How to Search Twitter – the Advanced Guide

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How to Search Twitter – the Advanced Guide

You might be tired to see Twitter-related posts every single day but this shouldn’t prevent you from using the tool. To network using Twitter or not – is up to you. There are still many people who just don’t get the very idea of telling others what they are doing. What’s definitely should be taken into account: Twitter is a great marketing tool that can help you understand your audience and keep track of hot trends in your industry.

Now, to do that effectively, let’s look at how to search Twitter properly:

Use Twitter (advanced) search (formerly Summize):

Actually, Twitter advanced search feature is really unique and should not be taken lightly. Among pretty traditional options (exact match, language based, etc), there are quite innovative parameters: search by emotional coloring or sentence semantic structure.

Let’s overview briefly what we can do with Twitter search:

  • Date-specific search: find posts sent since / until the specified date (YYYY-MM-DD): [seo since:2008-06-25].
  • Emotional color and semantic structure search:
  • Search for useful resources – i.e. links to related pages: [seo filter:links].

SEO filter links

Use Twitter Search Tools:

  • style=”font-weight: 400;”> (as the name suggests) keeps track of all twittered hashtags (#). The tool also trends each one and shows you most popular ones:

Analytics for SEO

  • lets you explore relations between different Twitter hashtags as well as monitor trending and popular hashtags
  • TwChat allows you to monitor and archive various Twitter hashtags
  • WhatTheTrend is another useful search tool that tracks and explains Twitter hashtags
  • Trendsmap puts Twitter search on the map
  • TagBoard searches for any term on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram simultaneously
  • All My Tweets style=”font-weight: 400;”> lets you search for your own tweets
  • Social Bearing searches for any keyword and offers some handy analytics for your query

Social bearing

Are there any other Twitter search tools I am missing here? Please share in the comments!


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Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

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  • Matt Gio

    I use I think it’s really powerful and user-friendly

  • @Bloggeries

    Wow… I thought I knew what I was doing and was somewhat satisfied with it. I had no clue about most of this stuff; thanks for sharing!

  • Nick Stamoulis

    I think Twitter is powerful but there is def. a strategy on how to use it.

  • Caroline

    Great post thanks for the info.

    Yes, Tweetag is also a really powerful tool

  • BarbaraKB

    Great summary. I am sure *most* folks on Twitter do not yet realize power of search.twitter. I’m frustrated we’ve not been able to search people’s bios @ Twitter for over 2 months now. Any suggestions on that front?

  • Saad Kamal

    great stuff ann! Stumbled!

  • mahesh

    Hey, thanks for the post…

  • Al

    great tips. thanks. and thanks for mentioning that Greasemonkey script. Those can be quite handy.

    Here’s a new one I wrote to show the top search trends directly on your Twitter home page:

  • Gerald Weber

    Wow Ann this is pretty cool. I use twitter search all the time but didn’t realize all the different search options. I’m sure this will come in very handy.

  • Todd Levy

    If someone can figure out to to do a timezone offset with the Twitter advanced search I’ll immediately PayPal you $50.

    Doesn’t have to be native… can be php magpie or lastRss solution too.


    P.S. Contact via this link…

  • Cre8tiveMedia

    Thanks Ann, I’m relatively new to Twitter and didn’t realize how deep the Twitter search can go. Cool Greasemonkey script too!

  • Joanne


    Thanks for providing such great tips. It is really useful for a Twitter newbie like me.

  • Dana

    Thanks , nice post.
    Though I was looking for people advanced search, and this is not exactly answer that.

  • Hareesh Tibrewala

    Good, well written article. Crsip and to the point. We are ourselves as Social Media Management company. However Ann Smarty’s tips are comprehensive.

    Has anyone tried Firefox’s add-on plugin using which one can tweet from the address bar. Really cool and useful

  • Erik van Erne, Milieunet Foundation

    Nice. Has anybody an idea why this doesn’t work [search @milieunet] and what to do about it.

  • Angel B

    Twitter Search is one of the best tools around, however I have frequently seen it fail with searched involving finding keywords from a specific person, and generally searching inside a person’s timeline usually shows no results. Too bad because otherwise it would be the perfect search tool for Twitter

  • Roberto Mazzoni

    Great article, I have understood much better what you can and cannot do with Twitter search. I have also tried it myself and published a short article on my blog. I have also madre reference to your post.

  • Chris Parente

    I know I'm waking up an ancient post here, but the date range search is a joke, doesn't work at all. Tried multiple times, can't get it to search for an entire month, just a few days.

    Any tips for other resources? Thanks in advance.

  • Love Hate Tweet

    Try using this tool if you're looking for opinionated tweets (love/hate)

    I made a little twitter search engine for love/hate context matches to a search term, check it out here:!

  • Love Hate Tweet

    Try using this tool if you're looking for opinionated tweets (love/hate)

    I made a little twitter search engine for love/hate context matches to a search term, check it out here:!

  • SEO Chennai

    Very similar to google search parameters, very helpful, it would be great if you can write about google parameters too, which will be useful for seo purpose, thanks in advance

  • Dave

    Are there any auto reply tools that once a keyword or phrase is discovered it will auto reply with a message that I have already preset?

    I have read so many articles and cant seem to find the answer?

    Any help is appreciated!