The at symbol (@) does not seem to work when searching tweets.  When
the @ symbol is alone (surrounded by nothing or whitespace) in a
search, the search returns 0 English results.  Sometimes languages
that use non-ascii characters seem to be found.  However, when the @
is followed by at least 1 alphanumeric character, the query seems to
work fine.

I found this by searching for "@ the diner downtown", and I was
getting back 0 results, but at least 1 results should have been
returned, because that's what I tweeted.  This probably affects
searches for mentions too, because you can't just search for "@".

I've used the web site and the search API:

Has anyone gotten a query to work with @ standing alone?  This there a
different way to perform the same search?

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