Hands On: Rank vs Recent Twitter Searching

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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.

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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?



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10 Comments about “Hands On: Rank vs Recent Twitter Searching”

  1. Hands On: Rank vs Recent Twitter Searching | Apps to Feed on Says:

    [...] Originally posted here:  Hands On: Rank vs Recent Twitter Searching [...]

  2. Agitationist Says:

    Try searching on “linch”. That’s where you’ll get the real zeitgeist of Twitter:
    http://agitationist.com/1500-more-reasons-twitter-must-die

  3. Posts about Mashups and Memes as of December 29, 2008 | The Lessnau Lounge Says:

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  4. John Mellencamp Would be Proud | Twitterrati Says:

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  5. Eric Rice Says:

    Or, you know, Friendfeed kinda handles the GROUPING AND THREADING OF TOPICS, but jesus christ, we can’t get off the Twitter dick.

    Of course the business mod—

    Oops, nevermind.

  6. ParisLemon » Blog Archive » Bitchmeme: Twitter, Idiots and Why The Joker Is Right Says:

    [...] And I’m glad to see my friend Sean Percival is on the case already with Twithority, which gives a side-by-side of time-based Twitter searches versus ones [...]

  7. Twitority & Twithority Rank Tweets and Keywords By Authority | PR2.0 Says:

    [...] Over the weekend, Sean Percival and Ryan Sit also developed a Twitter search engine based on authority popularity, with a twist. [...]

  8. Twitter Search Says:

    thats great that you are talking about the twitter api,a good example of searching with the twitter api is on twiogle.com because you can search on twitter and google at the same time.

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    [...] ranks its Twitter search results by the authority of  each user, as measured by the number of followers. Again, you can click on currently popular searches from Twithority’s home [...]

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Published: December 29th, 2008 | 818 views