Twitter Search for Everyone!

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Twitter Search for Everyone!

Every public update sent to Twitter from anywhere in the world 24/7 can be instantly indexed and made discoverable via our newly launched real-time search. What was that loud noise outside your apartment? Did you just feel an earthquake? What do people think about your company, your product, or your city? With this newly launched feature, Twitter has become something unexpectedly important—a discovery engine for finding out what is happening right now.

Searching Outside the Box

Twitter teaches us new and amazing things every day and a big lesson learned is that search is so much more than a box and a button. As public tweets fly in from around the globe, we analyze them to detect when certain words or phrases occur with higher frequency. These trending phrases are surfaced in the Twitter home page just under the new search box and they’re updated throughout the day. Built on our search technology, trends are a compelling if rudimentary way to explore a collective global consciousness.

A Simple Approach

Accessing is a simple experience—you sign in and read the updates from the accounts you have chosen to follow. If you’ve been using Twitter for a while, you’ve probably curated an interesting collection of updates from friends, family, co-workers, businesses, media organizations, and maybe even a favorite celebrity. With the addition of search, you can ask Twitter to build you a fresh timeline of updates based on a keyword or phrase. It’s a whole new experience with a familiar look and feel.

Saving Your Searches

If you find yourself searching for the same word or phrase on a regular basis, then you’ll probably like using “save this search” which, when clicked, will place those keywords as links into your home page just under the search box. This gives you one-click access to your favorite searches. To remove the saved search links, click the word again and notice the new option to, “Remove this saved search.” We’ve also added an option to collapse your list of saved searches as well as the icons of the accounts you are following for a cleaner view.