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Posts Tagged ‘search.twitter.com’

Twitter Adds Photos, Videos, Stronger Media On Apps And Context To Search

For a long time Twitter’s search functionality was criminally underused. Twitter knew this – heck, everybody knew this – and slowly but surely it has started to make improvements to its search tool to encourage users to be more proactive.

First, they made it faster. Then, they made it look better. Earlier this year they started adding additional, crowd-pleasing functionality, such as the Google-esque autocomplete that arrived in July.

Yesterday, Twitter announced further revisions to search, including greater emphasis on photos and videos, stronger media placement on apps and an explanation as to how and why your top tweets in search are selected.

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Check Out The All-New Twitter Search

In the past I’ve written many articles about the sheer magnificence that is Twitter’s search functionality, which easily allows you to:

Plus a bazillion other things. Despite this, search.twitter.com, the ‘other’ official Twitter web presence, has been all but ignored by users (except when it becomes a problem). Mostly because Twitter ignores it. And when people do use it, it’s typically via the search bar at the top of the screen on Twitter.com.

That’s fine – it’s convenient, and far more likely to be seen by users. I have long speculated if Twitter was going to phase out search.twitter.com, and now it seems that they have. Because now when you load up that URL you’ll re-routed to http://twitter.com/#!/search-home, which is the new-look Twitter search.

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Hey @Twitter – If You Continue To Ignore Search.Twitter.Com, So Will Everybody Else

Over on the official blog, Twitter communications/PR associate Carolyn Penner (@cpen, who Twitter snatched away from Google last March) writes about improvements that have been made to Twitter’s search functionality.

We’ve made it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on your interests. When you search for a topic, you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject. (Previously, you would have seen accounts that have the specific term in their name or username. ) Just click on the “people” section of the search results page or search from the “Who to follow” page.

This new approach helps you find the Twitter users that will best help you follow your interests. For example, if you’re interested in hip hop, chances are that you’d like to follow hip hop artists. Searching for “hip hop” now surfaces accounts like @commonand @questlove. (Previously, we typically showed accounts that have “hip hop” in the name.)

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