Twitter announcement: Twitter adds search autocomplete and ‘People you follow’ results

By on Jul 7, 2012 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Twitter made an announcement on Friday, July 6, 2012 via its official blog on how the microblogging site can help its users easier for them to search; a day after the company’s Personalization and Recommender Systems Chief Pankaj Gupta announced a teaser via his Twitter account.

Twitter search for Jeremy Lin
Image Credit: Twitter blog

“We’re constantly working to make Twitter search the simplest way to discover what’s happening in real time. To that end, today we’re introducing search autocomplete and ‘People you follow’ search results to” Twitter engineer Frost Li wrote on the Twitter blog that day.

According to the announcement, ‘search autocomplete’ shows to Twitter users the most likely terms for their queries as they enter it, which is notably useful if they want to follow the hashtag for an event or looking for a specific Twitter account. Jeremy Lin was used as an example.

Apparently, this new Twitter feature includes a drop-down menu that will appear even before the searcher finishes typing the word, which is similar to that of Google Instant; along with the automatic spelling corrections, as well as relevant suggestions for terms being tweeted by the majority of users.

In addition, most relevant tweets, articles, accounts, images and videos will also appear after the search has been made, including the person’s real name and their Twitter account username, as part of the relevant suggestions feature.

Lastly, Twitter users will now be able to see tweets about a given topic from only those people they follow, when they select the ‘People you follow’ view, which is notably a useful way for them to find useful information immediately and join the conversation as well.

However, Twitter did not announce as to when these new features will be rolled out to all its users worldwide. As of this writing, some of them are saying that they have not yet seen any update on their Twitter search.

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