Like most social networks, Twitter lets you search through its history with a nice visual interface, but there's so much more you can do under the surface.
In this post you'll learn how to use the
Advanced search, and then how to use a special syntax to find old tweets from anyone. Here's how to use the Advanced Search
Open Twitter, and
click "Search Twitter" in the nav bar Type a query and it will usually show you relevant results
If you want to be more specific you need to click the "Advanced search" button in the results page If you want to
receive the resulting tweets via email, automatically, use Mailbrew.
Here's the Advanced search button
Thanks to a
special syntax, you can make complex and powerful Twitter searches right from the search input field. This can be a more powerful and quicker way to get the tweets you're looking for.
The Advanced search interface
With a tool like Mailbrew you can also
receive Twitter search results via email, automatically.
Mailbrew in action
We'll show you some examples of what you can do with this syntax.
How to search tweets from a specific user
To find tweets coming from a specific account, use the
from: filter followed by the account Twitter handle.
For example, to search tweets from
Federico Viticci, search:
How to search your own tweets
To see and search all tweets coming from your account, you can use the
from: filter, mixed with any query. For example, to search my own tweets I would write:
Just see links from a specific account
The query below will return all the tweets from
Federico Viticci that have a link in them:
How to search tweets by date
Let's say you want to find all the tweets from
Federico Viticci from January 2019 to December. You can use the date syntax to do it:
from:viticci since:2019-01-01 until:2019-12-12
How to see tweets from various accounts in one feed
The query below will include all tweets from
@verge, @techcruch and @macrumors:
from:verge OR from:techcrunch OR from:macrumors
Track Mentions of your company, product or competitors
We use this query to get all the tweets mentioning Mailbrew in our inbox. This way we can promptly respond to users and chip in when there are some issues:
mailbrew OR mailbrew.com -filter:retweets -from:mailbrew
This query does
include all tweets with "mailbrew" or "mailbrew.com" in them
exclude (notice the minus "-" in front of
filter) retweets from the results exclude tweets that are tweets from the @mailbrew account (we don't what to get back our own tweets)
Discover tweets quoting one of your tweets
Twitter does not show tweets quoting one of your tweets in the activity tab, so it's easy to lose track of them. With this query you will get all the tweets quoting one of the tweets from the frankdilo account (just replace
frankdilo with your twitter username — in both places).
Explanation of queries and operators
If you just want all the tweets mentioning a
specific keyword you can just use that keyword as your query:
If you want to do an
exact match (only get tweets that contain exactly what you typed to the letter) wrap your query in quotes:
mailbrew OR mailbrew.com
This one allows you to combine queries and get tweets that match either the first or the second condition. It is pretty useful to track
This will give you all the tweets that have either "mailbrew" or "mailbrew.com" in them.
mailbrew AND newsletters
Allows you to combine queries that match both of the provided conditions.
This will give me the tweets containing (in the same tweet) both the search terms
mailbrew and newsletters. Parentheses () to group operators
mailbrew ("service" OR "app")
This query will give you all tweets that include either "mailbrew service" or "mailbrew app".
Filtering by User
This will return tweets sent from the
@mailbrew Twitter account.
This will return all the tweets sent to the
@mailbrew Twitter account. Great to track feature requests and complains to competing products. Filter by Content
You can use a dash/minus "-" in front of any operator to exclude its content instead of including it.
Include only retweets in the search results:
Exclude retweets from search results:
Include only replies in the results:
Exclude replies from search results:
Links, Images and Videos
You can include tweets with only image/images/videos with the queries below:
Search inside urls
url: operator you can search for content inside urls.
The query below will match all urls that link to
You're a Twitter Search Pro now
Now you know how to use Advanced Twitter Search like pro. Go ahead and find some tweets, or
setup automatic email newsletters with Mailbrew to get the tweets you need, on your schedule.