I know this is a feature that many people would like to see (including
myself). It may be on the Search team's roadmap, but please create a
Google Code ticket for it so we can track it:


On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM, Jonathan Snook
<jonathan.sn...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Is it possible to add a simple "Starts with" token for the Search API?
> (and maybe an ends with token if people want that, as well).
> For example, it'd be nice to be able to do "^overheard" and only catch
> those tweets that specifically start with the word instead of having
> the word appear anywhere in the tweet. Likewise, it'll make it easier
> to match "^OH" (although, I'd prefer to be able to match "^OH:" but I
> know the colons get stripped).
> Thanks,
> -Jonathan

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