Google CEO Schmidt: Microsoft's Bing-Twitter pact 'a smart deal for them'

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that Microsoft's Bing-Twitter deal "is a good deal for them." But he also hinted that Google isn't going away quietly.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that Microsoft's Bing-Twitter deal "is a good deal for them." But he also hinted that Google isn't going away quietly. "Watch this space," he said referring to real-time search.

Speaking at the Gartner IT Symposium 2009, Schmidt Google can rank real-time information today. He added:

Real-time information is just as valuable as all other information and that's valuable for Google.

The problem?

Google can rank real-time information, but the technical problem is figuring out what parameters contribute to that ranking. For instance, what factors should be used to determine in real-time who is more important and should garner a higher rank? Simply put, Schmidt thinks there's a search noise problem with real-time search.

Update: Separately, Google said it would begin indexing Twitter feeds too (Google blog, Twitter blog).

Also see: Microsoft lands Facebook, Twitter deals for Bing

Tweets on Bing: Watch out for more noise, more clutter in search results