How to easily search tweets by date on Twitter
One of Twitter’s best features is also the hardest to find.
Twitter’s advanced search is, ironically enough, not easy to locate. Many people are surprised to learn that there is even
It’s probably because the average user is content with Twitter’s basic search bar.
But you are here because you are not satisfied with the essentials, are you not?
You want to dig deeper. Maybe you want to go back in time and see what was tweeted on a specific date.
Or maybe you’re curious to find out everything someone has tweeted about a specific topic.
Twitter has a built-in search function for this.
Its entire public tweet archive is searchable, making it easy to find anything you’re looking for if you use the right filters.
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In order to search for tweets within a specific date range, you will need to use Twitter Advanced search Feature.
Read on to learn how advanced search differs from classic search, followed by some examples of advanced search in action.
How to Use Twitter’s Advanced Search Function
Twitter’s advanced search function goes beyond the general search bar, allowing you to conduct very specific queries with customizable parameters.
To access this feature, go to Twitter advanced search page.
Clicking this link will open advanced search in a pop-up window on the web version of Twitter.
Find tweets on a specific date by scrolling to the bottom of the popup.
You will see fields, like in the image below, with options to add dates to your search.
You can add a date range or a single specific date.
In addition to searching by date, you also have the option of narrowing your search by one of Twitter’s other advanced search options.
These options include things like:
- Words used in tweets.
- Exact phrases used in tweets.
- Hashtags used in tweets.
- Tweets from a specific account.
- Accounts mentioned in tweets.
- Tweets with links only.
- Level of engagement (i.e. tweets with a minimum number of replies/likes/retweets).
Here are some examples of searches using these filters.
Example: Find your first tweets
Let’s look at an example using multiple advanced search filters in a query.
Long-time Twitter users sometimes wonder what their first tweets looked like and how much engagement they got.
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First, we need to add our Twitter ID in the accounts filter as shown below.
Next, we’ll add a date filter.
We will use the date on our Twitter profile that tells us when we first signed up.
Just for fun, we’re going to create a date range until the end of the year so we can see all the tweets from our first few months on Twitter.
To note: You to have to enter a value for the date, month, and year, otherwise Twitter will ignore the date filter.
Now the only thing left to do is hit the big “Search” button and see the results.
That’s it, people.
Our very first tweet was a report on an advertising partnership between Yahoo and Twitter.
And we haven’t received any engagement on any of our early tweets.
How times have changed since then.
Example: Search for tweets with specific keywords from specific accounts
Here is another example that may be useful.
Suppose you want to find all tweets from a specific account that contain specific keywords.
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In this particular example, let’s try to find everything the official Google Twitter accounts have posted regarding major updates.
First, we’ll use keyword filters.
Consider how the keywords you are researching might be used in tweets.
In this example, our topic might be called “core update” or “core algorithm update”.
So we’re going to put “core” and “update” to make sure we’re picking up everything.
Next, we’ll add the official Google Twitter accounts.
Google has many official accounts, so we’ll only add those that are most likely to tweet important information about major updates.
From there, you can refine it even further with engagement and date filters.
We will, however, leave these filters alone for this particular example.
This is what we get after clicking the big “Search” button.
There’s a snapshot of everything tweeted about major Google Account updates in one place.
Example: Find your most liked tweets
Another way to use Twitter’s advanced search feature is to view an account’s most liked tweets.
You can also search for tweets by the number of comments and retweets they’ve received, but for the purposes of this example, we’ll just filter by likes.
This can be for your account or any other public account on Twitter.
Return to the Twitter advanced search form, enter the account you want to search for, then customize the settings under Engagement.
Do your search and Twitter will show you all the tweets from an account that meet a threshold for the number of likes.
As the example below shows, whenever you perform a query with Advanced Search, Twitter displays the formula it used in the search bar.
If you want to refine a query without returning to the advanced search form, you can simply edit the values in the search bar.
These are just a few of the many ways to explore Twitter’s archives with advanced search.
All filters can be used together. This means you can search by date, or search for the most liked tweets within a date range, or search for tweets with comments that also contain a specific word, etc.
There are almost endless combinations of filters you can use to find the exact tweets you need.
Twitter’s advanced search filters are relatively easy to use, but that wasn’t always the case.
Previously, you had to manually enter search operators, which required a deep understanding of how Twitter search works.
Previously, date searches could be performed by manually adding the “from:” and “to:” operators to your search.
Now you can just fill out a form instead of memorizing all the different search commands.
Unfortunately, Twitter’s advanced search is not available on the mobile app.
If you want to search by date on the mobile app, you can still do it the old-fashioned way by using the “from:” and “to:” operators.
Or, you can use the mobile browser version of Twitter, which supports advanced search.
Want to learn more about the ins and outs of this powerful search feature?
Read: Everything you need to know about Twitter Advanced Search.
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