The microblogging service adds more robust search functions to help users drill down into the specific information they need.

Twitter has announced on its blog that it has carried out some improvements to its “who to follow” feature and made it easier to carry out searches on the main site.

You can now find people that are relevant to a particular subject when searching by keyword, instead of just retrieving accounts that contain the exact keyword in their username. This makes it easier to follow the Twitter accounts of people who share your interests.

If you’re searching from Twitter.com, you can now also access an Advanced Search page. This enables you to search using a number of operators. You can search for an exact phrase, sent near a specific location, from or to specific accounts, within a certain time period. You can also use :) and :( emoticons to get results based on whether tweets contain a positive or negative attitude on the subject.

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