October 27, 2021

Research Tools: Twitter Announces a Searchable Archive of Every Tweet is Now Accessible to All Users

A complete Twitter archive (back to tweet #1 on March 21, 2006) is now accessible to all users from any Twitter search box or the Twitter search page.

The Next Web reports:

From today, Twitter’s search engine will index roughly half a trillion tweets. It promises it will serve up queries with an average latency of under 100ms. The move means historic tweets will now be accessible to everyone through Twitter’s public search.

Previously, the complete index was only accessible to certain partners.

The news of the now publicly accessible archive was first made earlier today on Twitter’s engineering blog.

This new infrastructure enables many use cases, providing comprehensive results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences (#TEDGlobal), industry discussions (#MobilePayments), places, businesses and long-lived hashtag conversations across topics, such as #JapanEarthquake, #Election2012, #ScotlandDecides, #HongKong, #Ferguson and many more. This change will be rolling out to users over the next few days.

The post includes a lot of technical details how the index was built and implemented.

Finally, this is a good time to remind you of Twitter’s search operators that might help with finding what you’re looking for in a timely manner. Either use the advanced search box or learn the syntax itself. It’s listed here with examples.



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.