Use Advanced Search on Twitter

By | December 7, 2019
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Twitter is very generous with the number of search operators that it supports. In this article, let’s go over Twitter’s many different search operators. These operators allow us to dig down and search through videos, images, retweets, lists, and much more. However, most of us aren’t taking advantage of these and are only performing simple keyword-based searches. Twitter gets over 500 million tweets per day. However, how are we supposed to go through millions of tweets on a daily basis? Using these tips you can ability to exclude certain terms and search for an exact phrase are things we’ve come to expect, and Twitter doesn’t sell us short.

Basic Search Operators for Twitter

@ (“at” sign)

Using “at” sign search operator you can limits results to tweets that mention the Twitter user thereafter.

to

Using “to” search operator you can limits results to tweets that are directed to or made in reply to the Twitter user thereafter.

from

Using “from” search operator You can easily limit results to tweets that are sent by the Twitter user thereafter.

list

Using a “list” search operator you can limit the search results to tweets that are sent by members of the Twitter list.

filter:safe

This operator can’t be used by itself. Using “filter:safe” search operator you can limits results to tweets that are marked as safe and not potentially sensitive.

filter:media

This operator can’t be used by itself. Using “filter:media” search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain an image or video.

filter:images

You can not this operator by itself. Using “filter:images” search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain images.

Example: elephants filter:images

filter:native_video

You can not this operator by itself. Using “filter:native_video” search operator limits result in tweets that contain video.

filter:retweets

You can not this operator by itself. Using “filter:retweets” search operators you can limits results to tweets that are not retweets.

url:Google

You can not this operator by itself. Using “url” search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain a link including the text thereafter.

until

You can not this operator by itself. Using “until” search operator you can limits results to tweets that have been tweeted after the date thereafter (year-month-day format).

Example: Google until:2019-01-01

since

Using “since” search operator you can limits results to tweets that have been tweeted after the date thereafter (year-month-day format).

filter:links

This operator can’t be used by itself and will include tweets with comments on a retweet that contains a link. Using “filter:links” search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain links.

“” (quotation marks)

Using the quotation marks search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain an exact phrase. It’s the default behavior for single-word search terms. It is not case sensitive.

– (hyphen)

Using a hyphen with a keyword will exclude tweets containing that word (or hashtag etc) from the search results. The quotation marks the search operator limits results to tweets that do not include the term thereafter. The hyphen “-” is equivalent to the boolean NOT operator.

? (question mark)

Using question mark search operator you can limits results to tweets that contain a question.

OR Search Operator

Using The “OR” search operator you can limits results to tweets that include either term. You need to use quotation marks if it uses more than one word.

Using this search operator you’re guaranteed to find something that will surprise you. Your search is only limited by your mastery of Twitter and these search operators, and there are billions of tweets for you to browse through.

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