Twitter is a wonderful tool and platform to share your message. We all know that! What most people don’t know is that Twitter has a magnificent search engine. Almost everyone (including me) is using Google, but if you want the latest trends or events, you’d better use Twitter. Why? Twitter is a real time search engine, while Google indexes everything and that takes time, sometimes up to 6 weeks before a site is included in Google. So, if you are looking for live input on a certain event, Twitter is more likely to find it.
In order to help you find stuff quicker, I am sharing a number of Twitter Search Tips with you. How does it work?
You first go to http://search.twitter.com. Of course, if you just want to use the regular search, you can type in your keywords and find anything right-away! Now, it becomes even more interesting if you would use the advanced search. Here is an overview if you want to use advanced search operators:
|Genius Shortcut||containing both “Genius” and “Shortcut”. This is the default operator.|
|“happy hour“||containing the exact phrase “happy hour”.|
|black OR white||containing either “black” or “white” (or both).|
|Belgian –beer||containing “Belgian” but not “beer”.|
|#ff||containing the hashtag “ff” (followfriday, interesting people to follow as indicated by others).|
|from:bertverdonck||sent from person “bertverdonck”.|
|to:bertverdonck||sent to person “bertverdonck”.|
|@bertverdonck||referencing person “bertverdonck”.|
|“happy hour” near:“London”||containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “London”.|
|near:London within:15mi||sent within 15 miles of “London”.|
|lifehack since:2010-03-26||containing “lifehack” and sent since date “2010-03-26” (year-month-day).|
|lifehack until:2010-03-26||containing “lifehack” and sent up to date “2010-03-26”.|
|movie -twilight 🙂||containing “movie”, but not “twilight”, and with a positive attitude.|
|movie 😦||containing “movie” and with a negative attitude.|
|fun ?||containing “fun” and asking a question.|
|fun filter:links||containing “fun” and linking to URLs.|
|news source:twitterfeed||containing “news” and entered via TwitterFeed|
Additional easy Twitter Search Tips:
1. Click on the Advanced Search link and save yourself from typing the operators!
2. If you want to search in a different language, use the language switch in the advanced search : “Written in:” and choose your language in the dropdownbox.
3. If you specifically want to search for retweets or you don’t mind that retweets are shown in the search results, then check the box: Include Retweets.
If you want extra Twitter Search Tips, you know where to find me 🙂