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Twitter Advanced Search - Operators and Syntax for desktop and mobile

Twitter’s Advanced Search is one of the most useful (but hidden) features that the platform has. Learn how to use it in this article.

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Twitter Advanced Search to dominate your Twitter’s research

Twitter's advanced search is possibly one of the platform’s best-hidden features. But that doesn’t make it less valuable.
Advanced search allows you to make your search very specific, filtering by different factors like words, people, dates, etc.
It’s a convenient feature if you know how to use it right. At the same time, it’s not one of Twitter's most intuitive features.
But don’t worry, in today’s article, we’ll help you make the most of it. Let’s dive in!
Why would anyone want to use it if it's that hidden and complex?
There are a few reasons:
  • 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.
To start using Twitter’s advanced search on desktop, do the following:
  1. Log in to Twitter and click on the “Explore” tab on the left side of your screen
  1. Insert a search term on the “Search bar” and press space to search
  1. When your search appears, click on the three dots in the top-right corner, and a menu will open.
  1. Click on advanced search, and you’ll access the advanced search menu
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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!
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.
Let’s take a look:

How to find a specific tweet from someone

If we are looking to see tweets from someone specifically, you just need to add the search operator “from:” and then that person’s username.
An example, searching for tweets from Naval 👇
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How to find a tweet from a specific date

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:
  • since:yyyy-mm-dd
  • until:yyyy-mm-dd
Now we can see tweets only posted in August
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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.
An example:
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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 lked tweets from someone. The operator is min_faves:NN.
You just need to substitute NN by a number, and Twitter will return all tweets with a higher like count. Example:
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All Twitter advanced search operators

As mentioned above, Twitter 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:
OPERATOR
EXAMPLE
HOW DOES IT WORK
from:
from:JustinBieber
Returns all tweets ever posted by @JustinBieber
since:
since:yyyy-mm-dd
Tweets since a specific date
until:
until:yyyy-mm-dd
Tweets until a certain date
lang:
lang:en
Filtering tweets by language. In this case, English
min_faves:
min_faves:50
Filter tweets by the number of likes
min_retweets:
min_retweets:50
Filter tweets by the number of retweets
filter:
filter:imagesfilter:video
Only returns content that HAS an image or video
-filter:
-filter:images-filter:video
Only returns content that DOESN’T have an image or video
url:
url:amazon 
Returns tweets containing an url with the a concrete word in it
“phrase”
“tax reduction”
Returns tweets with the exact phrase between the “

Twitter’s advanced search alternative: Tweet Hunter

Even after everything we’ve covered in this article, it may still seem difficult for some users to use Twitter’s advanced search.
That’s why at Tweet Hunter we aimed to make search even simpler.
When you log into Tweet Hunter and go to the “Search” tab on the left column, this will show up:
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Once you're there, you need to write a topic you'd like to search tweets about, and the search engine will get them for you.
You can also look for tweets from specific users on Twitter. You just need their username:
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If you want to add like, RT, or even date filters, we’ve made it easier by adding a simple bar toggle you’ll find on the right side of the search bar.
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This makes Tweet Hunter’s search feature the same as Twitter’s, just that it’s easier to use and navigate.

What now?

Dominating Twitter’s advanced search is like unlocking a new level. You can use it to find inspiration or simply do some research.
The possibilities are endless! But that’s not everything Twitter has to offer. Twitter has other features that will be useful for your Twitter journey, like Twitter Analytics.
And if you are a Tweet Hunter user, you get to add automation to your Twitter arsenal.
That should be more than enough to kickstart your growth!