Rolling out from today you should start seeing the search bar on the right hand side of your twitter page. Underneath this you’ll also have a list of the top things being tweeted. This now makes twitter very useful, in addition to its current roll of my favourite waste of time 🙂
One of the issues I have with twitter is as soon as you have more than a few people to follow, and if one or two of them are prolific twitters, you can easily miss tweets and get drowned in the tweetalanche. By being able to search, and search really well, twitter becomes more interactive. It adds the pull to what is predominantly a push service, despite what it looks like on first impressions.
This also makes it easier to use via a web browser. So far I have had to use twhirl, tweetdeck and twitkit (okay twitkit is a browser add on) to really get a grip on twitter. But the search function within the main twitter page may mean I rely less on the other twitter clients… only time will tell.
All in all this is a great roll out. How long till facebook make it easier to search statuses?