Every public tweet since the launch of Twitter in 2006 is now being indexed so as to be easily searchable.
As announced by Twitter in a new blog post:
Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have captured everyday human experiences and major historical events. Our search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and our search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency. But our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every Tweet ever published.
The blog post discusses the technical aspects of what Twitter has had to do to enhance the coverage of its search index infrastructure. But as noted by MacStories, perhaps of more interest and import to us end-users are the options that are now afforded us to carry out advanced searches through Twitter’s public archive.
Complete results from the search index infrastructure are viewable in the “All” tab of search results on the Twitter Web client and the Twitter apps for iOS and Android. According to Twitter, more tweets from the index may be expected to appear in the “Top” tab of search results over time.
Refer to the table below for the operators supported by Twitter’s advanced search:
Last week, Twitter announced some significant improvements that would be rolled out to its social networking service in the coming months, including native video sharing and direct messaging enhancements.
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