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You Can Now Send Tweets—And Other Links—In Twitter Direct Messages

Twitter announced Thursday that users can now share public tweets inside direct messages.

If that announcement struck you as a headscratcher—couldn’t you do that before?—you’re not wrong. You’ve long been able to include links to a tweet’s detail page in a private message on Twitter. But especially on mobile devices, that’s been a cumbersome, multistep process.

Twitter now makes it a feature that’s easily available by pressing down on a tweet for a longer period, which could encourage more people to have private conversations about tweets. That, in turn, might get them to participate more on Twitter, especially if they’re not comfortable responding publicly with a reply, retweet, or favorite.

See also: Search All The Tweets! Twitter Now Indexed All The Way Back To 2006

Twitter’s new tools for including links to tweets in private messages will go a long way toward encouraging people to use it for private conversations.

“Twitter is already a great place for public conversation; now it’s also easier to privately discuss things you care about,” Sachin Agarwal, a project manager at Twitter, wrote.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has often spoken about encouraging users to have private conversations about public tweets. This removes one barrier, but Twitter has more work to do.

In particular, it needs to add the ability to have private group conversations, as Pinterest has done. Twitter direct messages are only one-on-one chats at present.

See also: What Twitter Can Learn From Pinterest Conversations

Separately, Twitter restored the ability to send links of any kind earlier this week. More than a year ago, Twitter blocked the ability to send most links through direct messages, in a move to prevent spam, which was spreading as hackers hijacked Twitter users’ accounts to send links to harmful malware pages. 

Even then, some links weren’t blocked—in particular, links to twitter.com, an indication of how important Twitter felt these private conversations about tweets were.

Twitter’s previous restrictions on sending links through direct messages were not unique. Tumblr also prevents users from sharing links with one another through private Ask messages, ostensibly to ward off spam. (The less popular Tumblr Fan Mail, which cannot be posted publicly on users’ Tumblr blogs, does allow links.)

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Twitter Lets Users Search for Every Public Tweet Ever Sent

Twitter’s new search engine means that you can now search for any tweet ever sent. And there are half a trillion of them now available to view.

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Search All The Tweets! Twitter Now Indexed All The Way Back To 2006

Twitter gave its search function a major upgrade, indexing the hundreds of billions of public tweets sent since 2006, the company announced on Tuesday.  

Currently, Twitter’s search feature is fairly perfunctory, returning what it calls “real-time” tweets that go back only about a week. The expanded search feature, rolling out to users in the next couple of days, will access an index of  “roughly half a trillion documents,” Twitter engineer Yi Zhuang wrote in a blog post. The current cache of every tweet ever tweeted “is more than 100 times larger than our real-time index and grows by several billion Tweets a week.”  

Beyond just  helping you dig up that tweet about that one show that one time, the expanded archive allows access to all manner of documentation. As the Twitter post points out: 

This new infrastructure enables many use cases, providing comprehensive results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences (#TEDGlobal), industry discussions (#MobilePayments), places, businesses and long-lived hashtag conversations across topics, such as #JapanEarthquake, #Election2012, #ScotlandDecides, #HongKong,#Ferguson and many more. 

Twitter engineers took on this mammoth project incrementally over the past two years, a process Zhuang describes in laborious detail in his post. 

Like Google or Topsy’s third-party Twitter search engine, you can search by keyword or hashtag, and select a time frame or Twitter account to narrow down the results. Zhuang writes that Twitter will continue to fine tune its in-house search engine. 

If you can’t wait for the feature to pop up on your own Twitter account, you can try it out on this test page, which searches public New Years tweets posted between Dec. 30, 2006 and Jan. 2, 2007.

Lead image by Anthony Quintano

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Twitter Search Now Indexes Every Public Tweet

Twitter history will soon be more accessible. The company announced today that it is giving users the ability to search within the full archive of public tweets. From a blog post by Twitter search infrastructure engineer Yi Zhuang: Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of…



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SearchCap: Google Serious On Mobile, Twitter Search Expands & AdWords Demographic Charts

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Is Experimenting With Special Ranking For Mobile-Friendly Sites Google already penalizes sites that provide a bad experience to mobile searchers. Now the…



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SEO Weekly Roundup: Facebook Does LinkedIn, Twitter Does SEO, and More – Internet Marketing News


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Twitter Plans To Introduce A Timeline That Resembles Facebook’s News Feed by @mattsouthern

Twitter recently announced some changes that are coming soon to the network, with one in particular that’s already not sitting well with longtime Twitter users. Twitter’s timeline of real-time updates may instead by replaced by an algorithmically-controlled timeline that’s more akin to Facebook’s News Feed. There’s no question that all social networks need to evolve in order to stay relevant, but is this evolution or devolution? I’ll let you decide. Here’s a quote from Twitter’s announcement: “… we’re experimenting with better ways to give you what you come to Twitter for: a snapshot of what’s happening. We can use information […]

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Twitter: Renewed Focus On SEO Generated 10 Times More Visitors

Think social media has killed search as a traffic driver? Think again, given that social media giant Twitter shared today that SEO has helped it generate a 10-times increase in logged-out visitors to its web site. The news came during the Twitter Analyst Day event today. Twitter’s director of…



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SearchCap: Twitter Renews Focus On SEO, Facebook’s New Places Directory & Mobile Search, Shopping & Buying Tips

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: EBay Dumps Google Syndicated Ads For Bing Ads On Mobile Devices Quietly, eBay has dumped Google AdWords sponsored text ads from mobile devices in favor of Bing…



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