twitter_logo_2012.pngA single tweet from one of Twitter's engineering managers suggests that the service is about to become a whole lot easier to search. What has the service got in store? 

UPDATED: Twitter Improves Search Functions

Twitter has now updated its blog with information about the full update. The new features include autocomplete to get you to your searches faster and ‘People you follow’ search results, with a drop down results menu prompting you in the right direction. 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.

Original story below:

A Tantalizing Tweet

Having added the Connect and Discovery across mobile and desktop tabs in its last major update of the service, Twitter seems like it has big things in store for the Discovery tab, which is a rather limited search tool, you'll have to admit. 

A tweet posted by Pankaj Gupta, an engineering manager who leads the Personalization and Recommender Systems group at Twitter suggests very big things are in the pipeline, and will be unveiled at some point today.  Hopefully some form of analytics and display of information that breaks away from simply finding matching tweets is on the way. 


Changing the Game

Looking for new monetization opportunities, running discovery searches that return analytic or other information could change the shape of the page and allow Twitter to place targeted adverts above any results. Or, it could help users refine their searches with more options and information. 

Whatever the result, we'll update this story when the announcement is made, hopefully later today. Stay tuned for the latest...