How to Search Twitter Like a Pro
Twitter is filled with tweets of different types, including useful, controversial, and humorous ones. If you do not know how to search Twitter effectively, it can be tough to locate a particular tweet at the appropriate time. Learn how to utilize Twitter’s advanced search to locate historical tweets.
How to Use Twitter’s Advanced Search via Search Bar
Twitter gives extensive search capabilities to locate a certain tweet. However, this feature is exclusive to the Twitter web interface and not the Twitter mobile apps.
Follow these steps to do a sophisticated search:
- Open Twitter, type your search query in the search bar, and press the Enter key.
- The page of search results will load. Use the “People” and “Location” filters found in the “Search filters” portion of the sidebar to filter the tweets.
Alternatively, click on the “Advanced search” option below the filters.
- The “Advanced search” window will display with numerous input fields, such as words, hashtags, minimum likes, dates, etc., to assist with your search. Enter your criteria in the fields provided, then click “Search.”
You can also access the Advanced search page via its direct URL.
How to Use Twitter’s Advanced Search via Operators and Filters
If the preceding method appears too time-consuming, or if you want to do an advanced search on Twitter mobile apps, you can do it using a variety of operators and filters.
Containing All Words
Standard procedure for locating a tweet is to enter the tweet’s text into the search field.
If you typed “Good Morning,” for instance, Twitter would search for tweets containing both “Good” and “Morning” as well as the specific phrase “Good Morning.”
If you wish to locate tweets that contain a specific term, put the phrase in quotation marks.
For instance, if you entered “Good Morning,” the search results would only include tweets containing “Good Morning” and not “Good” and “Morning” individually.
One of the Words
Use the OR operator to locate tweets that contain one of the search terms.
For instance, if you entered “Good or Morning,” search results would include tweets including either Good or Morning. Please enter OR in all capital letters.
Exclude Unwanted Results
Using the dash or negative (-) symbol operator, you can locate tweets that contain one term but not another.
For instance, if you typed “Good -Morning,” only tweets containing the word “Good” would be returned.
Find the Most Popular Tweets
Using the search operators, you can locate the most popular tweets regarding a particular topic. That example, it is possible to locate tweets with a specific amount of retweets or favorites. Use the search phrases “search term min retweets:X” and “search term min favorites:X”, where X is the desired amount of tweets.
If you typed “car min retweets:150,” for instance, it would locate 150 retweets about vehicles. If you typed “car min favorites:180,” the top 180 tweets on vehicles would be returned.
You may also use this to locate your most popular tweets. “from:YourUsername min retweets:X” is the query to use.
How to Hide Search Results From Muted and Blocked Accounts
Twitter does not hide tweets from muted or blocked users by default. Fortunately, there is an option to hide these.
- Enter your search query in the search bar to go to the search screen.
- Tap/click on the three-dot icon and select “Search settings” from the menu.
- Check the box next to “Remove blocked and muted accounts.”
How to Save Twitter Searches
If you conduct a search regularly, you can save the results to make them more accessible. These are synchronized with your account, allowing you to view them on all of your devices.
To save an online or mobile search:
- Type the search term in the search bar and press Enter.
- On the search results page, click/tap on the three-dot icon next to the search bar and choose “Save search” from the menu.