Twitter To Enable Searches For Old Tweets

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNET / CBS News) — Until now, Twitter search has been limited to tweets less than a week or so old. But on Friday, the company said it would now let people search for tweets older than that.

Twitter said that it has begun slowly rolling out the ability to search for tweets older than a week.

In a blog post, the social-networking giant said it planned to enable users to find more than just the most recent tweets.

The announcement was the second this week aimed at letting users surface more content on Twitter. Earlier this week, the company rolled out updates to its iOS and Android apps, as well as to mobile.twitter.com, designed to streamline the discovery process on Twitter.

“As we roll this out over the coming days, the Tweets that you’ll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total Tweets ever sent. We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, re-tweets, and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show. We’ll be steadily increasing this percentage over time, and ultimately, aim to surface the best content for your query,” the blog post read. “For now, enjoy your trip down memory lane!”

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