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Twitter Gets Googlish With Search Results

In a move reminiscent of Google’s ‘Search Plus Your World,’ Twitter announced today that its now offering ‘People you follow’ search results.

Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Twitter’s announcement today is really a non-announcement as it heavily references previously introduced functionalities like related query suggestions, spelling corrections and more relevant search results, which we told you about in May.

Outside of the addition of ‘People you follow’ to the mix, here’s the big news:

Search autocomplete shows you the most likely terms for your query as you enter it — especially useful if you’re trying to follow the hashtag for an event or you’re looking for a certain Twitter account. You can select your query from the drop-down menu even before you finish typing it.

After you enter your search, you’ll find the most relevant Tweets, articles, accounts, images and videos for your query.

So . . . you’ll now see results much like what the Discover tab already does, but now it will include ‘People you follow’ as an option. Fabulous.

Am I being too harsh? Do you think this ‘People you follow’ announcement lives up to the hype generated by Pankaj Gupta’s tweet? He’s Twitter’s Personalization and Recommender Systems Chief.

I was expecting . . . more. Were you?

(Person yawning image from Shutterstock)


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