Guide to Advanced Search on Twitter
Conducting searches on Twitter is a great tool for monitoring various Twitter interactions related to your account, and a powerful way to discover what people may be sharing your content. You can also find any keywords relevant to your brand, your own mentions, and much more useful information that is a gold mine for brands and marketers. But the key in obtaining this valuable information is knowing how to search for it.
Twitter offers users a few different ways to conduct basic searches. One is a web search and another is with the mobile app search. It is with the Advanced Search feature that you can obtain the most powerful results.
Advanced Search is accessable when using Twitter’s web search and can be directly reached at:
With Advanced Search there are more than 12 different ways to search, and filter Twitter’s tweets and profiles. In addition to the Advanced Search, on Twitter’s search results page, you can filter results by media type, profiles, and more. You can also do advanced searches from any Twitter search box by using a combination of Twitter search operators.
Navigating on the Advanced Search Page
Here is a breakdown of the various headings and search bars under each of those headings on the Advanced Search Page.
All of these words:
Enter two or more words in this field and you’ll see tweets that contain those terms. You can search for one or more phrase by using quotations to separate each.
This exact phrase:
Search for a phrase, and names or quotes.
Any of these words:
Use this field to search for multiple words.
None of these words:
This filed will remove tweets from your search results that contain the words or phrases you enter.
Check on hashtags.
With this field you can find tweets in any of Twitter’s supported languages.
From these accounts:
This will show you tweets only from the account’s you add.
To these accounts:
Enter the username of accounts to see tweets sent to them.
Mentioning these accounts:
Enter an account name in this field to see tweets mentioning your chosen usernames.
Places & Dates
Near this place:
You can see tweets sent while a person was in a particular area.
From this date to this date:
Search for tweets between two dates.
Keep Track of Your Company’s Reputation
With Advanced Search you can check on your brand’s reputation by:
1) Locating news about your company
After running your Advanced Search, select “News” from the More options dropdown to show all results that contain a link to a news site.
2) Find happy and un-happy customers
To include sentiment filters in your search, include the relevant box over on the Advanced Search page or add a happy or un-happy emoticon to the end of your search term.
3) Filter out competitors
If you want to filter out any results mentioning competitors of yours, you can do so by adding their username and URL in the “None of these words” Advanced Search field.
4) Monitor mentions of your company
Advanced Search allows you to monitor mentions of your Twitter account and Tweets that include your URL.
You Can Also Conduct These Assorted Advanced Searches
1) Find accounts by keyword and location
Combine keywords with a location to locate accounts or businesses within a certain area.
2) Find people to follow
If you’re looking to find new people, you can run a search on a keyword or phrase and then filter Accounts that match those keywords.
3) Filter Tweets from only people you follow
Twitter search allows you to filter Tweets from only people you follow.
4) Search your competitor’s tweets
Using Advanced Search you can filter tweets from any account for selected keywords by using the All of these words and From these accounts fields.
5) Find out what people are saying about competitors
In order to check out what people are saying about competitors, add their company name and URL to the All of these words bar.