Karthik - I'm not sure what you mean by "decorated" - the names do
hyperlink to the profile pages.  But typically, I think the @ being
found is within the tweet content.  All of these non-english tweets
either have the @ symbol alone, or they contain a mention.

I've looked through a lot of the API docs and online forums, and I saw
that Twitter doesn't really have a wildcard search.  Is that true?
If I want to search posts for mentions or *partial* words, is there
any way to do that?  For instance, if I want to find mentions that
start with @T2*, where * can be anything or nothing...(and I would
find, for example, @T2thenike) is there a way to do that?  This
partial search would be handy for searching hashtags too, so you don't
have to nail the hashtag term exactly

I guess I'm looking for a "fuzzier" way to search.  Any suggestions?

On Oct 8, 8:20 am, Karthik Murugan <fermis...@gmail.com> wrote:
> This is strange. Did you also notice that for Non-English tweets
> returned fromhttp://twitter.com/#search?q=%40, the user names are
> decorated with links to their profile pages?
> Well, Twitter doesn't index symbols like @ # $ ^. If you'd like to
> gather the tweets containing references to twitter names, you should
> use the Streaming API to do so, because Search API doesn't treat @ as
> a keyword.
> On Oct 8, 3:18 am, Nick <t2then...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The atsymbol(@) does not seem to work when searching tweets.  When
> > the @symbolis 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:http://twitter.com/#search?q=%40http://search.twitter.com/search.atom...
> > Has anyone gotten a query to work with @ standing alone?  This there a
> > different way to perform the same search?

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