Twitter inks Microsoft, Google search deals: Welcome to the real-time web

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Unless you've been living in a cave, you've heard of Twitter. What you probably haven't heard is how the company plans to make money -- not even reporters covering the company have heard an coherent explanation for that. But now, with the completion of two deals, Twitter looks poised to see the bucks start to roll in -- and make all the critics who called Twitter a stupid fad eat their words.

On Wednesday, Twitter inked deals with both Microsoft and Google to index tweets, those 140-words-or-less pearls of wisdom that emanate from the minds of its users. The term of the deals were not disclosed, but Twitter CEO Evan Williams was quoted as saying that revenue was "not the focus of these deals."