Twitter Tips: How To Search Twitter Smarter

Once you're actively using Twitter, you may feel unable to keep up with all the messages of value. But you can learn to search them. From hashtags to smiley faces, here are our tips on how to search Twitter to get more value from it.

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4. Utilize Dates in Search

This is especially important within the Twitter community, because people post so many short messages during the course of their Twitter lives. Knowing that you wanted to reread a Tweet you sent yesterday can help narrow your search substantially compared to sieving through months of messages. When you click on the date bar, a simple drop down menu appears for you to select the dates in which you'd like to search for a message.

5. Search Shared Links

While Twitter is not a social bookmarking service, sharing links is definitely one of the most popular activities. People share links to articles, new products or websites, and people "retweet" links too (meaning, they share again, with their own followers).

This can be especially helpful if you remember a Twitter friend sharing a link with you from a previous day. If you forgot to bookmark it, you could go to Twitter and type that person's name into the "people" search, a key term into the keywords search, and check the link box to say you only want to return a tweet where the link was included. Add the aforementioned date search (if you remember) and you'll improve your chances of finding it.

6. Use Attitudes in Search

One of the more interesting features that Twitter searchers can tap into falls under the "attitudes" section. You can search for tweets that appear negative or positive in tone. This one is especially helpful for looking at product reviews.

So if you type iPhone into the search field, and check off the tweet "negative in tone," you might see a tweet that says, "New York Times iPhone app crashes EVERY SINGLE TIME I try to open an article."

Shortcut: If you want to check attitudes without visiting the advanced search page, simply put a :) or a :( after the search term. So, for positive iPhone reviews, type: iPhone :)

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