It’s helpful to do precise searches with filters like dates, topics, and even specific words
Some say that if you dominate advanced search, there’s nothing you can’t find on Twitter.
Where is Twitter's advanced search
To start using Twitter’s advanced search on desktop, do the following:
Log in to Twitter and click on the “Explore” tab on the left side of your screen
Insert a search term on the “Search bar” and press space to search
When your search appears, click on the three dots in the top-right corner, and a menu will open.
Click on advanced search, and you’ll access the advanced search menu
Unfortunately, this feature is unavailable on Android and iOS. That means that no, you can not use Twitter’s Advanced Search on mobile unless you do it via browser.
Now that we’ve found the advanced search let’s try it!
How to use Twitter’s Advanced Search
Once the advanced search menu is open, it's as simple as filling in a few or each of the different categories to tailor your search.
You can filter by:
Words: Tweets that contain specific words, specific sentences, hashtags…
Accounts: Tweets from specific accounts or tweeting at certain accounts
Engagement: Tweets with a certain amount of likes, retweets, or replies
Places: Tweets sent from a specific location
Date: Tweets published between particular dates
To make even more from the search, you can combine different fields.
For example, let’s say you want to find what people in New York were saying about the New York Knicks in the NBA’s Christmas game. You would then search for tweets containing the word “Knicks” and add December 25 on the date search filed.
Combining different fields is where Twitter's advanced search shines.
Using Twitter’s advanced search operators. Making your search easier.
By now, you probably realize how useful Twitter’s advanced search is. But let’s be honest, it’s not easy to use.
That’s why we have “Search operators”: search operators are a series of formulas (called operators by Twitter) that you can paste directly onto the search bar to make the advanced search easier.
These formulas do the same as the advanced search menu. They are just simpler and faster to use.
Now, let’s say we want to know what Naval was tweeting during this past month of August. What we would need to do is add these two search operators:
Now we can see tweets only posted in August
How to filter tweets by the number of retweets
Another use case is searching for tweets with a certain number of retweets, useful if you want to find the most retweeted posts from someone. This is especially useful to see someone’s best ideas, as those tend to be those with the most RTs.
The operator is min_retweets:NN. You just need to substitute NN by a number, and Twitter will return all tweets with a higher RT count.
How to filter tweets by the number of likes
Filtering per number of likes works the same as the retweets. And it’s useful to find the most liked tweets from someone. The operator is min_faves:NN.
You need to substitute NN by a number, and Twitter will return all tweets with a higher like count. Example:
All Twitter advanced search operators
As mentioned above, Twitter's advanced search is more powerful when you combine several of these operators.
To make this easier for you, here’s a table with the main ones:
HOW DOES IT WORK
Returns all tweets ever posted by @JustinBieber
Tweets since a specific date
Tweets until a certain date
Filtering tweets by language. In this case, English
Filter tweets by the number of likes
Filter tweets by the number of retweets
Only returns content that HAS an image or video
Only returns content that DOESN’T have an image or video
Returns tweets containing an url with the a concrete word in it
Returns tweets with the exact phrase between the “