Twitter Advanced search will allow you to get the latest trends and opinions about topics ranging from breaking news, politics, controversies, product releases, movie reviews to wide range of niche topics.
As with Search Engine, lot of techniques can be repeated for Twitter search
1) Broad Search
This will give all the results related to the search term used. For example if you are searching to find out what people are saying about UK Economy, type in:
As you can see, you will get lot of opinions (both relevant and non-relevant) about UK economy.
2) Phrase Search
To narrow down your search to data and relevant information, put quotes over your search term like "UK Economy"
Now you get some useful stats about UK's economy.
3) Operator Search
Operator searches will allow you to narrow down your search to specific phrase, including other search terms or by excluding the occurrence of certain phrases.
Exclude Search Terms
For example: If you want to search for "UK Economy” but without the mention of ‘Olympic games’, repeat the search with a negative operator
“UK Economy” –Olympic
Please note that there should not be any gap between the “-“(minus operator) and the excluded words.
4) Hash Tag Search
Hash Tag (#) is used in Twitter to tag a tweet under a topic. For twitter searchers # (Hash Tags) is the easiest way to find out the latest news and opinions about a topic. You can directly enter the hash tags like:
5) Reference Search
If you are interested in what people are saying about a company or an individual use the @ search like:
You can also find out tweets send out by a person to another person using:
from: person1 to:person2
6) Location Search
If you want to find out the nearest MacDonald’s in your city then do a location based search like:
“Search Term” near:”Location”
You can filter the search to more specifics like:
“Search Term” near:”Location” within: 23mi
Mi -> Miles
7) Time Bound Search
For find out tweets from a certain time period use:
“Search Term” since:year-month-day
“Search Term” until:year-month-day
8) Mood Search
This search feature can be best used to find out the reviews of the movie you are planning to watch like:
Example 1: “Search Term” :)
Example 2: “Search Term” :(
Please note that the Emoticon might convey the mood of the Twitter user(unrelated to the Tweet Topic) . Twitter is not foolproof with regards to finding the sentiments of customers or prospects.
As you can see in the above example, the user is happy to be home and not because of George Bush
9) Blog Search
The best way to find out new blogs on niche topics is to use a link filter with your Twitter search like:
“Search Term” filter:links
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