Emotional search with Twitter

I’ve been reading the Twitter API docs and just discovered that Twitter lets you search based on the tone of the tweet using emoticons. For example, type this search:

#829strike :)

Twitter returns tweets about the Fast Food strike on 8/29  with a positive attitude.

If you want to see the other side of the the emotions, use a frowny face.

#829strike :(

This works on Twitter Search as well as through the API.

Using emoticons as operators to represent attitude is pretty cool.

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