Who doesn’t love Twitter and all of its simple, yet wonderful tools!? I bet there are even a couple you didn’t know were hiding in there, or you just aren’t entirely sure how to utilize them to their full potential.
That advanced search feature? So handy, but not as simple to figure out on the first try. Not sure yet how to take full advantage to Twitter’s search tool? I’m here with a few tips and the how-to, to help you search with ease, just like a Twitter pro!
First, you will find the advanced search option on the left of the results page of your initial search. Once you are here there are many different options on how to search. And, trust me, these detailed ways of searching will make your Twitter life much, much easier. (Because it is so hard, right? Kidding.)
1. You can search for tweets from a certain person by from:username – to:username works too!
2. Those emoticons aren’t just to tell people when you are smiling or frowning anymore. Searching a word with 🙂 included in it, ex: tena.cious : ) <—no space between the colon and the parenthesis though– will produce tweets containing “tena.cious” with a positive attitude. Searching the same way with, : ( <—-again, no space there—- included will produce the opposite results.
3. Are you looking for tweets that were posted up to and after specific dates? You can do this! Typing since:2014-01-01 will show tweets since January 1, 2014 and until:2014-01-01 will show the tweets that were sent up to that date.
4. Looking to connect with local peeps? Search location! near:MPLS within: 10mi will give you tweets sent within 10 miles of Minneapolis.
5. How about when you are looking for posts about beer; but not root beet!? (Maybe you’re looking for the hot spot to grab a cold one before a ball game.) Easy! if you search beer -root you will find yourself looking at tweets containing “beer” but not “root.”
6. Do you find yourself searching something again and again? Save your search! Twitter allows you to save up to 25 searches. All you have to do is: enter the search you want to save, hit enter and clicking on the gear icon at the top-right of your screen. Saving searches gives you access to that search again by just clicking in the search box and selecting from the drop-down menu that appears.
What other things have you figured out that help you with your Twitter searches? Which of these techniques do you find to be the most used by, and helpful, to you? Let me know what you think!