Twitter Search – the only search engine in which you can look at the current happenings around the world. Yes, a real time search engine that picks the tweets from all around the world and help you go through them to stay updated about the happenings.
A lot of people use twitter search to stay updated with their niche, and I am one of them. But, is everyone using it to the maximum level? Are they able to narrow down their search to the exact things they are looking for? I don’t think so.
So, I thought to share 5 tricks that I personally use to narrow down my twitter search to the exact things that I need.
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5 Tricks for Better Twitter Search
1. Tweets, People, Photos & Videos
When you search for a particular keyword or a hash-tag, then the search results are divided into four main categories i.e. Tweets, People, and Photos & Videos. You can toggle between them from the left panel of your search page. According to Twitter, each of these categories, display the top results according to an algorithm that works in the back-end.
2. Re-tweet Free Search
Yes, you can easily get rid of the re-tweets from the search results. You simple need to type -RT while entering the search term. For example: if you are searching for the keyword ‘BLOGGING’, then you simply need to type “blogging -rt” without quotes. And the search results that will be appear will be re-tweet free.
3. Tweets containing Links
If you are looking for some useful links to visit regarding your keyword, then you can easily narrow down your search to tweets that contain links. You just need to add ‘filter:links’ after the keyword in the search bar. For e.g, if you are looking for blogging related links, you just need to enter “Blogging filter:links” without quotes, and it will only display the results that contain links in them.
4. Results from a particular username
If you want to look into the tweets of a particular person/blog, you can easily narrow down your search to just that particular person/blog. You just need to type in the search bar as “From:username” without quotes. And it will only display the latest tweet results from that particular username only.
5. Advanced Twitter Search
If you are not aware of the twitter advanced search, then you are surely not using twitter to its maximum capability. You can easily narrow down you search to by filling out some information on the search page. Here’s the link: