Tag Archives: Bayonets

Twitter unveils new search capabilities with major impact for breaking news

Big bird: Twitter improves search and improves breaking news resultsTwitter has announced changes to Twitter Search that could have a major impact on breaking news and how we find it. We all know that we go to Twitter when news breaks and either scan our timeline or do a quick search. A search can throw up a myriad of results not all of which will be relevant as it’s impossible for a computer to understand context. For instance how would it know that a search for “big bird” was referring to politics and not Sesame Street? Or that people searching for “horses and bayonets” are interested in the Presidential debates?

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Obama gets the #bayonets moment on Twitter during the final debate

The final debate might have been close with most seeming  to give it to Barack Obama and only some to Mitt Romney, but what is certainly true is that the President had the biggest moments of the night on Twitter.

The Obama campaign has taken advantage of that by proving, as it has done throughout the campaign, to be quick off the mark and snapping up key search terms. This time it has bought the word “bayonets”, which unlikely as it sounds of being the word of the night in the final debate.

The third and final debate, where Obama played the foreign policy experience card and Romney played it safe, was also the quietest in terms of social media. While the first Presidential debate broke record as most Tweeted about political event the third and final debate was a long way off of that high.

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