Twitter has launched a revamped version of its homepage, with the aim of emphasising the role of the site as a search tool, and appealing to new visitors. 

According to Biz Stone on the company blog the aim is to demonstrate 'the power of Twitter as a discovery engine for what is happening right now through our search and trends'. 

New Twitter homepage

There has been talk of Twitter being a search engine, and while most people will go to Google if they want to actually find something, there's no doubt that Twitter is a useful research tool, especially for journalists and marketers, to monitor real time trends and opinions.

The search box also makes sense as a method of attracting new users by showing them a glimpse of what the site is about; they can type in a topic of interest and see if people are talking about it.

As well as the prominent search box, topics that are popular right now, from the last 24 hours, or over the last week are displayed underneath the search box.

Here's the old homepage for comparison, the search option almost invisible in the small links at the bottom of the page: 

Old Twitter homepage

It's an interesting move, and certainly an improvement on the old homepage. The search function on Twitter has been frustrating to use at times, leading to a number of third party search tools designed for the site.

At least now, the search box is easy to find, though I think it could do with more options, such as the ability to filter and sort search results by relevance and date to avoid the need to scroll down huge lists of Tweets.

Graham Charlton

Published 29 July, 2009 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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It is absolutely a great move!  It is good to see search on the twitter homepage. The look and feel is also very pleasant...the typography..the colors..  

In previous design I had never seen the 'search' link in the footer!!! till I read it in this post.

Waiting to see filters (relevancy, freshness) for search results ... one may easily get lost in the huge list of tweets especially when there is no pagination.  It will also be good to have  pagination for the search results.. for the simple reason that users wil have some kind of a control over it.

I often use 'Advanced search' @ more as it allows me to carry out specific searches very effectively.

In addition, I am also looking forward to see a 'post login' section with the same look and feel of the homepage. It will be really cool.

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