Let’s say you want to find a specific @elonmusk tweet about machine learning, but can’t find the tweet when you scroll back in your feed.
Or you’re hosting a “2018 web design” webinar and want to compile a list of experts using Twitter.
Or maybe you just want to see Twitter conversations between @garyvee and @bcuban from 2016.
There’s no denying that Twitter is a great social media tool. But with 300 million people using Twitter every month, it’s often tricky to find the information you need.
Twitter’s regular search feature can’t help you find any highly specific information. Luckily, Twitter’s advanced search can.
But using advanced search isn’t as intuitive as using the basic search functions, so we’ve covered the four steps to master advanced search. Once you have these down, you can explore the various search fields depending on your search intent.
Okay, so let’s get to it. Here are the four steps you need to use Twitter’s advanced search.
In the example above, I used advanced search to see every time @HubSpot mentioned the TV show Game of Thrones after January 1, 2018.
I needed to use the “exact phrase” because, as I learned through trial and error, “any of these words” produced results for anytime HubSpot mentioned the word “game,” “of,” or “thrones.”
This broadened my results, but didn’t provide accuracy.
If I wanted to find other information regarding Game of Thrones,I could search “these hashtags” (#gameofthrones) to see tweets where GoT is mentioned.
I could also see if @GameofThrones has mentioned @HubSpot (they haven’t …).
I could even choose a specific place and time if I wanted to know what people were saying about GoT last September in Ireland.
Try it yourself to see all of Twitter’s additional benefits once you get the hang of advanced search.