Twitter Significantly Revamps Search Functions
Twitter today announced a major overhaul of the search features available on its web site and via the Android and iOS Twitter applications. Twitter says the goal of the changes is to make it easier for Twitter users to seek out and find information relevant to them and their followers on the microblogging service. Some of the new features including automatic spelling correction for mistyped searches; related search suggestions and results for trending Twitter topics; and search results that provide real names in addition to Twitter handles. Further, the new Twitter search will offer results from people you follow, which means that you can also now see Tweets about a given topic from only the people you follow when you select the "People you follow" view. The new searching tools go into effect starting today, though Twitter didn't say when Android and iOS users can expect to see the new features via updated mobile apps.
Twitter Adds 'Connect' Tab to Help Find Accounts Worth Following
Twitter today announced a new tool meant to make it easier to find new people and accounts to follow. The "connect" tab will appear on Twitter for the web, and in the Android and iOS mobile apps beginning today, where Twitter will curate a list of accounts it believe users might like to follow.
Twitter Discovers New Way to Spot Trends
Twitter has canned the Discover and Activity tabs in its mobile applications in favor of a new way to sift through trending content. Moving forward, when people use the search bar they'll also see trending stories as well as descriptions of those stories.
Twitter Debuts 'Explore' Tab In Mobile Apps
Twitter today took a step toward simplifying the process of browsing through and searching for content in its Android and iOS mobile apps. Moving forward, Twitter is combining the Trends, Moments, and Search functions into a single tab called Explore.
Tweets to Return to Google Search
Twitter has struck a deal with Google that will allow Google to publish tweets in search results. Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal, says Google will have access to Twitter's "firehose" — or all the data generated by Twitter's 284 million users.
Twitter More Prominently Suggesting Who to Follow
Twitter has tweaked its Android and iOS mobile apps by adding "who to follow" suggestions directly to users' timelines. Twitter says it relies on a number of factors to determine the suggested accounts, including users' email and phone contacts, as well as what types of accounts they already follow.