One of Twitter’s best features is also the hardest to find.
Ironically, Twitter’s advanced search is not easy to locate. Many people are surprised to learn that it exists
This is probably because the average user is content with Twitter’s primary search bar.
But you are here because you are not satisfied with the basics, right?
Want to dig deeper. Maybe you want to go back in time and see what was tweeted about on a specific date.
Or maybe you’re curious to find out everything someone has tweeted about a particular topic.
Twitter has a built-in search function for that.
Its entire archive of public tweets is searchable, making it possible to find anything you’re looking for if you use the right filters.
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To search for tweets in a specific date range, you will have to use Twitter advanced search Careers.
Keep reading to find out how advanced search differs from regular search, followed by some examples of advanced search in action.
How to use Twitter’s advanced search feature
Twitter’s advanced search feature goes beyond the general search bar, allowing you to perform very specific queries with customizable parameters.
To access this feature, visit Twitter’s website Advanced search page.
Clicking this link will open an advanced search in a popup on the web-based version of Twitter.
Find Tweets by a specific date by scrolling down to the bottom of the popup.
You will see fields, as in the image below, with options to add dates to your search.
You can add a range of dates, or just one specific date.
In addition to searching by date, you also have the option to narrow your search by any of Twitter’s other advanced search options.
These options include things like:
- Words used in the tweets.
- Exact phrases used in Tweets.
- Hashtags used in tweets.
- Tweets from a specific account.
- Accounts mentioned in the tweets.
- Tweets with links only.
- Engagement amount (i.e. tweets with a minimum number of replies/likes/retweets).
Here are some examples of searches using these filters.
Example: Find your first tweet
Let’s look at an example using several advanced search filters in one query.
Longtime Twitter users sometimes find themselves wondering what their first tweets looked like and how much engagement they got.
With that said, we’re about to take a trip back in time to look back at the very first tweets published by the search engine magazine.
First, we have to add our Twitter handle in the Accounts filter, as shown below.
Next, we’ll add a date filter.
We’ll use the date on our Twitter profile that tells us when we first joined.
Just for fun, we’ll be creating a date range to the end of the year so we can see all the tweets from the first several months on Twitter.
NB: You are You have Enter a value for the date, month and year, otherwise Twitter will ignore the date filter.
Now, the only thing left to do is hit the big “Search” button and see the results.
There it is, guys.
Our first ever tweet was a news story about an advertising partnership between Yahoo and Twitter.
We never received any engagement on any of our first tweets.
How have times changed since then.
Example: Find Tweets using specific keywords from specific accounts
Here’s another example that might be useful.
Let’s say you want to find all the tweets from a specific account containing specific keywords.
You may find yourself wanting to research what Google has officially stated regarding specific SEO topics.
In this particular example, let’s try to find everything that Google’s official Twitter accounts have posted regarding essential updates.
First, we’ll use keyword filters.
Consider the ways in which the keywords you are searching for can be used in Tweets.
In this example, our topic might be referred to as either the “core update” or the “core algorithm update”.
So, we’ll be setting “Basic” and “Update” to make sure we catch everything.
Next, we will add the official Twitter accounts from Google.
Google has many official accounts, so we’ll only add the ones most likely to tweet important information related to essential updates.
From here you can narrow it down even further with post and date filters.
Although, we’ll leave those filters alone for this particular example.
This is what we get after pressing the big “Search” button.
A snapshot of all essential updates tweeted from your Google Accounts in one place.
Example: Finding the most liked tweets
Another way to use Twitter’s advanced search feature is to show the account’s most liked tweets.
You can also find Tweets by the number of comments and retweets they’ve received, but for the purpose of this example, we’ll just filter by likes.
This could be your account, or any other public Twitter account.
Go back to Twitter’s advanced search form, enter the account you want to search for, and then customize the parameters below Engagements.
Do the search and Twitter will show you all tweets from an account that meets a limit on the number of likes.
As shown in the example below, every time you make a query using advanced search, Twitter displays the syntax used in the search bar.
If you want to refine a query without going back to the advanced search form, you can simply change the values in the search bar.
These are just a few of the many ways to explore Twitter archives using advanced search.
All filters can be used simultaneously. This means you can search by date, find the most popular tweets within a date range, find tweets that have comments that also contain a specific word, etc.
There are endless combinations of filters you can use to find exactly the Tweets you need.
Twitter’s advanced search filters are relatively easy to use, but that wasn’t always the case.
You are used to writing search operators by hand, which requires a deep understanding of the way Twitter search works.
Previously, searches could be performed by date by manually adding the “since:” and “until:” operators to your search.
Now, you can simply fill out a form instead of memorizing all the different search commands.
Unfortunately, Twitter’s advanced search is not available on the mobile app.
If you want to search by date on the mobile app, you can still do it the old-fashioned way using the since: and until: operators.
Or you can use the mobile browser version of Twitter, which supports advanced search.
Want to learn more about the ins and outs of this powerful search feature?
Read: Everything you need to know about Twitter’s advanced search.
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