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Today, social analytics platform Topsy has unveiled a huge upgrade, adding Twitter’s entire history of 425 billion public tweets to its archives, which are available in all Topsy products, including the free tools on Topsy.com.
What this means is that you can freely and quickly search every public tweet ever written on Topsy, including (but not limited to) your own.
And because you can view these tweets in reverse-chronological order, it’s now really, really easy to see your first-ever tweets.
Tame, billing itself as the first context search engine for Twitter, launched globally last week, delivering relevant content around any specific topic to journalists, PR reps, and marketers in real-time.
Berlin-based Tame attempts to assuage the as-yet-unsolved problem of sifting through the Twitter firehose to find relevant and accurate information.
In the past I’ve written many articles about the sheer magnificence that is Twitter’s search functionality, which easily allows you to:
- Twitter yourself (or your brand or products)
- Track customer sentiment
- Guarantee you don’t miss any replies or mentions
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.
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.)