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A comprehensive list of Twitter search operators

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of search operators that work on Twitter.

Twitter can be a difficult platform to effectively manage. As soon as you start following more than 50 people, or are trying to effectively track mentions of brand names, competitors and keywords, it can become near impossible to hear anything amongst the crowds.

At Receptional, we use a number of customised tracking tools we’ve built in house to ensure that we can capture a huge amount of data, distilling it down into manageable context that our clients can make informed business decisions on.

So whether you’re looking to conduct a competitor analysis, improve your customer sentiment tracking or are looking for a more advanced high level analysis of the industry that you are in, get in touch to see how we can help your business.


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:alexiskold sent from person “alexiskold”.
to:techcrunch sent to person “techcrunch”.
@mashable referencing person “mashable”.
“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:2010-12-27 containing “superhero” and sent since date “2010-12-27” (year-month-day).
ftw until:2010-12-27 containing “ftw” and sent up to date “2010-12-27”.
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


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