Quick Tips to use Twitter Search in a better way
The new Twitter homepage is a refreshing change and brings a whole
bunch of new features. The major change is that Twitter has improved
its search functionality and highlights it with a large search box on its
homepage. It has also introduced a list of trending or popular topics
that are making rounds on twitter. This shows that Twitter is moving
from a simple social networking site to a real-time search engine. Biz
Stone, founder of Twitter, said on his Twitter blog that they will
continue to improve the search results.
Here are some quick tips to make Twitter Search easier for you:
• Use a hash (#) sign immediately before a word to search for that
hashtag. Example: #SEO will find tweets containing the hashtag
• Use a minus sign immediately before any word you want
excluded in results. Example: Swine -flu will find tweets
containing "swine" but not "flu".
• To find tweets that ask a question, use a question mark (?).
Example: SMM ? will find tweets containing "SMM" that ask a
• Use until: immediately before a specific date to find tweets sent
before and until that date,. Example: Barack Obama
until:2009-08-6 will find tweets mentioning "Barack Obama"
sent until date "2009-08-6" (year-month-day).
• Use the smiley sign ‘:)’ to find tweets with a positive attitude.
Example: weather :) will find tweets containing "weather" with a
• Use the sad sign ‘:( ’ to find tweets with a negative or sad
attitude. Example: elections :( will find tweets containing
"elections" and with a negative attitude.
• Use filter:links to find tweets that link to a URL. Example:
marketing filter:links will find tweets containing "marketing" with