January 16, 2022

Images, Video Now Available On Twitter Search Results Pages and Company Will Offer Its Own Photo Upload Service

Direct to Complete Twitter Blog Post (With Video)

What’s New Today

Enhanced Search Results

Top Tweets, Top Images, Top Video

Now, when you run a  search at Twitter.com you’ll notice a few new things.

1. Results (Left Column)
+ Default sort is now relevance
+ “All Tweets” allows you to view tweets as they become available (last in, first out)
+ “Only Tweets With Links” is self-explanatory

+ First and second result often labeled “Top Tweet” or “Promoted Tweet”
Top Tweet is most popular and Promoted Tweet lets a company to pay to have the tweet at the top of the list.

2. Right Column

+ New: Top Images (For the Specific Search)
+ New: Top Vide0s (For the Specific Search)

Click on an image or video and a new page will open with a black background and the image or video in the middle.

But That’s Not All:

If you use this new version of Firefox with Twitter, you can type a #hashtag or @username directly into the address bar to go right to a search results page (try #idol) or someone’s profile page (like @nba). Simple.

Coming Very Soon

As expected, Twitter will soon allow users to attach and upload images DIRECTLY from an actual tweet. In other words, no need to click to another picture/video hosting service and the upload. Twitter will provide the new feature via a partnership with Photobucket.

Note: as this new service begins to become available in the coming weeks it will ONLY be accessible if you use the Twitter.com user interface.  The blog post says that Twitter will also offer this feature for all official Twitter apps sometime in the future. Finally, the company adds they they’re working with mobile carriers around the world so users without smartphones but are able to send a text message (MMS) will be able to use the new photo upload feature.

See Also: More From Search Engine Land
The article also contains info about how Twitter determines relevancy on results pages.

Direct to Complete Twitter Blog Post

UPDATE: For those of you interested in a look at how Twitter search works this article will be of interest. It ‘s somewhat technical but most everyone should be able to learn a few things.

“The Engineering Behind Twitter’s New Search Experience” (via Twitter’s Engineering Blog)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.