Posted July 28, 2011 3:07 pm by with 5 comments

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Twitter is still on the move, making changes that are reportedly created to make life easier for you, the user, but really is about making things better for you, the marketer.

It begins with a new feature that pins Promoted Tweets near the top of the user stream regardless of when it actually hit. Once a user logs in to view the stream, the tweet falls into line and continues through as normal (I think, this isn’t very clear in the write-up).

Users can choose to dismiss the tweet right away with a single click. And, Twitter says, users will only see Promoted Tweets from brands they follow.

In theory, this could be helpful for users looking for a coupon or a great deal, but I’m not buying Twitter’s explanation about how this was created to “enrich” my user experience. What would enrich my experience is a stream that allows the actual cream to rise to the top giving me my favorite Tweeters above those I follow out of obligation or morbid curiosity.

Searching for the Old Search Page

Twitter also “upgraded” their search engine this week and I truly hate it. I’m not sure why I hate it, but I do. In the past, I went to instead of using the actual search box on Twitter because it returned a better selection of data, in an uncluttered, fast-loading way. Now, when you hit that page, you get an overly enthusiastic search box that says “see what’s happening right now.” Put in the term and you’re taken to the new Twitter interface which has results on the left and detail on the right.

The detail panel does make it easier to get the lowdown on the Tweeter without having to click to a new page. You can also watch linked videos right on the page, but frankly, it’s too much input all at once.

The new search also defaults to Top Tweets and you must switch to All Tweets with a drop-down to get the full picture. In that mode, loading more Tweets takes time since you aren’t actually moving to a new page as you did on the old search.

What I wish they would add is a drop-down to eliminate Tweets that aren’t in my chosen language.

Understand this Twitter, I complain because I care. Twitter is my favorite social network, so I really wish they’d check with me before making these sweeping changes.

All good for marketers, somewhat good for users. What do you think?

  • daniel

    The new twitter search is awful. I work for a popular startup and now it is much harder to follow all the tweets that come our way. I am forced to do this from the @replies on twitter which takes longer and i can’t filter results like i could on I hope someone is listening because this new search SUCKS

    • Daniel – Let Trackur do that work for you! 🙂

  • Interesting minor adjustment. Thanks for the post

    • Hi Cynthia, Eddie Smith here with Topsy Labs.
      Topsy’s got a pretty good twitter search engine that you may want to check out, for real time as well as historical results. Getting language-specific results is simply one-click. Hope this helps.

  • I have to agree that the new search is disappointing. The location search doesn’t work as well as the old one which for small businesses searching for opportunities is disappointing.