9]> 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false <![endif]--> Yesterday was the day Yahoo! decided to take part in the great real-time battle.

The company, which has more than 600 million people in its network, signed a partnership with the social network, Twitter. We don’t yet know the financial agreement behind the deal.

Yahoo! properties such as Yahoo!search, Yahoo!mail, Yahoo!homepage or Yahoo!sports will carry Twitter feeds, and Twitter users will be able to update their status from Yahoo!.

This partnership is a great thing for Twitter, which will benefit from Yahoo!'s extensive network, and probably reach new internet users. 
This kind of agreement is not something new for Yahoo!, as they reached a similar agreement with Facebook in December.

Yahoo! is trying to be close to social networking users, whose number is growing every day. By doing so, it attempts to challenge the all mighty leader, Google. 

This agreement is not one-of-a-kind. Google and Microsoft have already made similar deals.

By Marie-Axelle Pernot