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Advanced Twitter Search: Twitter Keyword Research

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!Search Home.jpg

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).

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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:alexiscoldSent from the person “alexiscold”
To:techcrunchSent to person “techcrunch”
@mashableReferencing the person mashable
“happy hour” near:”san francisco  Containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “san francisco”.
near:NYC within:15miSent 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.

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  • Serge Courrier's picture
    Mar 19 Posted 1 year ago Serge Courrier

    Hi Bob. A little fault in your table.

    In "Beer-root", you forgot to put a space before the hyphen : "Beer -root" 

    And ther's a usefull syntax missing : lang:

    It's about the languauge used in the tweets you search

    sarkozy lang:fr

    sarkozy lang:fr OR lang:en

    sarkozy -lang:fr

    The codes for laguages are ISO 639-1 :

    Last thing : it's important to notice that there's no semantics in Twitter search!

    "plane" only find "plane", "planes" only find "planes"... so you've always to do a "plane OR planes" search.

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