If you are trying to get more out of Twitter searches you don’t necessarily need a big, fancy program (although they can do some pretty cool stuff with all of the Twitter data.) I have mentioned search.twitter.com before and how to use the advanced search function but if you know the commands you don’t need to leave Twitter to do an advanced search.
Tips for Searching In Twitter
Right from the Twitter search bar you can define your search by region, date, sentiment, links, Twitter client used, questions, people mentioned in or receiving the tweets, as well as included and excluded words and hashtags. Below is the reference chart from Twitter on all of the search operators and examples on how to use them. Search commands can be combined and strung together to help you find exactly the kinds of tweets you are looking for.
After you build a good search string you can save it so you don’t have to recreate it again later. To save the search select the settings icon (gear/cog image) and click “Save search.” (If you select “Advanced search” here Twitter will route you to the Advanced search page and pre-populate the form with the search terms already entered. This allows you to ‘check your work’ if you are not sure that you have the best search string set up yet and you can tweak your search in the form for better results, without having to remember all of the possible operators.)
To recall a search again later, click anywhere in the search bar and a drop-down of all saved searches will display for you to select from.
Now you can have multiple detailed searches that you an run regularly without having to invest in software or use add ons. Happy searching!
If you have any more tips for searching in Twitter leave them in the comments!
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