Matt:

Is it a related issue that a leading or trailing asterisk is invisible
to the search API?  None of these searches return any results, even
though they do appear in a timeline API call or the streaming API:
**test
test**
**
*test
test*

Yet the search API can find:
test**test


On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 8:57 PM, Matt Harris <thematthar...@twitter.com> wrote:
> Hi Adam,
> That's correct, a tweet cannot be just a "*" or a "* word". Something like
> "**" or "* html {" would be fine though.
> Best,
> @themattharris
> Developer Advocate, Twitter
> http://twitter.com/themattharris
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM, Adam Green <140...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> So I can assume that * and * word will remain unavailable for normal
>> tweeting?
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:22 PM, Matt Harris <thematthar...@twitter.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hey Adam,
>> > The status update you are sending is part of the SMS command set.
>> >     http://support.twitter.com/articles/14020-about-twitter-sms-commands
>> > It corresponds to the FAV command and is the alias for it. It used to be
>> > documented but for some reason isn't there at the moment. I've asked the
>> > support team to make sure it is added.
>> > Best,
>> > @themattharris
>> > Developer Advocate, Twitter
>> > http://twitter.com/themattharris
>> >
>> >
>> > On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 4:09 PM, Adam Green <140...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> There are some very strange behaviors when using the statuses/update
>> >> API call to send a tweet with a single asterisk.
>> >>
>> >> 1. If you send a tweet with just a single asterisk:
>> >> *
>> >>
>> >> The API returns 200 and the response string contains the previous good
>> >> tweet in the timeline. No new tweet with an asterisk appears in the
>> >> timeline. Repeating this API call results in the same behavior.
>> >>
>> >> 2. If you send a statuses/update with a single asterisk followed by a
>> >> single word:
>> >> * test
>> >>
>> >> The first time you do this, the API returns 200 and the response
>> >> string contains the previous good tweet in the timeline. No new tweet
>> >> with the string sent to the API appears in the timeline. If you repeat
>> >> the same API call, the API returns 500 and the response string has an
>> >> HTML page that something strange happened:
>> >> <h2>Something is technically wrong.</h2>
>> >> <p>Thanks for noticing we're going to fix it up and have things back
>> >> to normal soon.</p>
>> >>
>> >> No other use of the asterisk has a problem that I can find. These bad
>> >> tweet strings cause similar problems on Twitter.com.
>> >>
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>>
>>
>>
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