Twitter has added a new “Top Tweets” search results feature, along with “Top Images” and “Top Videos.” It’s a major shift away from showing Twitter search results where the most recent tweet comes first, regardless of real relevancy or quality.
The change is welcome. Unlike regular search engines, which try to show the most relevant matches by default, Twitter has largely followed a “first in, last out” ordering of its search listings which left them open to noise.
Last year, Twitter experimented with improving relevancy by releasing “Top Tweets” into search results. Now — and somewhat confusingly — there’s a whole new type of “Top Tweets” that are available to Twitter searchers.