With over 300 million tweets and 1.6 billion searches per day on average, Twitter is a hugely popular platform. Plain text queries provide a lot of information and insights into what people are talking about and what is trending. But, did you know that you have an option for an even more advanced search?
Not everyone is aware of advanced Twitter search, but this blog based on Nicole Duhoski’s video about how to use advanced Twitter search for Twitter search and keyword research should provide a helpful introduction!
You have two options. You can either go to Twitter Search and click the advanced search link or go directly to Twitter Advanced Search to use the feature. Here, you can narrow down your queries as much as you want until you achieve a more tailored result. It supports 41 different languages (as of time of publish).
You can use Twitter to mine data and information and it has proved to be rather useful for generating leads. You can search for words, mentions, people and places.
For those who want an even more fast and efficient way to search Twitter, be sure to check out the operators or commands for finding tweets. Examples of this process are laid out in the table below.
|Operator: = Finds tweets:||Results:|
|Twitter search||Containing both “twitter and “search”. This is the default operator.|
|“happy hour”||Containing the exact phrase “happy hour”.|
|love OR hate||Containing either “love” or “hate” (or both).|
|Beer-root||Containing beer, but not root|
|#haiku||Posts containing the hashtag haiku|
|From:alexiscold||Sent from the person “alexiscold”|
|To:techcrunch||Sent to person “techcrunch”|
|@mashable||Referencing the person mashable|
|“happy hour” near:”san francisco||Containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “san francisco”.|
|near:NYC within:15mi||Sent within 15 miles of “NYC”.|
|superhero since:2010-12-27||Containing “superhero” and sent since date “2010-12-27″.|
|ftw until:2010-12-27||Containing “ftw” and sent up to date “2010-12-27″.|
|movie -scary||Containing “movie”, but not “scary”, and with a positive attitude.|
|flight||Containing “flight” and with a negative attitude.|
|traffic ?||Containing “traffic” and asking a question.|
|hilarious filter:links||Containing “hilarious” and linking to URLs.|
|news source:twitterfeed||Containing “news” and entered via TwitterFeed.|
Twitter Advanced Search is very powerful, if you know how to use it to your advantage. Always remember that if your initial searches return unsatisfactory results, you can return to where you started and narrow your search. Remember to approach with caution as results are machine-generated. Nonetheless this is a helpful feature that should enhance your search results. Check out Nicole’s video if you would like a visual account of this entry.