How To Search Twitter
Now that you’ve begun to tweet, it’s time to learn how to search Twitter to find others who share your interests. Twitter’s search function allows users to enter keywords or phrases and consequently generates tweets from users that include your keyword. Twitter offers a feature called Trending Topics that alerts users as to the most popular keywords being tweeted at that time.
To search Twitter, you will need:
- Internet access
- Visit the Twitter homepage. You do not need to have a Twitter account to search Twitter. On the home page, enter your keyword or phrase into the text field under “See what people are saying about…” Use quotation marks to search an exact key phrase. For example, if you want results for the Philadelphia Flyers, enter “Philadelphia Flyers,” and avoid generating results that feature the terms “Philadelphia” and “Flyers” separately. Click “Search.”
- Browse the real-time results. You must be logged in to follow any of the users whose tweets you find interesting. To log in from the search results page, click “Sign In” at the top right corner of the page. If you are not registered with Twitter, click “Sign Up Now.”
- Use filter:links to find tweets that link to a web site. For example, typing ‘“The Office” filter:links’ into the search field will generate tweets that mention “The Office” and have a link to a web site.
- Browse the Trending Topics. On the right of your page, a list of the most popular tweet topics appears. Click one of these topics to generate a full list of tweets that include these phrases.