Twitter announced on Wednesday that its DM search feature has gotten a significant upgrade — it can now search through the content of your conversations and return specific messages that contain whatever keyword you type in. Before, you could only use it to search for people’s names or the names of group chats, but now, if you want to find that one conversation you had with a friend about “chili,” you can type it into the search bar.
Of course, searching for person or conversation names still works, and you can even decide whether you want to see results for people, groups, or messages — handy if the keyword you’re trying to search is someone’s name.
This change has been a long time coming. When Twitter brought DM search to Android in May 2021, it said content search was coming later that year. The company has missed that deadline by a bit. Still, at least it’s available on every platform — the original search was available on iOS for almost two years before Twitter added it to Android.
Testing it out myself, the improved search worked on the web and the iOS and Android apps. While it can search reasonably old messages, it doesn’t seem to explore all of them — it dug up results from 2020, but on my account, it didn’t include any results from 2019 or earlier. (It’s worth noting that attempts to search for people’s names also seemed only to look back that far.)
source: The Verge