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Twitter announce new ‘Omnisearch’ feature [@SmartInsights Alert]

Author's avatar By Robert Allen 11 May, 2016
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Omnisearch will let Twitter 'provide search as a service'

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Twitter's dev team have been rather busy of late. They've refreshed the Home timeline to highlight the best Tweets first, introduced tailored content via Highlights for Android, and personalized the search results and trends pages. This, of course, is all in response to lackluster Follower growth and losing market share to competitors like Facebook and Instagram, which, unlike Twitter, sort their content via an algorithm which predicts what users will want to see.

Twitter is sticking with the reverse chronological feed because, after all, that's what makes Twitter Twitter. But because of the obvious popularity of algorithmically curated content, it is going to be showing more and more content based on relevancy to the user, rather than just what happened to be the last thing Tweeted.

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To effectively decide which Tweets users will want to see, Twitter is building a new system called 'Omnisearch'. This will let Twitter's search function perform more intelligently, and let users search for things they can't currently specify at the moment, like only surfacing Tweets with gifs in for example. You may also be able to search Periscope broadcasts, 'moments' or Vines. In Twitter's own words, they want Omnisearch to let Twitter 'provide search as a service, allowing us to build entirely new kinds of products'.

Nothing has gone live with Omnisearch as of yet, as it is still in development. But expect to see big changes to Twitter when it does roll it out. We'll update you when it does.

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By Robert Allen

I was the Editor of Smart Insights between 2015-2017. I managed the blog and you will find blog articles on a range of subjects- Marketing Technology trends and latest tech developments are a regular focus, as well as exploring key marketing concepts. You can get in touch with me on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn. The new Editor is Carolanne Mangles.

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