Originally Posted by KULP
Well no not 20,000, but twitter has billions, and hundreds of millions a day.
Sure. And more than likely Twitter doesn't allow you to do something like "find me all the tweets made in the last week that have the word people
in them." (Though they might! I have seen "full text" search engines that could do that.)
But they *might* allow you to say "Find me all the tweets that @WhiteHouse has made in the last year that contain the work debt
And that because limiting the search to a single user cuts the millions and billions of records to be searched down to at most a few thousand.
It's all a matter of organizing the data and providing indexes that make the searches reasonably efficient.