Twitter Announcement: Search Functionality Improved With New Features

Twitter’s search functionality has always been relatively bare bones at best, but the company announced yesterday that it has expanded its search capabilities in an update that has already gone live.

In a blog post on Friday, Twitter announced that an oft-requested feature that allows users to search through tweets from only those they follow has been added to the micro-blogging service. A number of new features improvements were added as well, including new related suggestions.

Here’s the rundown on all of the new Twitter search features:

Spelling corrections: If you misspell a term, we’ll automatically show results for your intended query.
Related suggestions: If you search for a topic for which people use multiple terms, we will provide relevant suggestions for terms where the majority of that conversation is happening on Twitter.
Results with real names and usernames: When you search for a name like ‘Jeremy Lin,’ you’ll see results mentioning that person’s real name and their Twitter account username.
Results from people you follow: In addition to seeing ‘All’ or ‘Top’ Tweets for your search, you can also now see Tweets about a given topic from only the people you follow when you select the ‘People you follow’ view. Viewing Tweets about a topic from just the people you follow is a great way to find useful information and join the conversation.

The update may not fix all of Twitter’s search problems, but it’s certainly a good start. What do you think about Twitter’s new search features?

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