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Want to Find Your Old Tweets? With A New Google App, You Can

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April 14, 2010

Want to Find Your Old Tweets? With A New Google App, You Can

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

The use of Twitter is to update your "feed" to inform other users who follow you about what you are doing, what you are thinking and where you're headed at this right very moment. All about the here and now, Twitter's capabilities are for those people who want to offer present information to the social media world.

But, what about if you want to see what you were thinking or doing a few months ago?

Now, with a new function released by Google (News - Alert), Twitter users can "replay" their tweets and search for feeds from the past.

"Tweets and other short-form updates create a history of commentary that can provide valuable insights into what's happened and how people have reacted," said Dylan Casey, product manager for Google real-time search, in a blog post, adding that Google wanted to give users a way to search across this information and make it useful.

Users can click the "show options" link when conducting a Google search, then click "updates," and the ability to search tweets is there.

Currently, the new capability only traces back to tweets from February 11, 2010, but eventually, the archive will allow users to search results going back to the first tweet on March 21, 2006, Casey said in the blog. "

The feature will roll out to all users in English in the next few days. For those who can't wait, Google has provided a sneak peek on its site.

So, for all those Twitter fanatics out there, watch what you say - you never know who can go pull up your Tweets from a while back!

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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