I've forwarded your message to the Japan product manager and to the
engineer who first brought Japanese tokenizing to Search.

-John Kalucki
Services, Twitter.com

On Oct 26, 2:27 am, Aki <yoru.fuku...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm developing desktop Twitter application for Mac, targeting Japanese
> Twitterers.
> I've recently implemented a feature to interface the official Twitter
> Search API.
> It came to my attention that there are several severe issues with the
> current implementation of Twitter Search.
> Firstly, many tweets posted by Japanese Twitterers are not being
> indexed at all.
> Yes, I have read the notice regarding missing tweets from the search
> results. (http://help.twitter.com/forums/10713/entries/42646)
> From looking at several people I follow, about 50% of people are not
> being indexed at all.
> Actually, tweets were never indexed at all. Many of the other Japanese
> developers have also noticed these issues.
> I have tried using the "locale" option for the search API, but it
> didn't help much.
> Secondly, the operator to execute an exact phrase search (documented
> athttp://search.twitter.com/operators) does not work for Japanese
> query.
> I'm not sure if it's supposed to work with the API though.
> This issue is annoying, because search results returned from a query
> containing Japanese characters seems to return very fuzzy results.
> I get very irrelevant results, and even find it difficult to figure
> out why it even matched at all.
> I consider Twitter Search to be the major feature of Twitter, and I
> think correcting these issues will make Twitter much better web
> service for Japanese people.
> Thank you.
> -- Aki

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