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Micro: Twitter’s search gets comprehensive

Omar L. Gallaga
ogallaga@statesman.com

Even before Twitter became a huge, mainstream social network, its search feature was always spotty. Even help from other companies including Google over the years failed to completely index Twitter’s huge archive of bite-sized posts. But now, Twitter says it has finally achieved its goal of making every public Tweet since the company’s launch in 2006 easy to find by search.

At twitter.com/search (or in the search box at the top of the site), even those who don’t have a Twitter account can find practically any post that’s not set to private by a user. And an “Advanced Search” option allows options to search for Tweets to and from specific users, in different languages, by location or a range of dates, or even by whether the Tweet was positive, negative or a question.

It seems to work much better than Twitter’s previous search efforts. Perhaps too well; it may be disheartening to see how many times you’ve Tweeted words such as “amazing” or “donut.”

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