Use Twitter to research it, not everyone thinks about it. Despite its simplistic appearance, the social network search engine is much more complex than one might think.
If the first reflex of users is to enter a few keywords in the search engine of the platform, it is possible to optimize these queries by adding search operators, like those existing on Google. Thanks to them, the results obtained will be much more precise, and above all, much more relevant.
But before that, there are some technical aspects of the search engine to take into account. Twitter. This does not, for example, take accents into account. Searching for a word with or without an accent does not change anything. Another specificity, it does not manage the masculine / feminine and singular / plural. If you are looking for terms that can change gender or number, you will need to write them in all possible spellings to include them in the results.
Finally, searching for a word or phrase in the social network’s search engine will allow you to search for the tweets that include them, as well as the user accounts that mention them in their biography (under the People tab).
Here are all the essential search operators to master the search engine of Twitter :
- ““ : Put a phrase or phrase you are looking for in quotes to display all the tweets using that exact group of words.
- GOLD and AND : use GOLD (or and AND (and) written in capital letters, to search for several different terms. You can combine them by putting each group in parentheses.
Example: (Tours OR Orleans) AND “best city” will display all tweets mentioning Tours or Orleans, and best city.
- – (minus sign) : Add a minus sign followed by a word, or a hashtag, or a phrase in quotes to exclude them from search results.
- from: accountname : allows you to filter a search by displaying only the tweets published by a specific account. Can be associated with the sign – to exclude a specific account from the results.
- to: @accountname : allows you to filter a search by displaying only the responses sent to a specific account.
- @account name : Use a user’s account name directly in the search box to view all tweets that mention and post about that account.
- Tweet url : Paste a tweet’s URL directly into the search box to display all of the Retweets in that tweet with a comment.
- Filter: follows : Add this operator to your search to display only the tweets of the accounts to which you have subscribed.
- Filter: verified : Add this operator to your search to only display tweets from verified accounts.
- Exclude: verified : Add this operator to your search to exclude verified accounts from the results.
- Filter: replies : Add this operator to your search to only display tweets that replied to another tweet.
- Exclude: hashtags : Excludes hashtags from your main search.
- filter: links / exclude: links : Displays only or excludes all messages integrating media (website, image, video, etc.).
- filter: images / exclude: images : displays or excludes tweets including an image.
- filter: videos / exclude: videos : Displays or excludes tweets including videos (Twitter, YouTube, etc.).
- filter: native_video / exclude: videos : Show or exclude tweets with native videos Twitter.
- lang: fr : displays only the tweets in the chosen language (here French).
- since: aaaa-mm-dd: displays all tweets from date in year-month-day format.
- until: aaaa-mm-dd: displays all tweets up to date in year-month-day format.
- near: place : Displays all geotagged tweets posted near a specific location.
- min_retweets: xxx: displays all tweets that have been retweeted at least xxx times
- min_faves: xxx: displays all tweets that have obtained at least xxx likes.
- min_replies: xxx: post all tweets that have obtained at least xxx responses.
These search operators can be combined with each other and combined with your standard searches to obtain more relevant results.
With them, you can search for tweets that include multiple specific words, exact phrases, search for comments associated with a tweet, exclude certain terms or accounts from results, and much more.