The Twitter-analysis firm Topsy now allows you to search through tweets going back to Twitter’s 2006 debut. Topsy used to allow searches back as far as 2010, Vindu Goel writes in The New York Times. (Some reports say it went back as far as 2008.) Twitter’s own search, as Goel writes and anyone who’s ever tried to find something through it can tell you, is not as robust.
Topsy has indexed “about 425 billion pieces of content,” Goel writes.
Goel says Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land “questioned whether Topsy’s powerful tools are more than most Twitter users want.”
“People aren’t turning to Twitter search the way they are with Google,” he said. “The people who are really into Twitter search are journalists.”
And right on cue, BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel and John Herrman have located what appear to be the first Twitter appearances of the terms “Follow Fridays,” “selfie” and “cronut” (the latter dating back to 2009).