ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

June 8, 2010

Searching Twitter is like drinking an Ipecac martini.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — ifindkarma @ 8:47 pm

I was posterousing about how people are bad at predicting what will make them happy.

And I wanted to find the article that??Jennifer Aaker retweeted about predicting happiness so I could link to it.
You would not believe how hard it is to find a tweet. I mean, she has only tweeted 1100 times, so it should be easy, right? Go ahead and try. I’ll wait. Here’s an image to inspire you.
Give up?
Every Twitter search engine seems to be obsessed with what just happened. (Frankly, that kind of “only real time matters” attitude is so 5 minutes ago.)
But sometimes I want to find a tweet from months or years ago.
Am I the only one who wants this? Argh!!
Searching Twitter is like drinking an Ipecac martini. Who wants chowder?


  1. Twitter for Android request: let me access the searches I’ve saved on Twitter.com and let me delete some searches I’ve made on Android.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 17, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

  2. Thank you Lucas for mentioning this helpful service…http://searchtweetsbydate.com/…though it would be much more helpful to have searchtweetsbydateandkeywords.com …

    Comment by Anonymous — June 29, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  3. It looks like the Twitter API call that searchtweetsbydate.com must be using also supports keyword search. I wonder why Twitter doesn’t just create an on-site advanced search then…

    Comment by Anonymous — June 29, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  4. I wonder why too, Lucas.Either they don’t think it’s important, or they do think it’s important but it’s not a high priority.I also found http://bettwween.com/ which lets us search for all the tweets between two people.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 29, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

  5. Btw most Twitter accounts have under 10 followers.And 20,000 users are responsible for half of all tweets.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/74-of-twitter-users-have-under-10-followers

    Comment by Anonymous — April 24, 2011 @ 2:37 am

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