On a slow news weekend it took just one request from Frenchmen Loic Le Meur to set the tubes a blaze. He wanted to see Twitter search results by authority (number of followers). While this certainly raises some questions, its not a terrible thing to request. In fact I was also curious what the search results might look like.
So I asked our special projects guru Ryan Sit to work something up. The result is an interesting mashup, results based on rank and time posted with both being displayed side by side. Give it a test drive yourself here.
Let’s start with the original reason Loic requested the feature, ego searching his Le Web event.
Already we can begin to see some of the shortcomings, at least for this topic. When ordered by rank the first results are dominated by Robert Scoble and Loic himself. Once you scroll down a bit though you begin to see some other nice results based on rank. The right side displays most recent twits and also looks to contain some nice results too.
Try it with a few other topics:
Tomorrow we can add a few more tweeks to the site and welcome your feedback. I’ll also have Ryan share some of the ways he has done this using the Twitter API.
Do Twitter results based on authority do anything for you?