How to: Use Twitter Search Effectively

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Are you using twitter search at all? Fortunately, using Twitter search is extremely simple if one knows how to. What people usually do is key is what we want to search and click search. Most of you will find that those kind of search are cluttered with so many tweets but what if there is another way to search twitter quickly but more effectively as well?

Today I am going to show you how to use twitter search efficiently

First you need to get a mozilla firefox twitter plugin

It is not a MUST, but it will help you to search twitter quickly.

If you are using mozilla  firefox twitter plugin then you will now have a twitter search on the right hand top of your mozilla browser

Here are some key phrases that will help you to search twitter quickly.

I will be using some examples to give you a rough idea. You can adjust them according to what you want to search.

If you key in….

1. game over

You will search words game and over in a tweet

Eg: I missed the game and now its over

2. “game over”

If you have the two ” ” there, then it will search the exact phrase “game over” in a tweet.

Eg: Game Over. Retry? Oh how I wish.

3. game -over

Searches tweets with game  without the words “over” in it.

Eg: I just lost a betting game

4. starbucks OR mcdonald

Search two keywords in one search. So will get two keywords results in one search

Eg for starbucks : starbucks sounds good right about now buy me one

Eg for mcdonalds : So craving for a mcdonald big mac now!


Searches tweets sent by starbucks

6. to:starbucks

Searches tweets sent to starbucks

7. @starbucks

Search for tweets referencing to the username.

8. coffee near:location

Search for tweets on a keyword in a location

eg: coffee near: NY

9. coffee near:location filter:links

Searches for keywords or terms in a location with links in it.

eg: coffee near:NY filter:links

10. near:Boston within:15mi

Searches tweets from people from Boston

Now we know how to search for a keywords mentioning near a location as well as keywords from a location within a certain mile. You can combine them into one.

11. coffee near:boston within:15mi

or even

12. coffee near:boston within: 15mi filter:links

Now you will search all the tweets that has links in them from Boston within 15 miles radius.

After getting the searches that you want, now you can have the feeds sent to you by clicking the feed for this query and be updated with everything that is happening around your location for a keywords or key terms.

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