October 10, 2009

Searchtastic Aims To Extend Twitter Search Results With New Engine

Practically everybody is putting their data intoTwitterthese days. With an increasing velocity of tweets, it has become an escalating challenge to find data from this real-time information archive, made even more difficult by the limitations of the company's default search engine, which only displays information in the last week to two weeks. With others, includingTwazzup,CollectaandOneRiot, trying their hand at finding the information in Tweetspace, a new engine has launched today, calledSearchtastic. As it's so new, it's more "search" than "-tastic", but theypromise future features in the coming weeksthat will help the engine improve.

Searchtastic bills itself as "smart Twitter search". On launch day, there are really two major features that would have you using Searchtastic over the standard Twitter search.

The first benefit is that Searchtastic is archiving tweets longer than Twitter search (as discussed previously, there are issues). This means that tweets from more than two weeks ago may be available on their engine, but not the standard interface, giving your more results and data to work with.

The second benefit is that if you want to hone your search by adding or removing keywords, to do so is very simple. Click on keywords in search results to add them to your next query, or click on a word you just searched to remove it.

Searchtastic Finds Tweets on "Tweetie" from @scobleizer

Searchtastic also says its ability to provide "instant access to the most followed users" on their top 100 page is a feature, but I don't care so much for that, and there are other places to find beneficiaries of the controversial Suggested User List (SUL).

A Familiar Sight on Searchtastic

我测试Searchtastic,比较它与标准的Twitter搜索,它肯定提供了更多的总成绩,回去再至9月,这很可能是一开始的时候,他们开始索引。但搜索需要较长的时间来执行,你肯定不会得到任何的“热门话题”那个泡沫推特上的其他地方。事实上,在搜索"LSU", a currently trending topic on Twitter, without specifying a user name, simply provided me a bunch of tweets fromPerezHilton complaining that "#TmobileStillSucks". So that was not what I had wanted.

Searchtastic Finds Tweets on "Spam" from @mattcutts


The utility of Searchtastic looks to be when you want to search a specific user for a specific tweet, or see what that person has said about a particular topic. It's not a substitute for searching all of Twitter globally, and the highlighting of "top users" seems redundant. But if Twitter Search is drawing a blank where you know there should be results, maybeSearchtastichas it.

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