Skip to main content

Twitter Continues to Friendly Things Up for New Users


Since its redesign last September, Twitter has said time and again that the site is not just for those who Tweet, but for those who consume. To that end, the company has worked to make it easier and easier for new users to find information related to their interests, with features like the "who to follow" page. Today, Twitter announced another feature to help onboard new users - search that makes it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on interest.
The improved search comes alongside another new feature - the advanced search page - which takes the various operators that have always been available to Twitter users and makes them easily accessible in a Web form.
"When you search for a topic," writes Twitter's Carolyn Penner, "you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject. [...] This new approach helps you find the Twitter users that will best help you follow your interests."
According to Twitter, searches previously only returned accounts when the specific search term showed up in the user's name or username.
Why is this important for Twitter's current direction? As Twitter's VP for business and corporate development Kevin Thau said just before the site's redesign, Twitter is not a social network. Rather, Twitter is for news, content and information. Twitter, when it comes to mainstream adoption, is for consumption.
In addition to this interest-based search, Twitter now offers an advanced search page, which makes it easier to use the advanced search operators that have always been available. Users can search for tweets from, to or referencing specific people, near a location, or including specific words, phrases or hashtags. While this functionality was always available using search operators, a Twitter spokesperson explained that Twitter "wanted to make it easier for people to search Twitter and find the information they are looking for."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top 5 Women Who Impacted Technology in 2010

Katie Stanton, International Strategist for Twitter Katie Stanton has impressively long names of companies in her resume. They include the White House, Google Inc, and her latest addition is Twitter. Her remit is working on Twitter’s international strategy and her experience in social media will be a key asset to the company. Katie has a history of working in technology, and her knowledge of departmental laws will help Twitter work alongside government agencies, as she’ll be spearheading the free information approach, especially after the Wikileaks incident. Stanton has been a key player in the techsphere for some time, and this extends to her private life. Following the Haiti disaster she worked with a group of engineers to create a free texting service to help those in need and she is constantly in demand as an expert in both social media and government policy.
Caterina Fake, Co-Founder of Flickr and Hunch Despite having a surname which sounds like a pseudonym for a spy (it’…

AT&T MiFi 2372 review

In the week or so that I have been testing the AT&T MiFi 2372 by Novatel Wireless, it has already saved no less than three lives. First, it saved my cable guy’s life. You see, Time Warner Cable provides the worst home Internet service I have ever experienced. I can’t even think of a close second. If providing terrible home Internet service was a sport, Time Warner Cable would be on its tenth consecutive undefeated season. Forget the fact that my upload speed is capped at 60Kbps and I’m lucky if I can get half that — it has been months since I’ve gone through a full day without at least one service interruption. Months. Unfortunately, Time Warner Cable has an exclusive contract with my building so I have no choice but to endure its abysmal service. Last week, as a Time Warner Cable technician entered my home for the sixth time in two months, I realized that this certainly would have spelled serious trouble had it not been for my trusty new back up device. Before the Mi…

Evolution Of Computer Virus [infographic]