What social media platform is effective when it comes to searching for stuff in real time and uncovering the beating pulse of whatever gist you may be interested in?
It’s DEFINITELY not FACEBOOK! (Don’t get me started on the number of times I’ve been frustrated with Facebook search. Try it yourself, search for any topic or hashtag on Facebook, you can use #BBnaija as an example.)
Not Instagram either, because it is quite limited to hashtags and handles.
Even the famous Google search doesn’t cut it when it comes to real-time search and that says it a lot. It is also one of the many reasons why we need to appreciate the brains behind Twitter search! Because it is the only social media platform, for now, that allows you to effectively search in real time.
Not only that, it’s also simple to use and it does a fantastic job of balancing your needs to see results in real-time with your inability to actually read the stream of tweets flying by — it does this by using an algorithm that gives you the most authoritative, or the most re-tweeted items in one category!
I repeat, no other social media platform does this, at least none that I know of.
So, this is just me appreciating the brains behind Twitter search.
Thank you for creating something as simple and effective as this.
Thank you for those times you allowed me to stay relevant when issues like #KeepTheChangeBae came up.
Thank you for allowing me to search for my old tweets and riff to my past self
Thank you for letting me stalk his tweets and that of his friends
And for those times you helped me to find the perfect meme.
Really, thank you!