Currently there is no way to do wildcard/substring/fuzzy searching.
Only exact tokens are searchable. I agree this is somewhat limiting,
but otherwise the searching/indexing performance would suffer


On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM, Nick <> wrote:
> 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 <> wrote:
>> This is strange. Did you also notice that for Non-English tweets
>> returned from, 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 <> 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:
>> > Has anyone gotten a query to work with @ standing alone?  This there a
>> > different way to perform the same search?

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