FAQs about top search results

What are Top Tweets?

When you search on Twitter.com, you can toggle between "Top", "All", and "People you follow" results. Clicking "Top" shows popular Tweets that many other Twitter users have engaged with and thought were useful. 

How are Top Tweets selected?

We've built an algorithm that finds the Tweets that have caught the attention of other users. Top Tweets will refresh automatically and are surfaced for popularly-retweeted subjects based on this algorithm. We do not hand-select Top Tweets.

Why don't I see the Tweets I like in Top Tweets?

Top Tweets are Tweets that lots of people are interacting with and sharing via retweets, replies, and more. If Tweets you love aren't showing up as Top Tweets, it means those Tweets may not be part of the widespread conversation. Toggle to "All" results to see more Tweets matching your query. 

How can I make these top results go away, or come back?

Select "All" in your search results timeline, shown in the screenshot above. If you'd like to see popular Tweets displayed again, simply reselect "Top".

What's the difference between top results and Promoted Tweets?

Promoted Tweets and top search results are similar in that they are both relevant to your query and share popularity and resonance among other users. Promoted Tweets are marked with an orange arrow. Learn more about Promoted Tweets.

Why show Top Tweets if they're not the most recent results for my search?

Some older results may be highlighted at the top because they have been determined to be of high value for your query. Our search engines have found those Tweets to be particularly relevant to the subject you’re looking for, even though they may not be the most recently posted Tweets. Toggle to “All” to view the rest of your search results in real-time order.

What are Top images and Top videos?

Top images and videos are popular media related to your search query. Results are determined much in the same way as Top Tweets. Click these options on the left of your screen to see results matching your query.

I've searched for something and didn't see any Top results. Why?

This is probably because the query is too specific, or too general, and we might not have enough data to determine any popular results yet. You'll still see all relevant real-time Tweets in your results.

Having trouble?

Check out our Search troubleshooting section for solutions to common problems.