February 11, 2010

Twitter Hires Web Search Guru Krishna Gade from Bing

With more than 1 billion tweets sent out by the company's millions of users in each of the last two months, Twitter is seeing record usage after a year of meteoric growth. But finding those tweets can be hard, as the company's search engine at times has strained under the challenge of tracking the world in real time. To aid in building out the company's search capabilities, Twitter has just added Krishna Gade to the team.

Hailing from Microsoft, Krishna worked on the Redmond giant's Web search engine development team, he was a software development engineer, spending more than 5 years at Microsoft, where he helped build and ship many features of Bing, including index quality measurement, static rank computation infrastrucutre & algorithms, Web spam detection, query suggestions, entity extraction, autosuggest, contextual display ads and realtime/social search, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Previous to Microsoft, Krishna secured his masters in computer science at the University of Minnesota. His thesis was on "Algorithms for Pattern Mining in the Presence of Tough Block Constraints".

Krishna did not return cell phone calls prior to publishing to elaborate on his role at Twitter, but his hiring spells good news for the company's search engine getting even more hands on deck to become a more relevant and useful archive.

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