Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team, talks about how Google will rank links coming from Facebook and Twitter.
In the latter part of 2009 both Google and Microsoft struck deals with Twitter almost simultaneously. This gave both search engines the ability to have real-time results for search queries. Microsoft hit the ground running with the deal and immediately released their version of real-time search also announcing that users with more followers will have their tweets ranked higher and those who essentially retweet will have those tweets ranked lower. Google, on the other hand, took its time to release its version of real-time search.
A lot of people in business go by the old saying “First impressions are everything”, however, with Google and the other search engines this is completely opposite.