Twitter is finally testing improved direct message search features

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What you need to know

  • Twitter is testing new advanced search features to make it easier to find direct messages.
  • The features are being tested but there is no indication of when they will go live.

Searching for content within Twitter DMs has long been a problem, but the social network is now working on a fix. As discovered by developer Nima Owji, an interface already exists for improved search.

Shared to Twitter today, a screenshot shows a new search interface that will presumably be coming to the official Twitter app on iPhone and iPad soon. Exactly how soon, we don't know. But we do know that it can't come soon enough.

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The same developer also shared new screenshots of tweet reactions, something that was recently discovered by developer Jane Munchen Wong. This time, we got a better look at the options we'll have when reacting.

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Again, we don't know when tweet reactions will be made available to everyone but it is very likely to be something that is reserved for those who use the official Twitter app. That's a shame for those of us who use third-party solutions like Tweetbot, but at least we don't have to contend with Twitter changing our timelines all the time!

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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