Yahoo Alum To Head Twitter’s Search EffortsBy: Doug Caverly - August 14, 2009
It appears that Twitter’s found someone to take charge of its search efforts. Doug Cook, who once worked for Yahoo and has several other impressive items on his resume, quietly assumed the title of "Director of Search" at Twitter sometime last month.
Yes, somewhat ironically, we’ve spent several minutes searching and not find a single press release, blog post, or tweet announcing Cook’s start at Twitter. But Daniel Tunkelang broke the news yesterday, and so on we go with a look at Cook’s past.
The first entry on Cook’s LinkedIn profile documents a stint at Sun Microsystems. Then he spent more than a few years at Silicon Graphics. Next, Cook moved to Inktomi, and stayed on with Yahoo when it acquired the software company. So far, so good, right?
Still, the most interesting and relevant thing about Cook’s list of accomplishments is probably that he’s the founder and owner of Able Grape, a wine search engine. So he has some experience building a search engine up from nothing.
Cook’s use of Twitter to promote Able Grape (he seems to average around five tweets per day) also shows that he’s quite familiar with the micro-blogging site.
It’ll be interesting to see how this works out. A hat tip, in any event, goes to Joseph Tartakoff.