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Twitter Testing Search

Features being planned include the ability to save a search keyword or phrase and have it as a link on the home page sidebar.

Twitter is getting ready to launch a search engine that would make it possible for users to search for keywords and phrases being used by the people they follow on the popular messaging site, the company said this week.

Twitter Search, which would be incorporated into each user's home page, is being tested by a select number of people who have had the feature for the last few weeks, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in the company's official blog.

"We are loving this implementation of Twitter Search and the technical infrastructure to support it is mostly in place," Stone said in the Wednesday post. "We'll gather a bit more feedback from our test group and then get these features out to everyone as soon as possible."

The other features include the ability to save a search keyword or phrase and have it as a link on the home page sidebar. Clicking on the item lists the results where the short messages, or "tweets," of the people a person is following are normally displayed. The same screen is used to display search results.

Tweets are the mini-messages people send over Twitter. The messages have a 140-character limit.

In addition, the sidebar has a trend section that lists words or phrases "being referenced with more frequency suggesting that something interesting might be happening," Stone said.

"When you click on the trend line, you can read the tweets and find out what's up," Stone said. "Trends is in beta -- but it has potential."

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