Twitter Search, a simple guide
May 21, 2011 Leave a comment
A buddy of mine recently started up a twitter account to help his company reach out to potential clients. He asked for some info on how to use the search tool on twitter. I thought that I could make a little instruction guide on my blog so not only he, but everyone else could reference it as well.
The above picture is screen shot from http://search.twitter.com/. To gain access to the more advanced features of search click on, well, Advance Search. The next page you see will look something like this:
You’ll notice that advanced search is divided up into 6 sections. For our purposes we are only going to concentrate on the Words section. There really isn’t anything to be afraid of here, so just start plugging away with search terms. I like using exact phrases because it tends to narrow down your results to topical tweets as opposed to just individualised words. The key to using the search is trying different combinations of words because people will tweet similar ideas in different ways. You can also choose tho search by hashtags. If not familiar with hashtags, they are similar to a “tag” on a tweet that allows people to track topics. Conferences will promote the use of a hashtag to allow attendees to communicate with each other through twitter even if they have never met. It’s a great way to meet new people.
The main idea is just to play with the tool. You’ll quickly discover the power in it. After I find a good search phrase, I like to create a column in TweetDeck to allow me to monitor the search in real-time. If you have any questions on any of this, feel free to ask. Happy searching.