Twitter’s search tool is an incredibly powerful part of the system but it’s criminally underused. Indeed, many new users aren’t even aware that you can search on Twitter, and those that do often aren’t aware of the more advanced aspects of the feature.
It’s time to put that right. In this article we’ll look at 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter search, with easy-to-follow, clickable examples so you can utilise these tips right away.
You can find the Twitter search box at the top right of any page on Twitter.com, or head on over to search.twitter.com for a Google-like search box.
Ready? Here we go.
1. Want to search for a phrase? Put it in quotes
Example: “social media”
2. Want to search for tweets that contain two items? Use AND or use OR
Example: twitter AND facebook (searches for both words)
Example: twitter OR Facebook (searches for either word)
3. Want to exclude something from your search? Use minus
Example: social -media
4. Want to search for tweets from somebody? Use from:
5. Want to search for tweets sent to somebody? Use to:
6. Want to search for all tweets in a specific area? Use near:
Example: raining near:london
7. You can narrow that search even further by also using within:
Example: raining near:london within:5mi
8. Want to search between two dates? Use since: and until:
9. Want to search for just tweets with links? Use filter:links
Example: amazing filter:links
10. Want to search for tweets from specific clients and apps? Use source:
Example: incredible source:instagram
It’s worth noting that Twitter defaults to showing you the top results for searches – to see everything click on the ‘All’ link at the top of the screen. You can also click the button on the left to embed this search into your website via a widget, and there’s a save button on the right that lets you save the search for future use.
What’s your favourite Twitter search tip? Hit the comments to let us know!