The Internet search giant unveiled on its Chinese search site this week a new mechanism that identifies political and other sensitive terms that are censored by Chinese authorities. For example, when users search for keywords like “carrot”—which contains the character for Chinese President Hu Jintao’s surname—a yellow dropdown message says: “We’ve observed that searching for ‘hu’ in mainland China may temporarily break your connection to Google. This interruption is outside Google’s control.
You have interests, I have interests. Now we can search for the topics we are most interested in on Twitter Search, which was given new functionality yesterday.
But is it enough? Even with advanced operators, finding new users to follow is still somewhat of a tedious process. For a website with a large userbase and thousands of tweets a minute, it’s time to step up and add search operators that allow users to find the exact type of user that would appeal to them.
Three things that would add tremendous value:
- Ability to search within profiles
- Ability to search for users with certain follow / following counts
- Ability to see my friends’ followers, sorted by follow / following counts