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February 08, 2013

It's Easier Now to Locate Old Tweets

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Finding old tweets is now going to be much easier.

Recent changes by Twitter (News - Alert) makes searching less frustrating for the many users of the service. Users had found it difficult to locate anything but their recent tweets.

“Expanding the search time length might be another way for Twitter to help users feel comfortable they have access to their tweets,” The Next Web speculated in a report on the changes.

Up until now, Twitter search results displayed tweets going back no more than about a week, according to a blog post from Twitter.

“We’ve developed a way to include older Tweets, so you can see content that goes beyond the more recent Tweets,” the blog said.

“As we roll this out over the coming days, the Tweets that you’ll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total Tweets ever sent,” the blog post from Twitter engineer Paul Burstein added. “We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, retweets and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show. We’ll be steadily increasing this percentage over time, and ultimately, aim to surface the best content for your query.”

In addition, the site recently announced a tool that lets users download their full Twitter archive, according to NBC News. The tool was accessible at the end of 2012, with archives slowly getting accessible, as well.

In a related matter, Twitter is also upgrading its mobile searches so users can find content easier while on the go.

To get an idea how popular Twitter has become, in the hours after President Obama was reelected in November a Twitter message from the President had been retweeted 626,128 times and was marked as a favorite 211,846 times, TMCnet said. The tweet included a photo of Obama embracing his wife, Michelle, against a backdrop of an open sky. And in 45 minutes, the tweet saw 303,795 retweets.

Overall, Twitter saw 31 million tweets on Election Day 2012 – a record for the microblogging site when it comes to U.S. politics.

Last year, Twitter had over 500 million registered users and saw some 340 million tweets daily. It also saw over 1.6 billion search queries a day, according to online information.

Edited by Braden Becker
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