Learn 2 operators to drastically improve your searches for old tweets
You saw the above manual retweet 2 weeks ago during a chat and now you want to find the original tweet to include it in a post. How do you find it in seconds instead of scrolling for minutes and being distracted?
Start by typing in the search box the one or two words used in the tweet and the hashtag if it took place during a chat.
What is very efficient is to add the handle of the author. Just adding the handle will not work. You need to prefix it with “from:”. Easy to remember no?
Let’s stretch this learning further.
If the tweet is old we can do better. Twitter will allow you to search 1000 tweets only and scrolling pages after pages is cumbersome. Estimate what is the earliest possible date for the tweet, add two days (to lift timezones incertitudes), and place it behind until:
from @dpontefract until:2016-01-16 #lrnchat peeps
I got the tweet directly and placed in my post. Using this technique there is not limit in time, you can find any tweet. It’s a general pattern: combining two operators drastically narrows your searches.
Dare take an occasion today to do a search on Twitter, because now you know how to do it efficiently.
You learned “from:”, “until;” and when to use them
Simple, short and to the point. See you next Wednesday
This tips was part of our “Search” serie. Search is important to seek information and resist to the temptation to keep everything