5 Ways to be a Twitter Search Expert
Twitter Search Engine Expert
Most people when considering to search for information automatically think to go to Google, which is fine especially if you can use it like an expert, however, there are other platforms to search for the right information, one of them being Twitter.
Don’t be alarmed, I’m not crazy. Twitter does in fact hold the potential to be an incredibly useful search tool. With over 140 million active users the possibilities are virtually endless. Twitter search can help you find interesting articles, keep tabs on your industry or company, or even attract new followers.
If not sure how to use Twitter Search, here are 5 simple tips to help you be a Twitter search expert.
Use Advanced Search: Most people are somewhat familiar with Twitter Search, although to get better more useful results try using the Advanced Twitter Search option which offers a variety of options to yield the best results. For example, users can search for tweets containing a keyword from either all users or narrow it down to a particular user.
Exact Match: When looking for a particular word or phrase it’s best to use the exact match option found on the advanced search page. Another suggestion could be to enclose the search phrase with quotes to keep them grouped together.
Subtract Words: Even though you may find the exact phrase you looking for, chances are that some of the results do very little for you. If you are searching for a business, be sure to remember that most names aren’t absolutely unique and that there is a possibility that the name is shared with other organizations or items. There is a solution, remove keywords associated with extraneous results. Simply put a minus sign before the word you want to remove from the search inquiry.
Filter for Links: Even though users are limited to 140 characters, they are able to share links to other articles that are more in-depth than any tweet ever could be. If you’re on the hunt for results that only have links simply adding “filter:links” after inputting your search query.
Put the Pieces Together: Knowing the operators to assist in an expert-like search is nice, but just like in school, it doesn’t mean as much unless you can make sense of them and put them all together. Using multiple operators will help you narrow and better define your search, which will in turn provide you the most useful information.
These are just a few of the many command operators to help manipulate Twitter Search to your advantage. The entire list will give you many more operators to help you get the most out your searches.
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Written by Jason Oliveira