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How to Monitor Twitter Old School, Without a Tool

March 18, 2011
at 5:00 am PST


Twitter has been cracking down on third party apps as of late for violating their Terms of Service. This has resulted in suspension of those services. While Twitter applications certainly make all of our lives a little easier, we can live without them, at least for a little bit.

While we can’t easily check out the specifics of our followers or schedule tweets without our precious apps, we can still monitor the conversation. The old school way. Below is a list of search operators provided by Twitter that will help you keep tabs on the conversation while your apps may be in the time out chair or just unavailable in general. Learn the basics of search and cut through the noise of Twitter under any circumstance.

Search Operators

Operator Finds tweets…
twitter search containing both “twitter” and “search”. This is the default operator.
happy hour containing the exact phrase “happy hour”.
love OR hate containing either “love” or “hate” (or both).
beer -root containing “beer” but not “root”.
#haiku containing the hashtag “haiku”.
from:arom1000 sent from person “arom1000“.
to:arom1000 sent to person “arom1000“.
@arom1000 referencing person “arom1000“.
“happy hour” near:“san francisco” containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “san francisco”.
near:NYC within:15mi sent within 15 miles of “NYC”.
superhero since:2011-03-16 containing “superhero” and sent since date “2011-03-16″ (year-month-day).
ftw until:2011-03-16 containing “ftw” and sent up to date “2011-03-16″.
movie -scary  :) containing “movie”, but not “scary”, and with a positive attitude.
flight  :( containing “flight” and with a negative attitude.
traffic ? containing “traffic” and asking a question.
hilarious filter:links containing “hilarious” and linking to URLs.
news source:twitterfeed containing “news” and entered via TwitterFeed

Any and all comments are welcome and, as always, feel free to connect with me on Twitter -- @arom1000.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this very helpful list of search operators.

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