How do you search for "google+" on Twitter without results also showing the form without the plus sign (+)?

I want to search for the literal google+ on Twitter. Unfortunately, the plus gets encoded and the Twitter search API does not find any results. Results appear the same as if there was no plus sign.

  • What URI are you using? Tested it fine via the API and the search page Jul 27, 2011 at 20:35
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    twitter.com/?q=google%2B#!/search works
    – phwd
    Jul 27, 2011 at 20:45
  • @phwd: Perhaps, but it doesn't appear to be any different than a simple search for "google".
    – ale
    Jul 27, 2011 at 20:54

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This seems to be your best bet for now within Google Search as Google may have added it as a special reserved word in a similar format to say c++

site:twitter.com inurl:status google+

The following seems to search Google and Google+ but if you look at the results in realtime, there are also results that do not make any sense.


  • Maybe those that don't make sense come from the URL shorteners Jul 27, 2011 at 21:44

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