This has been going on for some time. Whenever I type twitter.com into Chrome's omnibar, I am redirected to https://twitter.com/search/%7BsearchTerms%7D?source=desktop-search. Given the tweets showing there, this seems to be a common problem, though my searches only turned up one guy who recorded a video describing the problem.

After clicking Twitter's Home button, I wind up at the home page I expected to reach in the first place.

I have been able to reproduce this on Chrome on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It doesn't seem to affect other browsers such as Firefox. I have cleared cache, cookies, tried a completely different machine, the usual stuff.

My current environment is: Chrome Version 22.0.1229.94 m on Windows 8. I have also experienced this on many previous versions of Chrome, running on Fedora 17 and OS X 10.7.


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Search redirects in Chrome more often than not mean that there's a custom Search URL defined under Search settings.

You can check this from Chrome Menu → Settings → Manage Search Engines (or by pasting chrome://settings/searchEngines in the omnibar. If there's one defined for twitter, delete that entry and it should work fine after that.

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    I removed the entry for Twitter and the problem is gone. I never really wanted to search Twitter from the address bar.
    – gtirloni
    Nov 22, 2012 at 13:48
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    I wonder how a small set of us created this search rule by mistake. I lived with this issue for ~7 days before searching for this fix. :P
    – rdrey
    Dec 12, 2013 at 4:27
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    Finally fixed this issue after 5 years+. Thanks! Feb 17, 2019 at 23:31
  • This solution certainly worked for me, but I'm curious why this seemingly only affected Twitter. I also had a search engine for airbnb (and many others) in my list, but going to airbnb.com didn't bring me to the airbnb search page.
    – MrSlippers
    Jan 17, 2020 at 16:19

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