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Twitter Search

The Twitter search engine features many Twitter search tools to help you get the most out of your experience. You can search Twitter posts, perform a Twitter people search for other users, and even search on Twitter for keywords and phrases that you're interested in. And with the Twitter search people can find you, too, based on your bio, your location and keywords in your own tweets!

What should I know about Twitter Search?

Twitter search is very useful for finding out what people are saying right now about a particular topic (keyword). To use Twitter search use the search box from your home page, or go to
There are actually two types of search, searches for tweets and searches for people usage research just like you use Google. Try variations of your name and your twitter username. The search tool has an RSS feed so you can subscribe to search results and monitor them from a feed reader, like Google Reader. Also, the right hand column of the search tool shows trending topics. They are a great way to see what everybody is talking about. You can also search for hash tags to see all the discussions around an event or topic (covered later).

Use Advanced Operators to get More out of Search

Examples are below, you can also use the advanced search form.


Finds tweets...

twitter search

containing both "twitter" and "search". This is the default operator.

"happy hour"

containing the exact phrase "happy hour".

love OR hate

containing either "love" or "hate" (or both).

beer -root

containing "beer" but not "root".


containing the hashtag "haiku".


sent from person "alexiskold".


sent to person "techcrunch".


referencing person "mashable".

"happy hour" near:"san francisco"

containing the exact phrase "happy hour" and sent near "san francisco".

near:NYC within:15mi

sent within 15 miles of "NYC".

superhero since:2009-10-22

containing "superhero" and sent since date "2009-10-22" (year-month-day).

ftw until:2009-10-22

containing "ftw" and sent up to date "2009-10-22".

movie -scary :)

containing "movie", but not "scary", and with a positive attitude.

flight :(

containing "flight" and with a negative attitude.

traffic ?

containing "traffic" and asking a question.

hilarious filter:links

containing "hilarious" and linking to URLs.

news source:twitterfeed

containing "news" and entered via TwitterFeed

Advanced Search to do some interesting things, like find people within a 10 mile radius of a particular location. Or find updates with a positive or negative connotation, or within a specified time period.