I have a confession to make.
I do not use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to manage multiple accounts. I’ve heard people sing their praise, and I have tried using both, only to return to the good ole Twitter.com. Be it because I have not sat down and spent the time those applications deserve to organize and familiarize myself, or the idea of having all the accounts I manage readily available for me to make a Chrysler-like mistake that terrifies me. I hope I haven’t lost any social media credibility. Don’t judge me.
One thing that the third-parties don’t have – and many believe this to be true about Twitter.com as well – is a decent search tool. One entry field to try to find the profile of someone you may only know a little bit about rarely turns out successful, unless you know the full handle or name of that person (even then, not everyone uses their full name when registering.)
Well, get ready to have you mind blown…maybe. This little Twitter trick seems so simple and awesome, that when I first learned of it a few months ago, I played it cool like I had known since Twitter hatched. Then I realized this handy-dandy nugget of knowledge actually isn’t well-known. When I show this feature to friends, their reactions are usually “Well, huh. I had no idea” to which I’m all like “Oh, you didn’t know about this? I thought everyone knew about this. It’s okay, sweetie, you’ll learn.”
So, without further ado, here is how to perform an advance search on Twitter.
- Type twitter.com/search in your navigation bar. The only other way to reach this page is to search a term or person as you normally would, not find what you are looking for as you normally would, then selected the gear that gives you the option to save search or go to advance search.
- Click advance search under the entry field. (Skip this if you went the failed search route.)
- Holy search options Batman!
While the advance search still may not be perfect or work as well as Twitter’s big time competitors, it does help narrow the search from millions upon millions to a much smaller number. Now get out there and find some new Tweeps!