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Twitter Advanced Search – Find everything on Twitter

Twitter advanced search is an art, we like to say this because to find the right information on Twitter is not easy. That’s why we say that searching info on Twitter requires time and patience.

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We have spoken several times about the Twitter advanced search and it is something that is more alive than ever, Twitter advanced search is the next level of Twitter marketing and it can help us get old tweets and tweets in certain languages. If you read this article you will learn how to create Twitter reports and track Twitter hashtags using the Twitter Advanced Search operators, you can read it to learn how or click the next button to start right away:

Sometimes you don’t need the whole amount of tweets shared with a hashtag to understand what happened, or maybe you just want to analyze the tweets sent in a specific language or by some users in particular. Sometimes you might need to summarize your search in order to make the most out of all the data. In this post we are going to go through some of the most useful Twitter advanced search filters.

What can we search on Twitter? The answer is actually pretty simple: anything. Twitter advanced search is THE way of obtaining very concrete results on Twitter. There are some basic Twitter search operators which are helpful if we are looking for hashtags, terms, accounts or links. But there are also many others which make it easier to find tweets by date, by type, by language, etcetera. These Twitter search operators can also be used when using Tweet Binder. This is a way of creating a very useful and concrete report.

List of advanced Twitter Advanced Search operators

To sum up everything that has been aforementioned, here is a list of the main twitter advanced search commands (or operators).  Tweet Binder can analyze hashtags, terms or accounts. Moreover, the tool can be used  with advanced commands. As a result, you will get the specific results. The most important operators are the following. NOTICE: These commands are valid at Tweet Binder for searches from the past 7 days (FREE reports and 7-day PRO reports). If you need tweets from months or years ago, try our Twitter historical reports

Filtering Twitter data by date – getting old tweets

On twitter advanced search, to filter tweets by date we will use the commands SINCE and UNTIL  followed by “:” and the period of time we want to analyze. “Until” will indicate the day we will be stopping receiving tweets. And “since” will mark the starting day. You can combine both and also you can use them with other commands:

  • @Netflix since:yyyy-mm-dd (tweets since a certain day)
  • @tweetbinder until:yyyy-mm-dd (tweets until a certain day)
  • “analytical tool” since:yyyy-mm-dd until:yyyy-mm-dd (tweets between certain dates)

YYYY will be the year, mm the month and dd the day. So for the first option, if we want to analyze tweets that mention @Netflix since the 8th of November we will write on the search box: @Netflix since:2021-11-08

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How to search tweets by date? @Netflix sample search

Filtering tweets by hour: how to see tweets from an specific time

Now that we know how to filter tweets by date, we are going to learn how to see tweets from an specific moment. With this filter we are able to look for tweets by hours and minutes. We just need to convert that specific time to unix time spam (this website can help us to do so: https://www.unixtimestamp.com/). Unix time is the number of seconds that have passed since Jan 01 1970 and it is frequently used in coding.

The filter we need to use is with since and until but with a new command added:

  • since_time:1641816000 until_time:1641902400

If we look for 1641816000 on the unix website, we see that it corresponds to Mon Jan 10 2022 12:00:00 GMT+0000. So, you just need to replace the numbers 1641816000 and 1641902400 with the time span you need to analyze.

Filtering tweets by user: how to search someone’s tweets

To search someone’s tweets you just have to use the “from:” command. For example, if you want to see the tweets that Katy Perry shares you have to write:

  • from:katyperry

You can combine this command with a keyword for example. If you want to see the tweets where Katy Perry adds #CozyLittleChristmas, we write:

  • from:katyperry #CozyLittleChristmas

Filtering Twitter data by type of account

You can see how many verified accounts tweeted about one topic or using a hashtag. For example, let’s see how to look for tweets about #SocialMedia sent by verified accounts:

  • filter:verified #SocialMedia

Filtering the Twitter data of one list

This command is very useful as well. You can filter data from one list in case you want to analyze the tweets that the accounts that belongs to it. For instance, if our aim is to track the tweets by the Twitter handles in the @Netflix originals list, we copy the name of the list (in this case 183873847) and we first put “list”:

  • list:183873847

Filtering Twitter data by type of tweet

If you want to see only pictures or only tweets with links, use these commands:

  • #SocialMedia RT (only RTs)
  • #Marketing filter:links (Tweets containing link)
  • #Hashtag PIC (Tweets containing image)
  • #Analytics -filter:links -PIC (all Tweets less those containing links and images)

Filtering Twitter data by language:

  • English – #Marketing lang:en
  • Spanish – #Marketing lang:es
  • Italian – #Marketing lang:it
  • French – #Marketing lang:fr

Filtering Twitter data by number of retweets of likes (aka favorites)

This command is pretty useful when you need to see the most popular tweets of one topic. For example, if you want to see the most popular tweets about #SocialMedia you write one of these:

  • #SocialMedia min_retweets:1000
  • #SocialMedia min_faves:1000

1000 RTs and Favs is a good number, but you can replace it with others.

Filtering Twitter data by multiple searches

  • #MoneyHeist @Netflix (tweets containing the two terms)
  • #MoneyHeist OR @Netflix (tweets containing #MoneyHeist or tweets containing @Netflix)
  • from:@Netflix (Tweets sent from the account @Netflix)

If you want to try out these Twitter advanced search commands, you create a report in the following box:

Include retweets in the Twitter advanced search

Sometimes we want to add retweets to an advanced search on Twitter. There are a few hidden Twitter search operators that not everyone knows, one of those Twitter operators lets you see the retweets in a hashtag. This can be interesting if you want to see the list of native retweets. For example, let’s take the hashtag #SocialMedia and imagine that we only want to analyze the native retweets in a report, you will write this query that will include retweets: #SocialMedia filter:nativeretweets

Search tweets by date – Old tweets finder

Searching Twitter by date is a very common solution, in fact that is a very common request from users and clients: “how to create Twitter reports filtered by dates?” or also “How do I search twitter by date?” “how to search someone’s tweets”. Tweet Binder can do that, just use the advanced commands since and until in our search box. It is important to note that there must not be any space between the “since” or “until” and the two dots. It is also mandatory to write the numbers separated by “-” and with no blank space between each digit. Twitter search must be exactly like that. This can be like an old tweets finder, you can also write that on Twitter’s search box.

With Tweet Binder you can analyze tweets with no date limitation. This means that you can look for a hashtag since 2006. These historical reports are done under demand but they are fun! For example, let’s take a look at Barack Obama’s tweets. He opened his Twitter account back in March 2007, we can create a report that goes back there and we can analyze all his tweets (all those that were sent by him). Take a look at the historical report for Barack Obama’s Twitter account:

Twitter activity of Barack Obama
This is how Obama has tweeted since 2017. Twitter search from:barackobama

Twitter multiple search

If you are a social media manager or a data geek, you probably have needed to search for a hashtag and a link, an account with a hashtag or a work linked to a hashtag and an account. Multiple searches are really frequent and really easy to analyze. For example, if we want to analyze all the tweets containing the hashtag #SocialMedia and the account @mashable, we should search this:

Twitter advanced search for mashable and socialmedia
Combined search of @Mashable AND #SocialMedia

It is also really important to try to create these multiple searches because they are the most efficient way to come up with the most accurate results. We can try to look for the retweets of all the tweets containing the hashtag #socialmedia that were shared during a particular period of time. It’s really easy, we have got to have the order of the search very clear. We should write: #socialmedia RT since:yyyy-mm-day until:yyyy-mm-dd

As usual, the best way to become familiar with Twitter advanced searches is to try and, why not, to fail. The first reports that you create using these commands may not offer you the expected analytics, but you can always count on us.

Twitter advanced search on Twitter.com

Creating the Twitter query

You can analyze any tweet in Tweet Binder, however, if what you just want is to see the tweets you can go directly to Twitter.com and there you can start playing as well. We can run the advanced search on Twitter through the form in their site. It is easy to set the different fields and get the final parameters. First of all, we have to visit the Advanced Twitter search engine to begin our search. Once we get there, we will complete the gaps we need.

Twitter advanced search dashboard
Some parameters of the Twitter Advanced Search

In this form, we find different criteria, you can write every command we saw before in the “all of these words” search box or you can use the rest of the fields and learn how to search tweets by date in a more visual way. Thanks to those parameters we can delimit our advanced search on Twitter. We can filter according to the type of content and language of the tweets and/or the accounts that have been mentioned. We can also search tweets by date and location.

Other advanced commands in Twitter.com

By words: To be able to filter by words and/or language we find the following criteria.

  • All of these words: Tweets that contain all the words contained in this field regardless of their order
  • This exact phrase: Twitter looks for the exact matches. Tweets that contain what we exactly write in this field
  • Any of these words: Combining the different terms to show the tweets containing any of those words (no matter if they are in different tweets)
  • None of these words: You can exclude words from your search and delete non related terms not
  • These hashtags: Tweets shared under these hashtags
  • Language: Language of the tweets

By accounts: To be able to filter by users we find the following fields:

  • From these accounts: Twitter will show the tweets sent by the account that we type in this field
  • To these accounts: Tweets sent to this account
  • Mentioning these accounts: The results will show the tweets that mention these accounts

Near this place: Tweets sent from exact locations within a determined distance
Min. Retweets: You can search for #hashtag min_retweets:100 if you want to discover the tweets with more than this amount of RTs

Try now the Twitter advanced search in Tweet Binder

Seeing the tweets sent by one particular user

Very useful command as well. This one will let us search for tweets sent by one particular user. This command is called “from:” It is very useful to set up a Twitter follower tracker. We can combine it with a hashtag or not. For example, if we want to see all the tweets sent by @TweetBinder (without hashtag) we will write: from:tweetbinder

Notice that we don’t need to write the @ in the query. If you want to combine it with a hashtag, just add the hashtag to the query: from:tweetbinder #SocialMedia

Most popular tweets by user

How to find an account’s most popular tweets? Easy peasy lemon squeezy! This is a combination of two twitter advanced search commands: 1) tweets sent by a user 2) minimum retweets per tweet. So, for example, if we were to know the most popular tweets sent by Taylor Swift in the last few days, we just need to type the following phrase in the Tweet Binder browser: from:taylorswift13 min_retweets:1000This will give us a complete report for those tweets and in the Excel and in the classify tab we will be able to see the most popular tweets.

Most popular tweets sent by an account
Most popular tweets sent by Taylor Swift between September 16 and September 21.

Other commands for Twitter advanced search

There are a bunch of other advanced commands in Twitter advanced search that we can use to create our Twitter report. The ones mentioned in this post are the most common ones. Find here a list of other useful ones:

  • Quotation marks – Using “” you can look for an exact phrase on Twitter. Just write it inside the quotation marks: “Social Media”
  • OR – These commands will let you look for more than a keyword in your search. Type it in capital letters: Social Media OR #SocialMedia
  • To – mentions to a specific user. Look for tweets that mention one user on Twitter: to:justinbieber
  • Tweets sent by verified accounts. For example: Elections filter:verified account

Tweet Binder and Twitter advanced search

All the search operators we have mentioned also work on Tweet Binder. What does this mean? It means that your reports can be as concrete as you need them to be. If we want to get all the tweets sent using the hashtag #Oscars since:yyyy-mm-dd we just have to enter the search operator in Tweet Binder’s search box. We ask how to search someone’s tweets, and you got the answer.

Using all these types of search operators gives us the chance of getting really interesting reports. If you own a brand or a company they will be really helpful for you. You can make comparisons between your activity on social media and your competitors’, for example. So, do not wait any longer and try our reports!

Go beyond the external stats

Thanks to Tweet Binder, we can create multiple searches and multiple reports. However, it is possible to go further and continue our analysis with your Twitter analytics. It is a tool provided by Twitter to analyze someone else’s tweets.

Sending tweets and interacting with the audience is necessary but it is also important to analyze our account and its content to assess whether the objectives are being fulfilled. With Twitter Analytics we can know the impact of all our activities. Knowing the Twitter statistics of what we have already done, we will have information to assess their success, make decisions and even, if it is necessary, rethink our communication strategy.