Twitter overhaul adds instant Search and Discovery

A Twitter update that's in the works will significantly overhaul the social network's search function — among other things.

A Twitter update that's in the works will significantly overhaul the social network's search function — among other things.

Twitter's new search in action. (Credit: Twitter)

Twitter's Panaj Gupta, who runs the Personalisation and Recommender Systems Group, tweeted last week:

Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw. Team — congrats and enjoy the enormity of ur impact few understand today!

The following day, software engineer Frost Li updated Twitter's blog with news of the update.

"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 auto-complete and 'People you follow' search results to," Li said.

Although it hasn't yet rolled out across Australia, the new search auto-complete function — similar to what you will find on Google — streamlines the Twitter search experience by showing you the most likely search terms as you type.

According to Twitter, other improvements include:

  • Spelling corrections: if you misspell a term, we'll automatically show results for your intended query

  • Related suggestions: if you search for a topic for which people use multiple terms, we will provide relevant suggestions for terms where the majority of that conversation is happening on Twitter

  • Results with real names and usernames: when you search for a name like "Jeremy Lin", you'll see results mentioning that person's real name and their Twitter account username

  • Results from people you follow: in addition to seeing "All" or "Top" tweets for your search, you can also now see tweets about a given topic from only the people you follow when you select the "People you follow" view. Viewing tweets about a topic from just the people you follow is a great way to find useful information and join the conversation.

The update will also be rolling out across iOS and Android apps in the weeks ahead.

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