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Topsy Indexing over ‘5 billion Tweets,’ 100 billion Status Updates from Social Networks

Aug242010

Topsy Indexing over ‘5 billion Tweets,’ 100 billion Status Updates from Social Networks

Topsy service has now become the largest searchable collection of past tweets, over 5 billion of them, stretching back to at least May 2008. “Topsy is now the largest searchable index of content posted on Twitter – we recently indexed our 5 billionth tweet and 2.5 billionth link. Unlike most retrieval systems, Topsy organizes its search index in real-time, while still maintaining a long-term history. Our v2 architecture takes our search approach to a new level of scale – it’s designed to index over 100 billion status updates and related objects, from any social network.”

Beyond being comprehensive, Topsy has a ability to restrict a search using special “operators” or commands — such as “from” — to find tweets from a particular user or the ability to see tweets within a particular date range. Topsy has an advanced search page that makes it easy, as well as a list of commands.

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