Wolfram Alpha is not a Twitter-killer

The title of this post is a joke, of course. Last night’s “softly launched” Wolfram Alpha “computational knowledge engine” (official “pre-launch” is Monday) has nothing to do with killing Twitter. Nor, for that matter, does it have anything to do with killing Google or Wikipedia. That hasn’t stopped most of the geek-oriented coverage from primarily comparing it to Google or Wikipedia. (To understand what the service is all about, I suggest Danny Sullivan’s post from a couple of weeks ago.)

My quick reaction to Wolfram Alpha: It has lots of wow factor, but it’s no Twitter.

Also, it lacks the intuitiveness of Google and the disambiguation clues of Wikipedia. But as it’s not supposed to be compared to them, forget that.