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Useful Twitter Search tips and tricks guide for beginners

Twitter is one of the most popular social networks and micro-blogging platforms out there, which reportedly has 320m monthly active users and more than 1B monthly unique visitors. Twitter is always developing itself through various new features and options. If you are an avid Twitter user and want to explore this platform more to get most out of this, here is a great solution for you.

Twitter Search tips and tricks

The Twitter Search Box is one of the best search boxes for a social network. It provides so many options to find a particular thing quickly. Therefore, here are few Twitter search tips and tricks so that you can find something quickly and without wasting time.

1] Until Command

This is a popular search term, which will let you search for tweets those were tweeted before a specific time. For instance, you want to check all the tweets of someone those were tweeted before 31/12/2014. For that, just enter the following search term,

from:@thewindowsclub until:2014-12-31

This will let help you to get all the tweets from the day 1 to 31/12/2014. Instead of scrolling down for a long time after opening particular profile, this is far better to use this tiny term to get things done faster.

An interesting web app called “The Twayback Machine” does exactly same thing. But, it has only one search term. That is

from:@username until:2011-12-31

The date needs to be changed manually after executing the command.

2] Find Tweets based on retweet

Suppose, you want to know the latest news of something that is very trending now on Twitter. Obviously, you will need to check those tweets, which have been retweeted many times because people retweet something that is trustable. At such moment, if you want to find something related to Microsoft or Windows or anything else those are retweeted more than 50 times or so, here is the search term,

Microsoft min_retweets:50

The “Microsoft” is the keyword, and 50 is the number of retweets. You can set it to 100 or anything. But the “min_retweets” term is quite sensitive. Do not change it.

3] Find Tweets based on Like

Although Twitter replaced Favorite button with Like, yet, this following search term is still working. If you want to get some latest and popular news those have been liked by more than certain number of people, just use this following search term,

Microsoft min_faves:50

It will show you all the tweets related to Microsoft and those are liked by at least 50 people.

4] Find Tweets based on Location

Whenever something happens somewhere, people get excited to know more about that. Twitter will let them find most relevant tweets based on location. You know that Twitter allows users to add a location in the profile and this following search terms will use that location to show tweets based on location. Just use this subsequent term to find tweets based on location.

Search-keyword near:place-name

For instance,

Diwali near:Mumbai

Or,

Attack near:paris

If you want to get refine location-based tweets, do use the following term,

Search-keyword near:place-name within:25mi

The 25mi refers to 25mile. That implies, it will show all the tweets those were tweeted near the place within 25 miles.

5] Search image only

You know that Twitter allows users to upload images. If you want to find any image instead of text tweet, use this following term. It will exclude all text tweets and show all the tweets those are containing images.

Search-keyword filter:images

Obviously, this is possible to switch to the image search on Twitter, but it will do the whole things faster.

6] Search videos only

Just like image search term, there is another term called video search. As the name defines, it will let you search for video only. Whenever you want to watch videos on Twitter, enter the following command,

Search-keyword filter:videos

7] Search News

This is probably the most useful command since Twitter is popular for providing very fast news. No matter what the topic is, but you can easily find all the latest news on Twitter. Therefore, if you want to open the news search panel of Twitter, it will let you find all latest tweets based on a search keyword. This command is as follows,

Search-keyword filter:news

8] Find Tweets of particular user in which someone else is mentioned

Suppose, you want to get all the tweets of any particular user in which someone else is mentioned. For example, you want to all the tweets of Microsoft, in which Windows was mentioned. At such moment, you can simple use this,

from:tweet-writer to:mentioned-user

Just replace tweet-writer with the twitter handle of the person, who has tweeted something and replace mentioned-user with the Twitter handle that is mentioned in the tweet. In other words, if you enter the following search term,

from:fourfourtwo to:manutd

You will get all the tweets of @FourFourTwo in which @ManUtd is mentioned.

9] Search for keyword by particular user

Just like Google search, you can use Twitter search to find all the tweets of someone, in which a particular keyword in mentioned. For example, you want to get all tweets of @Microsoft in which the term, Windows, is written. For that, you have to use this search term,

from:twitter-handle search-keyword

Just replace the twitter-handle with the actual Twitter handle of someone.

10] Filter tweet using language

Twitter is available in English in most of the countries. But, if you want to find tweets in other languages, you can make use of this search term,

Search-keyword lang:language-code

For example, you want to find all Diwali related tweets in Hindi. For that, the following search term will work,

Diwali lang:hi

Here “Hi” is the language code of Hindi. You can find all codes at here.

11] Find Tweets based on date

The very first term helps users to find tweets based on any search query from the date of creation to a particular date. But, this will help you to change the from date. That means if you want to find tweets those were tweeted between a particular span of time, do enter the following command,

Search-keyword since:start-date until:end-date

For instance, the following command will let you find Diwali related tweets since 01-11-2015 to 15-11-2015,

diwali since:2015-11-02 until:2015-11-15

12] Find links in a tweet

If something interesting like Windows 10 update, new mobile, etc. is launched, people get excited to know more about them. On the other hand, most of the companies tweet news on Twitter at first. Therefore, if you want to know more about anything, you must have to find links in the tweet so that you can get the exact blog link or blog post link to get information about that news. To find link in tweet, do enter this command,

Search-keyword filter:links

Other complicated Twitter search terms

All those terms mentioned above are very easy to use. But, you can mix them up to refine the search. For example, you can use a term like this,

Diwali lang:hi near:Mumbai within:10mi

It will let you find all tweets related to Diwali those are in Hindi and tweeted from Mumbai within 10 miles.

Microsoft since:2015-11-11 until:2015-11-15 filter:links

This will let you find Microsoft related tweets those contain links and tweeted between 11/11/2015 and 15/11/2015.

These Twitter tips and tricks will help you get the best out of the microblogging site – and do remember to follow @TheWindowsClub on Twitter.

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