Twitter enables users to search through its entire index of public tweets

Twitter enables users to search through its entire index of public tweets

In a Tuesday blog post, popular microblogging service Twitter said that, as a result of its Tweet Index project, all the public tweets - approximately half a trillion - which have been posted on the platform since its 2006 launch have been indexed and made searchable for the users.

Twitter has said in its blog post that, in the next few days, the complete results from its 'Tweet Index' will become accessible, via the 'All' tab, on the Twitter website as well as on the social network's iOS and Android apps.

Though the entire index of public tweets will still have to be searched from the regular search bar or the advanced search page, a click on the 'All' tab will unfold results from the full index of tweets. In addition, over time, more tweets will also appear in the 'top' results tab.

About Twitter's move to index all public tweets and make them searchable, Yi Zhuang - co-leader of 'Tweet Index' project - one of Twitter's objectives behind creating the exhaustive, searchable index of tweets was to make the system modular as well as scalable, in projection of its growth over time. Moreover, Twitter also wants its system to be cost-effective, simple and quick to use, and developed incrementally.

Asserting that Twitter has built the full index this year "with a multi-tier architecture, focusing on scalability and operability," Zhuang said that the new Tweet Index "serves queries with an average latency of under 100 milliseconds."

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