Twitter adds a 'people search' function

Search for fellow Twitterers by their real names - about blinkin' time

Twitter has finally added a people search function to the website.

It's surprising that a site this successful managed to get by without this type of functionality, but this belated function now means that you can search for fellow tweets by their real names. Crazy.

First impressions of the search have not been great. Some users have found it to be a tad buggy, throwing up random names rather than the one you actually searched for.

In our tests, it seems that the search is caps sensitive – take off the caps, and as long as the person you are looking for is a Tweet, then you should be able to find them no problem.

You can either search for names in the main search bar or go to the new, dedicated 'Who Are You Looking For?' option.

Expanding rapidly

New research conducted by internet marketing company HubSpot has found that between 5,000 and 10,000 people a day are signing up for Twitter daily, so this function will come in handy in the rapidly expanding Twittersphere.

The micro-blogging site hit the news this week when one user Tweeted his account of a plane crash - which he was in.


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Marc (Twitter, Google+) is the content team lead for Future Technology, where he is in charge of a 14-strong team of journalists who write many of the wonderful stories that end up on TechRadar, and T3 magazine. Prior to this he was deputy editor of TechRadar, had a 10-month stint editing a weekly iPad magazine, written film reviews for a whole host of publications and has been an integral part of many magazines that are no longer with us.