This is a helpful development -- especially for anyone who wants to archive tweets, or look at data from a while back. I've been capturing tweets using twapperkeeper and also via RSS feed, but both ways are a little clunky when you consider how easy it should be to find this info via keyword search.
You can't really take the demo for a spin, so I can't tell how this will work for hashtags, but I imagine it will be the same.
There are lots of other blogs reporting on this today, but this was one of the first I came across via Mashable.
Thanks -- I took a second look and realized you can demo it 🙂 Was too hasty first time around!
That is fantastic -- I just captured everything published online for a conference I attended. Right after the conference I created an archive of everything I thought was out there, and this just produced all of it + much more, up to 100 results. New favorite toy!
Looks like it catches tags too, whether in Flickr or delicious, and even pdfs with the keyword in the URL (unless there is other metadata there I'm not seeing).
Another one... POSSIBLY the mother of all the other blogs...
From the Google blog
Replay it: Google search across the Twitter archive
4/14/2010 07:00:00 AM
Since we first introduced real-time search last December, we’ve added content from MySpace, Facebook and Buzz, expanded to 40 languages and added a top links feature to help you find the most relevant content shared on updates services like Twitter. Today, we’re introducing a new feature to help you search and explore the public archive of tweets.
When I searched in google updates for a term I had used a number of times in my own tweets, I got zero results. So I don't believe their index is anywhere near complete. I'm waiting for the ability to search the LoC repository.
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