Twitter rolls out search engine boost

Twitter’s search engine has been overhauled to make search results more relevant for users and weighted less heavily towards the United States.

The microblogging site has introduced an autocomplete function for those exploring tweets, articles, accounts, images and videos.

This attempts to predict completed search terms started by users in a drop-down menu in a similar way to Google and Bing.

Additionally, Twitter has developed a ‘People you follow’ filter.

This function is for those who want search results filtered to include only those to whom they’re connected.

The improvements were explained in a blog by @Twitter, entitled Simpler Search.

Frost Li, an engineer for Twitter’s search and relevance team, posted: “We’re constantly working to make Twitter search the simplest way to discover what’s happening in real time. These updates make it even easier to immediately get closer to the things you care about.”

The developments arrived following a revamp to the site’s ‘discover’ section which saw spelling corrections and related queries functions added to the site in May.

Search has become an increasingly important for the site’s estimated 140 million active users.
However, the site’s previous search results have been criticised in the past for being too US focused.