A tweet does not show up under the Hashtag feed, if the tweet also contains a URL along with the hashtag. Is this behavior normal?

gaurav59387032
@gaurav59387032 gaurav

I'm building a product that allows user to tweet a link along with the hashtag. But when a tweet is posted that also contains a URL , I find that it is missing from the twitter Search, and the hashtag feed, and appears in both as soon as remove the link.

I looked up the FAQ for the HashTags and did not find an explanation. Is this behavior normal?
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Gaurav

1 year 38 weeks ago

Replies

thewarylemming
@thewarylemming The Wary Lemming

Same EXACT issue here and Twitter support has been no help at all.

Please post if you get a fix.

1 year 36 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

These particular tweets are just going unindexed by the search service -- not all tweets are indexed.

Why are the Tweets I'm looking for not in Twitter Search, the Search API, or Search widgets?

Twitter's search is optimized to serve relevant tweets to end-users in response to direct, non-recurring queries such as #hashtags, URLs, domains, and keywords. The Search API (which also powers Twitter's search widget) is an interface to this search engine. Our search service is not meant to be an exhaustive archive of public tweets and not all tweets are indexed or returned. Some results are refined to better combat spam and increase relevance. Due to capacity constraints, the index currently only covers about a week's worth of tweets.

The user timeline API is the definitive source of tweets by a specific author. For a collection of recent Tweets by more than one user, consider creating a Twitter List and leveraging the list timeline. The Streaming API is often the best-fit choice when seeking completeness.

If the tweets you're looking for aren't available in search and you think they should be, consult this support topic for further instructions to contact @Support.

1 year 36 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Got the exact same problems (and it's not the usual Why are the Tweets I'm looking for not in Twitter Search, the Search API, or Search widgets?...)

I post :
Google : 109 mots clés ayant un nombre de clic quotidien exact supérieur à 1000 #referencement
It appears on the hashtag #referencement
As soon as i post an url it's hidden.

btw : it used to work fine then suddenly didn't work anymore

Thx.

1 year 27 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

This is still the same case covered by that FAQ question. Your tweets with links aren't being indexed by Search while your tweets without links are.

1 year 27 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

thx
Sorry but i didn't find any feedback about this topic on the faq where is the link ?

Btw, it used to work then it suddenly stop.

Antoine.

1 year 27 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

An update : sometime it go throw :

ok with
répartition des CTR adwords naturel http://t.co/YTfYqiLG #referencement
or
répartition des CTR adwords naturel http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study #referencement
but not with
Exclu : Top 20 des marques les plus recherchées sur Google http://t.co/IUG5l8nv #referencement

Think i got it now. I think there is the following rule :

When a new user post a new url (domain name never mentionned on twitter) on a hashtag, it is blaklisted.

1 year 27 weeks ago
undergroundfoto
@undergroundfoto Twistedboots

@antoinemussard

Correct!!!

1 year 6 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

It's not that they are blacklisted, it's just that they are not being indexed by search. Search's index is limited and it's focused on providing relevant results to typical user queries. To serve that purpose, it doesn't index every tweet and has some dynamic, evolving criteria it uses when indexing.

1 year 27 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Sorry but i don't think so
An example :

ok :
uh uiugi guigui gui #referecement

ok :
répartition des CTR adwords naturel http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study #referencement

not ok (doesn't show)
hii hzeioe oihhoe heg http://www.google.fr #referencement

I think there is really an issue

1 year 27 weeks ago
open8roger
@open8roger Roger Nyman

My tweet "Only 0.55% of the legitimate voted in the DA Community Election. On the other hand, 0.06% have chipt-in to #VDC #drupal http://www.angrydonuts.com" didn't show up in search.
On the other hand, my "Only 0.55% of the legitimate voted in the DA Community Election. On the other hand, 0.06% have chipt-in to #VDC #drupal" did!

1 year 27 weeks ago
gaurav59387032
@gaurav59387032 gaurav

Hi Taylor,

Thanks for your responses. From what you are suggesting, it seems like every tweet goes through a evolving process of evaluation, after which its given a score, and the tweets below a certain score threshold are removed from the process of indexing. Correct me if I am wrong.

If that is true, then it seems like, adding a url is greatly reducing the score for the tweets. Are there any guidelines that are static and not evolving that can be used to increase the probability of the the tweet to be indexed. (Other than the "very" general guidelines mentioned in the FAQ.). If yes, please add them to the FAQ's, seeing that this query is not localized to a few developers but experienced by many.

1 year 27 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

All guidelines I can give you will always be evolving. Twitter is an evolving product and the concept of search relevance and what-is-indexed versus what-is-not is continually changing. The best advice is to operate a great Twitter account with the aim of producing great content, and build a following around that content. Being indexed by search shouldn't be a goal in and of itself, it should be considered the result of producing great tweets that users find relevant.

1 year 27 weeks ago
mryarsawich
@mryarsawich Chris Yarsawich

Hi Taylor,

Your response is so obnoxious that if I had reason to believe it truly represented the attitude of Twitter towards its users, I would cease to be one of them. The whole point of using hashtags is to engage in a public conversation, so yes, being indexed by search is in fact a goal in and of itself. This inevitably involves linking via shortened URLs, which somehow earns a Twitter-enforced blacklist. Your "best advice" is really only a solid justification for new users to not bother with Twitter at all. That you fail to see this as a problem suggests that Twitter isn't really interested in providing a "great" service in which an ever-increasing number of users produce and share "great content." I'm one more snotty response from deleting my account, and certainly won't bother trying to use Twitter with my students this coming school year.

37 weeks 6 days ago
stella_mac
@stella_mac Penelope

I've posted this on another thread and this is how it is:

A new user or someone with not many followers tweets or retweets with a url from a non authority website, that tweet wont show up on twitter
If they same account tweets or RTs with an url from an authority website ( any large site like BBC, YouTube, etc...) then that tweet or RT will show on twitter search

So, the difference here is the url in question. URLs from non authority websites get ignored if they are tweeted from a new user or someone with not many followers.

Not very fair when someone might want to get new followers interested on a same topic but since their tweets won't show up on twitter then it's hard

1 year 25 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Peneloppe you are right. But it is not only authority websites.

Ex :

displayed under #referencement :
uh uiugi guigui gui #referecement

not displayed
hii hzeioe oihhoe heg http://www.google.fr #referencement

1 year 24 weeks ago
mostlyerror
@mostlyerror possibility

Hi

Same issues as posters above ie. hashtag with URL link not posting in hashatag feed.
Am using URLS of 'authority' websites tried various test tweets with changes of URL shortner and location of #descriptor position.

Also tried opening a new account. Still had the clash with the hash.

No advice from twitter support except for continual directing towards standard support pages - which are not relevant to the problem!

As the use of hashtag postings are part of the contribution towards the course I am taking this is really frustrating and makes a lot of the twitter experience useless.

Could someone from the developers/twitter team please investigate and advise.
All help heartily welcomed.

1 year 23 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Hello;

Can someone from the developers/twitter team handle this problem seriously ?

a sumup :

when we post to a hastag, sometime it is blacklisted depending the target url.

Ex :
uh uiugi guigui gui #seo -> ok appear under #seo
uh uiugi guigui gui http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study seo -> ok appear under #seo
uh uiugi guigui gui http://www.google.com seo -> never appear under #seo

thank you.

1 year 21 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

As explained before, it's not that you're using any kind of blacklisted URL, those tweets are just not being indexed. Not all tweets are indexed by search and the indexer has strategies it leverages to decide which tweets will be indexed and which will not. Ultimately, the Search service is about providing relevant results to the widest audience on Twitter. The Search service is not meant to be an exhaustive index of every Tweet that matches a certain criteria. What is and is not indexed and the criteria used evolve continuously.

1 year 21 weeks ago
stella_mac
@stella_mac Penelope

The problem is that sending a tweet with an URL from a major website it gets indexed whereas if I tweet or RT with an URL from a lesser website or blog then my tweet won't be indexed.
So, twitter search ignores urls from blogs giving preference to authority websites and this is not fair

1 year 18 weeks ago
Khumzinoh
@Khumzinoh Sfisokhumalo

Jeah

1 year 18 weeks ago
aptshirts
@aptshirts Adam Poole

I agree with Stella. I was trying to improve traffic to my new blog but any links to site mean the tweets do not appear in Search. This is not very helpful.

Without links to non "authority" sites hash tags work fine.

Oh well at least now I know and can amend my tactics...

1 year 14 weeks ago
undergroundfoto
@undergroundfoto Twistedboots

@stella_mac That's EXACTLY right!

1 year 6 weeks ago
undergroundfoto
@undergroundfoto Twistedboots

@episod My question is: How do new tweeters get followers when we are indexed out on a blacklist?

I'm a newbie to twitter and have just discovered the endless possibilities it offers to market your work. Being very excited for the growth, I carefully learned about the "etiquette" and how to attract followers if used correctly. Day 1 work brilliantly. However, Day 2 (yesterday) I spent researching and emailing support on why my links are not activating my hashtags. I've tried everything from recreating portfolios on several photoshare sites to shorten links, etc. Every tweet I do with a link FAILS and now I've come to a complete halt. This also seemed to effect other links that I send of others artwork so it's not an isolated case. If I keep testing things out I'll be loosing the little amount of followers I've accumulated.

It took me a while to find you folks, and twitter has NOTHING on their help page. I look forward to finding a solution and will keep you posted of my findings.

1 year 6 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

No sorry but sometime it is balklisted depending the URL :

uh uiugi guigui gui #seo
-> ok appear under #seo
uh uiugi guigui gui http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study #seo
-> ok appear under #seo
uh uiugi guigui gui http://www.google.com #seo
-> never appear under #seo

Can you tel me why it appears with searchenginewatch.com and not google.com ? It is unbelievable and quite frustating...

1 year 21 weeks ago
digiliteracynh
@digiliteracynh Digitalliteracynh

Taylor, thank your for the answers. This however turns out to be a big deal for any of the 'end users' of Twitter who want access to small group discussions around hashtags (i.e. in a classroom setting). Hashtags become meaningless if they are not accessible, and the suggested alternative of using lists also eliminates any topic organization. So for a common user in a small group, hashtags have been rendered useless-- I'm sure you know that there are a lot of small groups out there. Are there any plans to reconsider this policy?

1 year 18 weeks ago
SHUsocialmedia
@SHUsocialmedia Prof. Kyle Heim

I want to echo Digitalliteracy's comments above. I am using Twitter and a Wordpress blog for a course in social media that I teach. I was intending to use a hashtag for all tweets related to the course. That way, I could have students search for the hashtag rather than requiring all of them to all follow one another. Also, students and faculty not in the course could follow what we're doing by searching for the hashtag. But when I tweeted a link to the course blog and included the hashtag, the tweet didn't show up in search (I presume because a newly created Wordpress blog is not considered authoritative enough for the tweet to be indexed). If students in the course tweet links to their work on the Wordpress blogs they're creating for the course, I presume those tweets won't show up either. That seems to defeat the whole purpose of having a course hashtag.

1 year 14 weeks ago
Robert_MacKay_
@Robert_MacKay_ Robert MacKay

Indexing explanation doesn't hold water. Problem also appears to have a demonstrable political component... as well, I have noticed that other user acounts, even with fewer posts, can post same link to a hash that I cannot.

1 year 14 weeks ago
dannymaas
@dannymaas Danny Maas

Agreed with the above posts. I teach a course and our class discussions are organized by the class hashtag. It only affects specific users every time a link is included with the hashtag. Once the link is gone the tweets are indexed. Hashtags are a great way to connect with others around topics of interest. Surely there must be a fix. That it happens to the same limited users only tells me that their tweets are being flagged.

Twitter - you are amazing and have revolutionized professional learning for the education community. I also get that spammers really make it difficult to weed out the legit tweeters, especially new accounts with limited followers. But don't tell me to tweet differently - fix the problem please!

1 year 13 weeks ago
zozhou
@zozhou Zo Zhou

Also agree with Penelope, digitalilliteracy. Just started trying to use twitter again by participating in a conversation from a panel discussion. The organisers organised a hashtag and will collate all the tips that people post using that hashtag, but I when I post a link to the tips on my blog it doesn't appear. I get that Twitter doesn't want hashtags to be swarmed with spam and marketing/PR manipulation but in the end it seems to be a bit shit for bloggers and independent media. The irony.

1 year 13 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

For twitter team a little sumup of the bug (everybody is blocked for a long time) :

Hello world #seo -> ok appear under #seo
Hello world http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study #seo -> ok appear under #seo
Hello world http://www.google.com #seo -> never appear under #seo

Most of URL doesn't apper under hashtag

Is it possible to get an official reply ?
Thank you

1 year 12 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

There are a few "official replies" from me in this very thread on this topic.

Some tweets, for whatever reason or current selection strategy, aren't indexed by search, while others are. The selection strategies change & evolve over time. The search index is not meant to be an exhaustive accounting of all public tweets, it's a collection of tweets that the indexer indexed for searching.

1 year 12 weeks ago
undergroundfoto
@undergroundfoto Twistedboots

@episod

No matter what I did. Not once was I searchable.

In my case I am an emerging photographer and visuals/presentations are everything. I opened my account about 5 days agos (or at least started paying attention to it) and just closed shop tonight due to indexing. I was looking forward to the possibilities of twitter taking me to that next level, but due to indexing I wasn't even in the game.

My experience.

I would create a sample of 5 or more photos to gear towards a specific audience. #headshots, #models #photoshoots. And an additional 5 or so for #musicians, art magazines, #galleries.

NOT ONE was EVER searchable due to the indexing no matter where I created from. Pinterest, Tumblr, Artstant or my website. No matter how short I made that link from bit.ly etc. and worst of all just as I'm searching for mine I'd come across another looking for a photographer for hire for headshots. Several times that's happened to me. Not to mention the numerous spam.

I finally exhausted all my options after creating new a account and still would not be searchable. So I quit and deactivated.

I hope this feedback is helping you with the indexing evolution and I look forward to staying in the loop as hopefully Twitter will find a solution someday. I'm sure it's not an easy task.

However, if it is Twitter's intent to just stick with the big guns, that's cool. Just tell us so.

1 year 6 weeks ago
ellentsang
@ellentsang Ellen Tsang

I understand it may be difficult to handle this problem, but this is becoming a major issue for many Twitter users and dissatisfaction with your company's service is increasing DUE to this issue. Can you please tell the responsible team of this problem, instead of continuously repeating the same unhelpful response about "some tweets won't be indexed". That simply is not an adequate response to this growing issue.

I, for one, cannot even get my tweets to show up in Hashtag feeds WITHOUT a url, when my tweets are a NECESSARY graded component to my university course. It is extremely frustrating.

29 weeks 5 days ago
GranGilbert
@GranGilbert Gilbert Granholm

My links with hashtags sometimes work. Many times not. Looking at the amount of spam with the hashtag #blogg100 still cannot figure this out. The most of the spam comes from tweeters with 0 followers, 0 following and less than 100 tweets.

1 year 12 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Taylor;

Thank you. I didn't see that you were official.

You meen so that hashtags are useless because you can't know when you insert a link if it will be shawn.

In order to prevent spam, i think there are better algorithms to built.

Thank you.
Antoine.

1 year 12 weeks ago
RoomRevival
@RoomRevival Room Revival

I'm very frustrated. You can't even contact Twitter support anymore.
So, we never know when, or if, our tweets will show up. Wow, legitimate tweets get blocked, while I've seen so many garbage and porn related tweeters show up.
REALLY disappointed that there isn't a way for legitimate people to get their tweets 'indexed'
Mine don't even show up if I 'retweet' a tweet with a URL in it. Even an already 'approved' URL (obviously, or the tweet wouldn't have even been there for me to retweet).

1 year 12 weeks ago
jihanj
@jihanj Jihan Joo; 주지한

I echo @SHUsocialmedia, @antoinemussard, @RoomRevival, and other users' frustrations and would like to add my own. The Twitter support ticket was very unhelpful and frustrating because it wouldn't even connect me to a live support agent but direct me to a FAQ page that was not helpful at all.

The problem that I am having (not with this twitter account, but a new account that I set up almost a year ago mainly for the purpose of promoting my blog posts) is as follows: All my tweets, no matter how inane or useless, do show up in twitter search fine EXCEPT when they contain a even a single URL (including shortened links). Now, the URL doesn't even have to be a shady one. Links to the most reputable websites including google.com, facebook.com, etc., never show up in search once I include one in my tweet. Now, most of my tweets include links because that is what I do to let my current and potential blog readers that a new post is up. For me, it would be pointless to tweet something without a link because no one would be able to get to the blog post.

I understand that Mr. Singletary @episod is trying to explain that not all tweets are supposed to be indexed and some algorithm under the hood decides what gets in and what stays out depending on their "relevance" to the user query. He also assures us that no one is "blacklisted" per se and we will all get our fair share of exposure on search page if only we were to adopt best practices and be more patient.

What I and so many other users above are trying to say here, however, is that we do understand that some tweets don't get indexed, but the algorithm seems to be "broken," in that it is arbitrary and doesn't necessarily promote "relevance." In addition, some of us most definitely do seem to be "blacklisted" (temporarily or otherwise I cannot tell).

Here's why I think so:

First, having or not having a URL in your tweet should not have anything to do with relevance but everything to do with blacklisting (suspecting that you're a spammer). If anything, including a URL would make your tweet more relevant not less. Here's my point:

Tweet #1: Hey, guys, did you see that hilarious new cat video on YouTube? youtu.be/A#B@C-D
Tweet #2: Hey, guys, did you see that hilarious new cat video on YouTube?

Now, I can't fathom how Tweet #2 could be any more relevant or useful to anyone searching for a funny cat video on Twitter than Tweet #1 would be. They contain the exact same statement. If anything, Tweet #1 is arguably more useful because it contains more information (i.e., a helpful URL). I'd love to see anyone make an argument that Tweet #2 would be more useful than Tweet #1 in terms of a search result from the pure relevance standpoint (not taking into account whether Tweet #1 is more likely to be a spam).

Second, some of us are definitely "blacklisted" on a per-person basis. Specifically, some users seem to be designated by Twitter for some unknown reason as being "not allowed to tweet URL."
How do I know this? If someone else tweets Tweet #1 above word for word, her tweet shows up in search right away. If she retweets my "blocked" Tweet #1, suddenly my blacklist status is temporarily lifted and my own Tweet #1 suddenly shows up in search. (My subsequent tweets are still blocked.) The only difference in the examples that I gave you is who tweeted the message. There can be no other criteria. And I'm not talking about randomly and arbitrarily missing out on Twitter indexer's next aggregation round. It is systematic and consistent. My tweets containing URLs never get picked up by the indexer while my URL-free tweets are always indexed.

I understand that spamming is a real problem on Twitter and a fair amount of automation is necessary to keep the level of policy violations down. I also understand that posting many URLs is consistent with the behavior of spammers. I'm not saying that this policy should be necessarily abandoned.

What I do want to know, however, is one thing: Is this "ban" or "blacklisting" or "not indexing" or whatever you call it, is this a permanent measure? In other words, can we ever rehabilitate ourselves?

I am thinking of maybe creating a new account and starting over (this time probably not use it exclusively to promote blog posts with URLs, but tweet some "normal" stuff as well?). Doing this will obviously result in losing all my followers (yes, all seven of them lol) not to mention losing all my past tweets. Then, there will be the issue of smoothly transitioning to the new account: duplicating profile information, and transferring the twitter handle. If I could help it, I would definitely want to avoid this hassle.

So my question is this: If I "behave nicely" from now on (whatever that means), at some point in the future, will I be ever allowed to tweet URLs again?

Since no one at Twitter is willing to tell me exactly what I did to earn this "no URL tweet" status (and yeah, I understand their reluctance about disclosing the exact criteria because then people would try to game the system), I honestly don't know how I should change the way I use Twitter. Is it because I follow people than other people follow? I added too many people too fast or slow? I don't tweet non-URL tweets as much as I should? Retweet too much? Retweet too little? I mean, what should I do?

1 year 11 weeks ago
jihanj
@jihanj Jihan Joo; 주지한

Oh, BTW, hashtags are not a problem for me. I can use them all I want and the tweets show up in search just fine.

Maybe links and hashtags are two different issues?

1 year 11 weeks ago
DanielRLeblanc
@DanielRLeblanc Daniel R. Leblanc

ahhh... now I see. First I thought, that my account might be broken, but no: It's just supposed to be this way.

1 year 11 weeks ago
Micha_579
@Micha_579 Micha

I'm having the same problem: (1) Tweets WITHOUT a url (but which include a hashtag) always show up in the hashtag search; (2) Tweets WITH a url (and which also include a hashtag) never show up in the hashtag search. In most cases, this makes Twitter useless to me - only useful for "saying stuff", but useless when posting url's (which is the most useful feature of Twitter).

People who are interested in a specific hashtag often just follow the hashtag. So if I have a relevant url to post to that hashtag, no one sees it.

1 year 11 weeks ago
newdigsinmco
@newdigsinmco ORLANDO PROPERTIES

Same problem here, If we post a URL link to, say, a news article- and try to use any hashtag in the description nothing is visible in search, yet we can string hastags together like a necklace and all of them show up immediately in a hashtag search as long as no URL is in the Tweet.

This is problematic since the whole idea to use Twitter is to engage with an audience and provide our viewers with a reason look at the page- in our case we attempt to sometimes link news stories or things germane to the specific audience we are trying to reach using both URL and hashtags to make it easier to find us and the content. If hashtags don't work, then how are we working towards building an audience of people who will want to engage with us?
I suspect this is some kind of throttling on the part of Twitter because maybe as a new account, you added too many people too quickly and got put in "time out" by an algorithm. Who knows.

My question to the folks at Twitter is this- in order to use Twitter to its fullest potential, how do we, the accounts who do not show up in hashtag searches rectify this problem moving forward? Stop adding/posting/linking? share more cat photos ? Never use a hashtag?

Nobody is asking for your spam detection secrets here Twitter folks, just be a bit more specific on how we can use your product so that we don't continue to have this problem. Maybe you can address this in a private message to the people asking you for assistance?

...."Some tweets, for whatever reason or current selection strategy, aren't indexed by search, while others are"... is a patent non-answer to all of our problems in this discussion string with using your product. Maybe the public relations team can come up with a "best practices" strategy post for users to optimize Twitter the way it should work (i.e. hashtags and URL's working together in harmony-- don't post so many links? don't make the twitter brain think you're spammy by doing__ x..y..z..?) Everyone posting here is asking for guidance, we've all read the rules and policies related to this topic and they aren't answering our questions.
We all just want to play nice in the sand box together, so how about helping us with this issue? What can we do to help you ? What is a way we can work together to solve this issue?

1 year 10 weeks ago
CRreal_estate
@CRreal_estate Mark Warren

I have been having the same problem for quite a while. If nothing else its nice to know I am not alone and that this is a legitimate problem. Now if there was only a solution...

1 year 10 weeks ago
rashford
@rashford Robin Ashford

Agree with @dannymaas Danny Maas - Teaching a course and bringing in new twitter users only to have two of them not showing up in the course hashtag. Very frustrating and causing my class of graduate students to feel twitter is a joke or not a reliable tool. I taught the course last year with no such problems.
One of my students even thought she could write to @support but of course that is not real twitter support for users to get answers from and she is now further frustrated. Please, please fix this.

1 year 10 weeks ago
ItinerantGrad

I'm actually having this issue in my course elsewhere. It IS frustrating, even though I understand the mechanism. It feels like Twitter itself is saying "hello newbie, you're not important enough to index AND we're going to make your class harder than it has to be too!"

I recall that back in the day, Twitter wasn't so... snotty... with its system. Fighting spam is one thing. Excluding legitimate users from the conversation is quite another.

39 weeks 1 day ago
nobrains00
@nobrains00 N.O.Brains

Same problem. Few followers and always looking for articles outside MSM like blogs or small newspapers. Many about Middle East and Syria. No matter what hashtag I use they never show up.

On friday I was following the EU budgettalks #euco and every of my (re)tweets showed up.But also half of the tweets under #euco was spam.

Good to see I'm not the only one :(

1 year 10 weeks ago
rashford
@rashford Robin Ashford

Just logged in to say thanks to @newdigsinmco for an excellent explanation of this problem and plea. I've been active on twitter since 2007 and never experienced anything like this. It is truly frustrating and I'm finding it hard to believe that someone at twitter wouldn't at least write and provide some kind of explanation. Even if it's to say sorry, we really aren't sure why this is happening but we're working on it and will let you know....anything would help!

1 year 9 weeks ago
Mrdangleebitz
@Mrdangleebitz Dan Gleebits

Thanks for the above discussion. Exactly the same experience and has been pssng me off in the extreme not knowing what the problem was.

Tested the "big boy" (BBC) URL theory vs "small fry" (actually not so small - a major regional newspaper in South Africa) and AT LAST, all is explained.

Here's the "failed" tweet:-

And the #ANC want to take over in the Westen Cape? 100% failed E Cape Municipal audits http://www.peherald.com/news/article/12414

Also tried the tinyurl route and that was blocked. Posted a BBC link with same #ANC hashtag and it popped up immediately on search.

So, Twitter is censoring searches in hashtags where tweets include links apparently not fitting some random category of significance, or possibly something more sinister..

What a crock of sh*t. (Trusting that this post doesn't mysteriously disappear via the Twitter Censor).

1 year 9 weeks ago
renaysingh
@renaysingh Renay Singh

TWITTER"S ANTI-SOCIAL CENSORSHIP

The explanation given above by @episod Taylor Singletary is high octane waffle. This amounts to censorship; it maybe done by an algorithm but Twitter programmed it.

Is Twitter being paid to censor the alternate links?

This is the beginning of the end of Twitter. It provides favourable treatment to large corporates and established tweeters.

Why should anyone bother taking the time to post a tweet with links! Just let Twitter's big customers tweet; but soon there will not be many followers or posters of links!

We need another platform that will take a more liberal less autocratic approach to censorship.

Here is my failed tweet.

OscarPistorius Schedule 5 & 6 of South Africa's Criminal Procedure Act (1977); page 217 in the PDF available here: http://bit.ly/1311Pjn

The link was to a South African government website. Now that was not authoritative enough for Twitter to appear under the #OscarPistorius. WTF TWITTER??

We should just rely on Twitter then? Google Plus maybe our only hope.

1 year 9 weeks ago
UlrichHottelet
@UlrichHottelet Ulrich Hottelet

I described the whole issue, this discussion and @episod's explanations in my blog: http://hottelet.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/twitter-discriminates-against-new-users-and-blogs/

I call upon any user who is affected by this problem or who just cares about it, to spread the word about this issue and to make your voice heard by the Twitter officials and managers! They need to change their index policy. You can also contact me via my blog or leave a comment there.

1 year 8 weeks ago
antoinemussard
@antoinemussard antoinemussard

Well;

As there is no real feed-back from twitter, maybe we could find a way to go over this problem.

Sometime URL appear under hashtag.
EX
This Tweet doesn't appear in search under #seo :
Hello world http://searchenginewatch.com #seo

This tweet appear in search under #seo :
Hello world http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2215868/53-of-Organic-Search-Clicks-Go-to-First-Link-Study #seo

So sometime it appears and sometime not (most of the time)

Do you have other URL that appear like me ?

Antoine.

1 year 8 weeks ago