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4 Essential Twitter Search Operators for the DIY Set

Posted on 7.01.2014

Do you really need an expensive social media research solution? Can't you just use the search functionality at networks and platforms like Twitter to discover useful information? Why yes you can!

Twitter supports a number of search operators that prove to be incredibly valuable in understanding trends and memes, gaining some insights about your competitors, and being a better (more informed) Twitter user in general.

Try the following search operators on Twitter's search page and see what you can find!

- Put your keyword in quotes (e.g. "websites") and receive results containing that exact phrase. Using the hashtag within the search operator (e.g. "#websites") will also show tweet results containing that exact term 

- Exclude potential mismatches by using the "-" symbol on one of two keywords: e.g. use "websites -free" to see results for tweets with the term "websites" but not "free websites" 

- Discover tweets sent to specific Twitter profiles by using the "@" symbol before the username (e.g. "@websitemagazine")

- Find tweets in a local area by using the "near:" operator along with a keyword (e.g. "websites" near:"Chicago"). Take it a step further by specifying the proximity with the "within:" operator (e.g. "websites" near:"Chicago" within: 10mi)

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