Politwoops: A Search Engine For Deleted Tweets From Policitians

At the beginning of the year I wrote about PolitickerUSA, a free tool that allows users to quickly and easily read tweets from members of congress and other political leaders. Today, I want to point out another free service named Politwoops that launched at the end of May. Here, users can access and read tweets that have been deleted by members of congress. In their words: Politwoops, the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. From minor typos to major gaffes, Politwoops is now there to offer a searchable window into what they hoped you didn't see. The P [...]

Twitter Upgrades Search With Autocomplete & New Filters

twitter-search-featured Twitter's search tool has just undergone a slight makeover with a number of new features that should help get users to the information they're looking for quicker than before. The most noticeable upgrade is the addition of autocompleted search suggestions that appear below the search box as you type. The dropdown will show terms that you might be searching for, as well as Twitter accounts -- whether you follow them or not -- that may match what's being typed in the search box. After completing the search, Twitter has added a new filter to the tweet results. In addition to being able [...]

The Fleeting Nature Of Twitter: 17 Percent Of Top Searches Change Every Hour

twitter-bird-logo-square Nearly 20 percent of the top search queries on Twitter at any given moment won't be a popular search query just one hour later. That's according to a new research paper that Twitter will present this week at a social media conference. Twitter researchers Jimmy Lin and Gilad Mishne analyzed all search queries on the site during October 2011 and discovered that 17 percent of the top 1,000 search queries from one hour aren't in the top 1,000 queries the next hour. The churn of Twitter search activity is nearly the same when measured at a daily level, rather than hourly. Lin and Mishne say [...]

Yandex Starts To Drink From The Twitter “Firehose”

Yandex is the next in line to gain access to the Twitter "firehose." The Russian search engine is announcing that it will begin integrating the Twitter feed into its search results. Twitter reported the deal to us late last week but declined to disclose its terms. As part of their agreement Yandex will have access to the full Twitter feed but has discretion over what it uses and how that content is ranked and displayed. According to a statement issued by Yandex: New tweets will now become available in Yandex's Blog Search results in a matter of moments. In addition to Yandex’s Blog Se [...]

How To Track U.S. Congress Members’ Tweets

Many U.S. Senators and Representatives are tweeting opinions, updates, images, documents, etc. these days, and Twitter can be a very useful, if not an essential tool, to learn about what’s going on directly from each member, especially regarding controversial legislation such as SOPA. An easy to use but powerful web tool (it's also free) named PolitickerUSA can save you a lot of time and effort informing you as to what members of congress are tweeting about right now. In one location you can quickly access the non-stop real-time stream of tweets from Senators, Reps, President Obama, go [...]

Twitter, Mozilla Strike Deal That Bakes Twitter Search Into Firefox 8 Search Box

twitter-firefox-search-featured Twitter and Mozilla have struck a deal that makes Twitter search one of the default search options in the new Firefox 8 web browser. It's included in the Windows, Mac and Linux versions, which can be downloaded now. As Mozilla's blog post explains, the Twitter search option can be used to search Twitter usernames, hashtags and topics (without hashtags). It's available in four languages: English, Portuguese, Slovenian and Japaneses. Mozilla says more languages will be enabled in future releases. Twitter search was previously available as a separate add-on for the Firefox search bar. T [...]

Twitter Renews Deal With Bing; Google Deal Remains MIA

bing-twitter-hearts-featured Twitter and Bing announced that they have extended their deal that allows Bing to tap into Twitter's information in a cutesy exchange on Twitter itself. As for Google, which Twitter's been on the outs with since July, Twitter says there's no similar happy news to report. Dear Twitter, I Love You! Kisses, Bing Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner compiled the exchange using the awesome Storify service, as you'll find here: It's perhaps the first press release via Twitter conversation that I know of. Details? You Don't Need No Stinkin' Details! But how about details? How long is the de [...]

Here’s What Twitter Should Do To Make Photo Galleries More Useful

twitter-user-gallery-featured I like the new user photo galleries that Twitter started rolling out yesterday. They'll make photo search and discovery much easier, especially for those of us who've scattered our photo uploads across TwitPic, yFrog, Mobypicture and other photo services. But I'm also hoping that the product Twitter launched yesterday is a shell of what it'll be six months from now, or a year from now. Because there's so much more that Twitter can and should do with these User Galleries. Here's a look at one Twitter user (me) would like to see: 1. Stop archiving images that I retweet via the "old sty [...]

Twitter Search Gets “New Twitter” Look & Feel

twitter-search-featured For ages, Twitter has operated a standalone Twitter Search site in addition to allowing people to search from within Twitter.com itself. Today, that standalone site has gained a new location and been upgraded to match the Twitter.com search experience. Previously, Twitter Search was located at http://search.twitter.com. Now, that address leads to http://twitter.com/search, as tweeted by Twitter earlier today. What's different beyond the URL? The interface. See More With Right Panel Support Searching at Twitter.com makes it easy to perform a search and then pop-open a right panel to view m [...]

Google Realtime Search & The Aftermath Of The Google-Twitter Split

google-realtime-search-featured Last Friday, Twitter quietly shutdown its "firehose" of tweet data that was being piped to Google. Like a gas station no longer getting deliveries, Google in turn effectively had to hang a "Closed" sign on its Google Realtime Search service. What happened, and what's next for those who depended on Google to get some of their Twitter gas? Some thoughts and advice, below. Topsy Provides Twitter Archive Search First, there's a great alternative to Google Realtime Search: Topsy. Indeed, the company has just put out a blog post reminding the world that it's the only Twitter archive search ser [...]

Move Over Time Sorting: Twitter Gets “Top Tweets” Search Results

twitter-search-featured Twitter has added a new "Top Tweets" search results feature, along with "Top Images" and "Top Videos." It's a major shift away from showing Twitter search results where the most recent tweet comes first, regardless of real relevancy or quality. The change is welcome. Unlike regular search engines, which try to show the most relevant matches by default, Twitter has largely followed a "first in, last out" ordering of its search listings which left them open to noise. Last year, Twitter experimented with improving relevancy by releasing "Top Tweets" into search results. Now -- and somewhat [...]

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