In previous articles we looked at the value of using Twitter’s search tool to track all possible mentions of your username on the network, ensuring that you don’t miss a single tweet.
Twitter’s search function is completely public, which is great as everything on Twitter (apart from protected profiles and direct messages) is public, too. That is, all tweets are freely searchable by everybody, 24/7/365.
What this means is that we can also leverage Twitter search to apply those exact same techniques used to track our own Twitter mentions to follow the tweets of anybody else on the platform that we choose – both sent and received.
Why would you want to do this? Well, possibly you’re a stalker really big admirer of a celebrity and you want to follow everything they do on Twitter, which includes both sides of the conversation between themselves and their fans.
Whatever your reasons, I’m sure they’re both valid and legal. Here’s how you do it.
1. Pick a celebrity (or anybody else), and make a note of their Twitter username
from:username OR to:username OR @username
Where username is (amazingly) the username of the person you want to track.
from:ladygaga OR to:ladygaga OR @ladygaga
You’ll end up with something like this:
If the person you have selected is very engaged or highly influential, Twitter may list a top tweet at the beginning of the results. If you wait a few minutes (again, depending on how popular the profile is) Twitter will update the search results automatically, and prompt you to click to see new tweets.
And if you save this search and/or leave the search window open, Twitter will keep doing this all day long. Bottom line: if you’re dedicated enough, you’ll never miss a thing.
However, as you might have noticed, the highly-followed celebrities get a lot of messages. Since writing the last couple of paragraphs in this article Lady Gaga has been sent over 200 tweets. And she’s not even online at the moment – which is less about her 10-15 tweets per day adding a lot to the pile, and more about the reaction to those tweets when they’re being sent out live.
Suffice to say, you’ll find this easier to manage with less popular celebrities who receive only occasional communications from their fans. But where’s the fun in that?
Oh, by the way – it’s worth remembering that, again, because pretty much everything on Twitter is public and ‘out there’, anyone can use these same tips to track everything sent to and from you, as well.
(Disclaimer: By providing this information I am not, in any way, shape or form, encouraging the reader to use the tools and tips described herein for the act of stalking another individual, famous or otherwise, on Twitter. Don’t be evil. Everything openly submitted to Twitter is in the public domain, so if you have a problem with this, take it up with Twitter. No celebrities were hurt during the publication of this article.)