One of the cool features within Internet Explorer is the “search provider” box, in the top-right hand corner :
This allows you to type in a search value – eg. Nine Inch Nails – and then one-click to search Wikipedia (I use that a lot) – or to Google, Amazon – and there’s lots more available online – AOL, Lycos, Yahoo, ESPN, eBay – just to name a few.
Instead, search.twitter.com became the only way to view hashtags – this was especially useful during Tech.Ed 2008 in Sydney – when I could just search for #teau08. I was even able to subscribe to an RSS feed – and view later.
So – what has this got to do with Internet Explorer ?
Well – you can add a “search provider” to allow you to search twitter – and thus search for hashtags, or other text – and it couldn’t be simpler.
- Just click on “Find More Providers”
- Open a NEW browser tab
- Go to the Twitter Search page – and do a search for TEST
- Copy the URL from the address bar
- Switch back to the “Add Search Providers”
- Paste in the URL : http://search.twitter.com/search?q=TEST
- Enter a comment/name : Twitter Search
- Click Install
- Just click “Add Provider” on the next screen
Now – the find bar shows Twitter as an option :
And you can now quickly & easily search for hashtags – or whatever else you might be looking for – LIVE on the Twittersphere.
Click here to see the Twitter feed for GrumpyWookie.