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July 6, 2012

Twitter Search Gets A Boost From Autocomplete, Follower Searches And Related Terms

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Twitter Search ImprovementTwitter on Friday rolled out a new smarter search engine that brings with it an autocomplete feature along with the ability to guess whether you are searching for a term or a person. The Twitter search program can also search within the list of people a Twitter user follows.

On Thursday night Twitter teased that its search and discovery feature was about to change “forever” and now its new features have been shown off for both Twitter mobile and Twitter.com users.

The first new feature is the companies’s auto-complete. According to Twitter engineer Frost Li:

“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.”

The new autocomplete feature will also fix spelling mistakes for more accurate search results.  read more

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October 7, 2010

Twitter Has A New, Better Search Engine

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Twitter SearchMost users probably won’t notice any differences when they use the Twitter search function, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been approved.

Twitter announced today that they have changed the architectural way in which their search platform makes queries to their systems database.

According to Twitter, the new functionality allows for a better system of scale, including the ability to index more Tweets per second, while using less Twitter system resources, an important improvement given the number of recent fail whales.

According to several sources, the new program is no longer using MySQL queries due to the issues that arise when trying to manage an ever increasing database with the program. read more

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