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Twitter expands search capabilities to surface older tweets

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Twitter has announced that the service's search function is now capable of uncovering historic tweets.

Writing on the Twitter blog, search infrastructure engineer Paul Burstein explained the social network's intention to help users "surface the best content" for their queries.

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"Yesterday, we updated our Android, iOS and mobile web apps to make it easier for you to find relevant content when you're on the go. We also started to roll out an additional update: you'll now be able to find older tweets using search," Burstein wrote.

"Previously, Twitter search results displayed tweets going back about a week. We've developed a way to include older tweets."

Burstein went on to note that historic tweets will represent a small percentage of search results as Twitter looks to surface only the best content based on favorites, retweets and clicks.

This is no doubt a welcome addition to the platform given the high number of posts made every day. Beyoncé's half-time Super Bowl performance is said to have generated 5.5 million tweets alone.

Recent statistics show that Twitter is nearing the 500 million users milestone, with account holders estimated to make up one-third of the global internet population.

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