according to Om, it’s a shot that they might given away 10% of the company to get. There’s no shortage of pretenders to Twitter’s throne (Plurk, FriendFeed) but Twitter has one indisputable leg up on both: a large established audience, albeit one that has a love/hate relationship with the service. Plurk, in particular, feels like a ghost town.