Twitter adds search in homepage redesign, moving closer to Google

In a move that has to make Google somewhat nervous, Twitter has redesigned its homepage so that non-Twitter members can search topics from Twitter.com, just as they can at Google.com, Yahoo.com or Microsoft's Bing.com.

"We're eager to see if encouraging a sense of wonder and discovery leads to a better first impression of Twitter," Doug Bowman, creative director at Twitter, wrote in a Tweet and quoting from the company's blog Tuesday. Earlier in the day, he Tweeted, "Feeling calm before the storm. Except there's no storm. Only quietly mounting tension and anxiety for what lies ahead." What lies ahead for Twitter is the lucrative search business.