posted at 18:50
Author: Karissa Bell
Bing Just Became an Excellent Way to Search Twitter
Microsoft added a host of new Tweet-discovery features to its search engine Monday, making it easier for users to find the tweets and accounts that interest them most. You can now search Bing by hashtag, look up specific Twitter handles or search for tweets related to a specific celebrity. When searching for a hashtag, for example, the search engine will suggest popular hashtags as soon as you enter the "#" symbol. When you start a search with the "@" symbol, Bing suggests accounts as you type. If you aren't sure about a suggestion, you can hover over an account name to see a preview that displays account information and recent tweets. Bing surfaces tweets based on a variety of factors, including popularity and the account status of the person who tweeted. "We look at a number of signals including tweet quality, retweet count, freshness of tweet, user-profile info and verified status, among others," the company wrote in a blog post. "Placing these signals in our model, we serve what we hope are top quality tweets."

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