But wait, there's more — Twitter also announced an improved search function that adds videos and photos into hashtag or keyword searches right on the homepage. They even put together a little video to celebrate. Check it out after the break.
It alerts you anytime anyone tweets about Twilight, vampires, or whatever it is you really care about, since you can customize the alert keywords. Wanting to stay on top of the up-to-the-minute Robert Pattinson news? Or maybe you're more into finding out every detail about the still unconfirmed Apple Tablet? Set an alert for "Apple Tablet," and you'll get an email alert at the end of the day, twice a day, or anytime there's a tweet about it.
I was kinda bummed when I realized that practically everyone got the neat Twitter search bar on their Twitter pages but me. Just when I was about to lose all hope, Twitter announces that they've transitioned out of their "testing phase" and have rolled out search for everyone. Now when I'm in Twitter, I can search the site for real time results for tweets containing that word. Top trendy search results showing up right now? You guessed it, swine flu, H1N1 and Wolverine.
I know, I've already dished out seven of my favorite Twitter tips, but I've got a new one that is sure to come in handy if you want to know what's hot on Twitter.
What Twitt(url)y does is track the most talked about URLs on Twitter and displays the 100 most popular URLs from the past 24 hours. Similar to Digg, users can vote for a URL by sending a link to their followers on Twitter.
Considering the fact that we're all realizing the power of using Twitter as a search engine, I'm sure a ton more sites like this will be popping up in the near future. Oh, and if you are searching for something specific on Twitter, there's always Twitter Search too.