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Chapter 5 Locating people on Twitter
The main focus of Twitter is to build a connection and communicate with other people that you have something in common with. Communication is key, but first you have to find people that you would like to establish a conversation with. Twitter is a community that is populated by millions of people thereby making the task of searching for interesting people to follow and talk to a really daunting task. However, the community of Twitter offers several ways that you can seek out desirable people.
Twitter people is the on site program that permits searching for people on Twitter as long as they use their real name. If a person has not used their real name or has a common name it may be difficult to sort through the many similar search results. Also if you do not completely fill out the bio on their profile page you will have a hard time trying to determine if your search has revealed the person that you are actually looking for.
Tweepz is a third party site that enables you to filter your searches by limiting the user information that you use to search for people on the site. You can search for specifics like name, bio and location. You can also search by the number of followers a person ahs or the number of tweets.
Tweep search gives you the ability to search for people by real name, location or their user name and it produces a listing of all their friends and followers.
Twitdir is another third party search engine that looks for people by name and location.
There are also several directories available where user profiles are indexed and placed into assorted categories. You can effectively search these directories and obtain largely organized results.
Twellow is a directory that is considered the most detailed and accurate. Millions of user profiles are indexed in the directory and broken up into several categories. This gives you the ability to search the total listing of profiles or narrow down your search to a particular category.