Twitter on Tuesday declared that it is going to make it simpler for users to search for each tweet ever sent since 2006. For years, twitter download and users have been able to make use of search.twitter.com to find tweets about certain points and to surface tweets around specific time.
Even those that have to go back to twitter sign in to check their notifications or join a conversation and catch up on tweets from the people they follow also need to go through search.twitter.com
Still, to truly focus on a specific tweet in a user’s timeline or on a specific date, you generally had to rely on third -party tools, such as the Apple owned Topsy.
However, that will soon change. On its engineering blog, the company declared that Twitter has now recorded every open tweet as from the year 2006.
Though Twitter’s mass of public tweets are already searchable via hashtags and keywords, Twitter has wanted to make its historic catalogue of tweets available to users for a while.
According to the write-up on the company’s blog “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 gets into a portion of the “nuts and bolts” about how the new search infrastructure works.
It is no little act to index the billions of tweets that have been sent over the last eight years and to make surfacing those tweets fast and simple.
Twitter explains that even though it has a continuous record of indexing every tweet (an inverted worth of a week tweets), the full index is more than 100 times as large and it grows to be several billion tweets every week.
Twitter affirmed, “We are talking about lots and lots of data to be indexed each week”.
However, the insights about how Twitter was able to accomplish these archives are worth mentioning, although we know you simply need to know how it works.
It’s really simple — and for the present, to some limited degree. Twitter tells Wired that this will grow later in the future.
You can try this – simply go to Twitter’s advanced search page and begin searching for words or phrases for a specific account or for a particular account. You can even choose a dateline. You will find tweets you have mentioned about especially your “Website” since 2006. That is simple!
For more information on how Twitter built its search service and index, check out the post.
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