Elon Musk hires successful hacker George Hotz to fix Twitter search

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has set out to improve the site’s search functionality by enlisting the help of prolific hacker and longtime critic George Hotz.

Over a 12-week internship, Hotz promises to “fix” Twitter search and introduce entirely new features, such as: B. the ability to search in liked tweets.

As the first person in the world to jailbreak the iPhone, Hotz is no stranger to bringing new features to existing platforms.

However, what is most notable about Hotz joining Twitter is his previous criticism of Musk, who refused to work for Musk at Tesla, claiming he could develop a better system for self-driving cars.

It seems the two are putting their differences aside out of a shared interest in building a better Twitter search engine.

Hotz volunteered his services in exchange for the cost of living in San Francisco, and Musk seemingly accepted the offer:

Now Hotz is documenting the path of implementing long-requested features that are commonplace in other search engines.

like what

First, the ability to return relevant results that don’t contain the exact words used in a search query.

Additionally, Hotz crowdsources ideas to provide more contextual autocomplete results when users type “from:” in the search box:

hotz is enthusiastic about removing the login prompt that appears when logged out users scroll through the search results.

After removing the popup, Hotz plans to implement a way for users to search inside liked tweets:

Hotz also mentioned that Twitter’s advanced search feature should be rolled out faster, although he’s not responsible for UI updates.

Aside from these changes, what Hotz will do to “fix” Twitter search is largely unknown. We’ll likely learn more as the days and weeks progress.

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