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Searching Twitter

Searching Twitter is a great way to find Tweets related to a topic of interest. Once you conduct a search, you can save it for later, or you can use the query within a third party Twitter tool. Here are the steps for conducting a Twitter search:

1. Go to

2. Enter your search words or phrase in the field provided and click on the Search button.

Search Operators

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".
#haiku containing the hashtag "haiku".
from:alexiskold sent from person "alexiskold".
to:techcrunch sent to person "techcrunch".
@mashable referencing person "mashable".
"happy hour" near:"sanfrancisco" containing the exact phrase "happy hour" and sent near "san francisco".
near:NYC within:15mi sent within 15 miles of "NYC".
superhero since:2010-12-27 containing "superhero" and sent since date "2010-12-27" (year-month-day).
ftw until:2010-12-27 containing "ftw" and sent up to date "2010-12-27".
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

Saving Searches

To save your search, click on the Save this search at the top of the results screen.

Using Saved Searches

To use your saved searches from within Twitter, follow these steps:

1. Click on the Home tab at the top of the Twitter site.

2. At the top of your timeline, click on the Searches dropdown menu and choose the search you wish to view.

Deleting a Saved Search

To delete a saved search, simply visit your saved search as described above, and click on the link Remove saved search.

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