Twitter adds new features to improve search

9 Jul, 2012

In an attempt to make search more convenient to users, micro-blogging site Twitter has introduced a search auto complete feature. The feature basically works similar to Google's auto complete feature and it shows the user the most likely terms for their query as they type in the search bar. For example, if you are looking for Techcircle on Twitter, the moment you start typing the name, you will find Techcircle as a search result in a dropdown list (see pic below), saving you the trouble of completing the search query.

The feature comes in handy if you're trying to follow the hashtag for an event or looking for a Twitter account. After you enter your search, you'll find the most relevant Tweets, articles, accounts, images and videos for your query.  Twitter has also introduced some other features.

Spelling correction: Twitter will also correct spellings, which basically means that if the user misspells a term, Twitter will automatically show results for the intended query.

Related suggestions: If you search for a topic for which multiple terms are used, the site will provide relevant suggestions for terms where the majority of that conversation is happening on Twitter.

Results with real names and usernames: If you search for a name, the site will show results mentioning that person's real name as well as their Twitter account username.

Results from people you follow: In addition to seeing 'All' or 'Top' Tweets for their search, users can also now see Tweets about a given topic from only the users they follow (that is if there are any available in the first place) when they select the 'People you follow' view. For example, if you search for Olympics 2012, you will find all the tweets about that event done by the people you follow on Twitter.

"Today we're introducing search autocomplete and 'People you follow' search results to twitter.com. In addition to recent improvements like related query suggestions, spelling corrections and more relevant search results, these updates make it easier to immediately get closer to the things you care about," wrote Frost Li, engineer at Twitter, in an official blog post.

Along with the site, these updates have also been made available on Twitter for iPhone and Android respectively.

(Edited by Prem Udayabhanu)