Until now, Twitter has operated a standalone Twitter Search site in addition to allowing people to search from within Twitter.com itself. Begining today, the standalone site has moved to a new location and also gained major improvements include more relevant search results and related photos & videos.
Previously, Twitter Search was located at http://search.twitter.com. Now, that address redirects to http://twitter.com/search, revealed a tweet by Twitter.
The search.twitter.com site is now twitter.com/search. Major improvements include more relevant search results and related photos & videos!
"Searching at Twitter.com makes it easy to perform a search and then pop-open a right panel to view more about a particular tweet. It also provides access to the relatively new images and video galleries related to search topics. Twitter Search itself lacked these additional features. Now it has gained them. The experience to doing a search using the dedicated site is the same as searching from your Twitter.com home page. By default, Twitter Search now also shows "Top Tweets" rather than "All Tweets"," Danny Sullivan said.
Twitter Search also provide easy access to the advanced search page, which allows for narrowing results down through a variety of options. Oddly, Twitter had rolled out more visibility of that page within Twitter.com a few months ago, but then it silently disappeared.
"One of the big losses with the change is the ability to easily go back into time. With old Twitter Search, you could "page back" or, if you knew how to hack the URL, jump back a few days to see tweets over a short period of time. With the change, to see older tweets beyond those initially displayed, you have to keep scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling. It's a pain.
Of course, Twitter itself still only lets you go back about 5-7 days in all. Beyond that, you need to turn to Topsy, which is the only search engine providing deep archive search after the Twitter-Google deal collapsed earlier this month," Sullivan added.