How To Use Twitter Search To Find Stuff That’s Actually Of Interest

Tip A Day #13

One of the most powerful and overlooked aspects of Twitter is Twitter Search.

Let’s face it, none of us can realistically keep up with the thousands of accounts we follow or that follow us. Twitter Search will however make it much easier to get to the good stuff, the stuff that’s important to you.

While the basic version of Twitter Search works like most other search bars, it’s important to know the search operators so you can quickly narrow your search to find what you’re looking for. Twitter search operators work in a similar fashion to Google Search Operators but do vary a bit.

To see the Twitter Search operators just click “Operators” underneath the search bar.

If you’re new to Twitter Search a slightly easer way is to use the “advanced search” option which allows you to populate fields rather than having to know the actual operators. However, I’d advise looking at the operators so you know what options are available.

For Example, when searching by location (operator “NEAR” (e.g. NEAR:Dallas,TX)), you can use a variety of inputs such as City, State or Zip Code, etc… I even tried the airport code for Telluride, CO (TEX) and got Telluride results so apparently even airport codes work!

Of course normal phrase search in quotes will also work and is very handy; try a search on “Dallas International Film Festival” (including the quotes) and you’ll get the idea.

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