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Table of Contents
- 1 Accurate Twitter searches with Twitter advanced search
- 2 Twitter Search Operators
- 3 The importance of analyzing hashtags on Twitter
- 4 Searching tweets
- 5 Creating your own Twitter free report with Twitter advanced search
- 6 Advanced Search on Twitter.com
- 7 Go beyond the external stats
- 8 Twitter advanced search is an awesome tool
- 9 Examples of Twitter Advanced Search
- 10 Tweet Binder and Twitter’s advanced search
- 11 Analyze hashtags by date with Tweet Binder reports
- 12 The Tweet Binder Team can help you
Accurate Twitter searches with Twitter advanced search
How many tweets were shared with my hashtag? How many of those tweets were sent yesterday? Were any of them written in French? What if I only need the pictures? These are valid questions and all of them can be answered using the Twitter advanced search. We have spoken several times about the Twitter advanced search and it is something that it is more alive than ever. 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 filters.
If you read this article you will learn how to create Twitter reports using the Twitter Advanced Search operators, you can read it to learn how or click the next button to start right away:
The next picture is a Tweet Binder report on a hashtag taking away the retweets and only since one day in particular: (pic pending)
In that case, we wanted to know what people wrote (original content, no retweets) about the movie #FanstacticBeasts and the character Nagini because that character generated controversy on that day. We wanted to see who wrote the content, how many impacts and so. We used for that the Twitter Advanced Search. In the following lines we will be explaining how to use Twitter’s advanced search. But first, we need to know what we can look for with this type of search. The answer is actually pretty simple: anything. Yes, that’s right, any user can search a Twitter account a Twitter hashtag or any keyword or term. By following the Twitter guidelines that we will explain in this post, you will become a master of the Twitter advanced search. Lots of questions may come to your mind such as, can I run a Twitter mentions search? Well, of course! As we had said before, a Twitter search can be run about anything.
Twitter’s advanced search is one way of obtaining very concrete information. There are some basic search 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. This Twitter search operators can also be used when using Tweet Binder. This is a way of creating a very useful and concrete report.
Twitter Search Operators
An advanced command or operator of Twitter advanced search is a simple text that we write next to our query that will tell Twitter to send us only the results that we want. For example, we can insert an advanced command next to our hashtag to get tweets only from a specific period of time. Or also we can use these commands to get only tweets that are sent from one single user. Twitter search operators are the key part or the Twitter advanced search, using them correctly will make you a pro.
There are many advanced commands for Twitter advanced search, in these post we will see the ones we consider more useful. One important thing is to write these commands exactly as we show in this post, otherwise the search won’t work. Twitter can be very confusing sometimes, full of tweets and terms. The advanced commands (or operators) are your friend, they will help you. It can be hard sometimes to get to the tweets you are looking for. Fortunately, Twitter has the option of running advanced searches. We have written several posts about this, here is an example. What this advanced operators allows you to do is to run a more accurate search. You can filter tweets by language, by date and even by location. But, what if you need the stats for tweets sent during an specific period of time? No worries, Tweet Binder can help you with that. Same as Twitter, Tweet Binder has an advanced search that allows you to filter tweets. Let’s see how to analyze hashtags by date, location, etc with Tweet Binder.
Search operators are a string of characters used in a Twitter query to narrow down the search. We have already spoken about this in some of our posts, they help us during our research and provide us exactly the information we are looking for. As we have mentioned before, there are many types of search operators that will guide us to different information. There are some basic search operators such as hashtags, terms, accounts or links.
We can also use Twitter’s advanced search to look for content using search operators by date. There are three options. The first one allows us to get tweets sent since any date. For example: We can look for #Audi since:2018-04-21. The other option is to look for tweets sent until any day. #Audi until:2018-04-23. The last option is to choose the beginning and the end of the search. So, te example would be: #Audi since:2018-04-21 until:2018-04-23.
Twitter’s advanced search also allows us to search by type of tweets. This means that we can choose what kind of the we are going to get. For example we can get retweets by writing #Hashtag RT. We can also get links (#Hashtag HTTP), images (#Hashtag PIC) or we can also avoid any of these kind of tweets. It is as simple as adding a minus in front of each type of tweet. For example: #Hashtag -RT, #Hashtag -HTTP or #Hashtag -PIC.
By entering #Hashtag lang:en / lang:es / lang:it or lang:fr we can also search tweets by language. In these cases we will get tweets in English, in Spanish, in Italian or in french. And, last but not least, we can combine all these search operators. This way we will obtain very concrete tweets.
Measuring hashtags has become vital in any Communication and Marketing department. The importance of knowing the activity of our campaigns on Twitter is unquestionable. For that reason, we will explain how to make the most of the advanced search on Twitter. These parameters can also be used when you analyze hashtags in Tweet Binder. You will be able search for Tweets by a Specific date or detect tweets with a certain number of retuits. Everything you need to know is available in this guide so keep reading this post if you want to make out the most of your searches.
Searching tweets by language
Twitter advanced search works with Tweet Binder reports. If you want to filter tweets by language you just need to know the code of the language you need. Some examples are: ES for Spanish, FR for french or EN for english. When does this filter come in handy? English is a language spoken worldwide. Some marketing agencies tend to use hashtag in this language even though the campaign is going to take place in France. The thing with this global hashtags is that the might have lots of unrelated tweets. So, what can we do with this? Use the Twitter Advanced Search! Imagine that our hashtag is #SocialMedia18 and our event has taken place in Paris. What we would type in our search is #SocialMedia18 lang:fr. This way, we will only obtain tweets written in French.
So let’s see it again. Twitter advanced search lets us get the tweets from a hashtag written only in English for example. We will use the command “lang:” and then the code of the language we want. For example, let’s look for tweets in English from the hashtag #SocialMedia, the query will be:
Searching tweets by date
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?”. Tweet Binder can do that, just use the advanced commands since and until in our search box. For example, let’s imagine we need to get stats for #socialmedia only from yesterday (28th of May), we have to proceed like this:
#YourHashtag since:2019-07-01 until:2019-07-05
This way we will search Twitter by date: tweets from the 1st of July 2019 until the 5th. 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.
With Tweet Binder you can analyze tweets with no date limitation. This means that you can look for a hashtag since 2009, for example. These historical reports are done under demand, but any user can create a 7-day report for free. How to accurate a search by date? You just need to go to www.tweetbinder.com and write:
#YourHashtag since:2019-10-11 until:2019-10-13 (change the dates and hashtag please)
The date range must be in the last 7 days.
Searching tweets by type of tweet
Another really usual demand is to create a report based on a certain type of tweet. For example, if we are running a photo contest about #London where we only want to analyze tweets that contain pictures we can easily use the advanced search to select those tweets.
This type of filter is not very popular but it is very useful. Imagine that you only need the tweets that contain a picture. There is no need to run a report on the whole hashtag and then look for each picture. You just need to type in the search box the following query: #SocialMedia18 PIC. Are you just looking for links? Then, you will need to type #SocialMedia18 HTTP Which are the most used filters? The ones that separate the original tweets from the retweets. If we are looking for original tweets we would need to type #SocialMedia18 -RT. On the contrary, if what we are looking for are the retweets shared, we would need to type #SocialMedia18 RT.
We can also create reports containing just RTs by searching, for example: #London RT. Or if we only want to analyze the links about a topic or hashtag, we have to search for: #London link. We use the type of tweets to search for hashtags, words or Twitter accounts but we always have to write first what we want to base the report on and then, after a space, the type of results that we want to obtain.
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:
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 the 25th and 26th of May. It’s really easy, we have got to have the order of the search very clear. We should write: #socialmedia RT since:2019-05-25 until:2019-05-27
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. Do not hesitate to contact us to help you find the best result for your search, we’ll be happy to help you and to show you how to create your own reports like a PRO.
List of advanced Twitter search operators
These advanced commands (or operators) are very useful to find tweets but it is vital to analyze these tweets and know their impact and statistics. 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 are the following:
Filtering Twitter data by dates: Valid for searches from home
- #TweetBinder since: 2018-10-11 (tweets since 11th October)
- @tweetbinder until: 2018-10-11 (tweets until 11th October)
- “analytical tool” since: 2018-10-11 until: 2018-10-19 (tweets between 11st and 18th October inclusive)
Filtering Twitter data by type of tweet:
- #SocialMedia RT (only RTs)
- #Marketing HTTP (Tweets containing link)
- #Hashtag PIC (Tweets containing image)
- #Analytics -HTTP -PIC (all Tweets less those containing links and images)
Filtering Twitter data by language:
- English – #TweetBinder lang:en
- Spanish – #TweetBinder lang:es
- Italian – #TweetBinder lang:it
- French – #TweetBinder Lang:fr
Filtering Twitter data by in multiple searches:
- #TweetBinder and @tweetbinder (tweets containing the two terms)
- #TweetBinder OR @tweetbinder (tweets containing #TweetBinder and tweets containing @tweetbinder)
- from: @tweetbinder (Tweets sent from the account @ Tweetbinder)
Creating your own Twitter free report with Twitter advanced search
As we have seen in this post, there are several filters that you can apply to a Twitter search. The best thing is to try it and learn from the experience. To do so, you can go to www.tweetbinder.com and start creating your first free reports. Try looking for a global hashtag and filter it by any language or type of tweet that you want to. Do you have any questions about this? Contact our team and the will happily help you!
When you access Tweet Binder, use the advanced Twitter operators in the big search box.
Advanced Search on Twitter.com
Creating the 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.
Within 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.
Search for Tweets by a Specific Date on Twitter
One of the most commonly used options is to search for tweets by date. When it comes to finding the relevant tweets of a specific period, we can select the start and end date. For that reason, we can delimite and see only those tweets that have been sent during the requested time slot. We have to remember that we will not receive the retweets after that day.
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
- Written in: 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
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. Twitter analytics is a tool provided by Twitter to analyze someone else’s tweets.
Twitter Analytics will help us to understand better the impact of the content we have shared. We send daily messages to our followers but… What effect do they have? What kind of messages have more engagement? Thanks to our Twitter Analytics panel we will not only be able to discover the general statistics of our account on a monthly basis but also, we will access to the highlights of our account. For example: the tweets with more impressions, the most important follower or the most successful mention we have received). Moreover, the audience panel, which contains important information about the people who follow us on Twitter.
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. Thanks to Twitter Analytics, we will be able to know the impact of all our activity. 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.
As marketing professionals, it is in our hands to develop the communication strategy and campaigns on Twitter. But also to deepen and analyze its impact and engagement between the audience to which we are headed. Thanks to Twitter Analytics, we will be able to discover all the statistics related to our Twitter account and through Tweet binder, we will track all the metrics about the hashtags, mentions or searches. Do not forget to use the advanced search commands.
Now is your time to put in practice all these guidelines. You will get the most out of the advanced search on Twitter. If you need to analyze any of these searches and get your analytical report on Twitter, do not hesitate to visit www.tweetbinder.com. We will be more than happy to help you.
Also, do not miss our post about Twitter analytics on politicians. If you are curious about how do politicians tweet, check how they do it!
Twitter advanced search is an awesome tool
We have seen many ways to use the Twitter advanced search and we must say that it is awesome. Yes, for sure, it is because it let us search old tweets, tweets filtered by date, etc. Twitter allows users to look for specific tweets using its advanced commands for search. We explained in this post how to create an impact report on any hashtag or term on Twitter using these commands and Tweet Binder. Twitter advanced search is also a very unknown tool, not many users know it. Using it right can save us a lot of time when. For example when we want to analyze only tweets in a certain period of time. Or when we need to analyze tweets that not contain certain keyword. We have been using Tweet Binder for Twitter analytics and its search engine for tweets. Remember, to create one report just follow these simple steps:
- Enter Tweet Binder’s web site.
- Log in using your Twitter account (mandatory by Twitter)
- Type your search on the white box
These simple steps will put you in the square one of the Twitter advanced search. In this post we have been focusing on the 3rd step.
Examples of Twitter Advanced Search
Let’s see some examples of what we have done in this post.
Looking for tweets from a specific period of time
In the Twitter advanced search, looking for tweets from a specific period of time is one of the most useful command. We will see how to create a Tweet Binder report filtered by date. To get those tweets we will use the commands SINCE and UNTIL. “Since” will indicate the beginning of the period and “until” the end. For example, let’s imagine we want to see tweets for the 16th of June 2019 that mention the hashtag #SocialMedia, the query we will have to write in the search box will be:
#SocialMedia since:2019-06-16 until:2019-06-17
The “until” command shows the day the search will stop giving results. If we want tweets from the 16th, we should set the 17th as “stop day”. So now go to Tweet Binder and insert your query in the search box. The results will be like this:
Getting tweets that mention a keyword excluding another one
This is a one of the most useful advanced commands for Twitter. It is very common wanting to get stats and tweets from a hashtag or keyword but excluding certain words. For that we will use the command “-“. Using the same example than before, let’s look for tweets that mention the hashtag #SocialMedia but do not mention the word Facebook in the same date. The query will be:
#SocialMedia -Facebook since:2019-06-16 until:2019-06-17
It is important to insert the “-” next to the word we want to exclude without leaving any blank space. Just write the “-” next to the word you want to exclude. This will be the result:
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:” 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:
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:
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 command 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:tweetbinder
Tweet Binder and Twitter’s advanced search
All the search operators we have mentioned also work on Tweet Binder. What dos 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 #Audi since:2019-06-20 we just have to enter the search operator in Tweet Binder’s search box.
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 competitor’s, for example. So, do not wait any longer and try our reports!
There are several ways of filtering tweets by date with Tweet Binder. All the operators and commands we have seen in this post are used in the big search box, that will create a 7-day report. But there are many other reports. First, you have to decide which period of time you want to track. Depending on that, you will need one kind of report or another. As you know, Tweet Binder has no limit when running historical reports. You can choose between:
- 7-day report: Up to 10,000 tweets form the last 7 days (FREE version of up to 500 tweets)
- 30-day report: Up to 35,000 tweets from the last 30 days
- Historical report: Up to 140,000 tweets with no date limitation (it can go back for months and years)
The advanced search can be applied to any of those kind of reports. The way of applying it is different in each one of them. We are going learn how to run a 7-day report filtered by date.
7-day report filtered by date
These kind of reports have also a FREE version which gives up to 2,000 tweets from the last 7 days on any hashtag, account or term. They can be created from the homepage of Tweet Binder or from the user’s private dashboard. Let’s analyze a hashtag by date. We are going to use as an example the hashtag #VMA.
To analyze hashtags by date we will go to the search box and type: #VMA since:2018-08-13 until:2018-08-14. This will give us all the stats of the hashtag just for the 13th of August. If, for example, we want to compare that day with the previous one we will type: #VMA since:2018-08-12 until:2018-08-13 to run a report on August 12th.
As you can see, it is very easy to filter a hashtag by date. It is not only easy but also useful. You can have a general report on a hashtag but you can filter the tweets by day. This means that you can see a hashtag evolution by creating daily reports. With the medium monthly plan you can have a real time campaign running and you can create unlimited 7-day reports. Meaning that you will be able to have the general report and to run 7-day reports filtered by date.
30-day report filtered by date
You can create from your control panel these types of reports. You will need a PRO plan with us, if you are interested contact us now.
Historical report filtered by date
These reports are made under request, again, contact us and we will be happy to help you.
The Tweet Binder Team can help you
If you still don’t know how to filter tweets by date or you need any kind of assistance with your reports, feel free to contact us. The Tweet Binder Team is always available and willing to help your Twitter analytics. Also, know that filtering a hashtag by date is just the beginning, the Advanced Twitter search gives us a lot of possibilities!
Millions of tweets are shared daily. Twitter advanced search is the best way to come up with detailed stats and data when we need, for example, to analyze more than one hashtag or stats from only one day. We can look for help on Twitter’s page but we are going to show you the main commands that our clients use and those that they find really useful on their daily work with Twitter analytics. It’s time to become a real PRO Twitter searcher!