Twitter isn't always the most intuitive of sites. This is particularly true of the search function, which often brings up so many tweets that extracting a specific piece of information can feel like Mission: Impossible. Anybody that spends serious amounts of time on Twitter soon learns that finding even the most basic stuff like who said what, when and where can be very frustrating indeed.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. Twitter comes with some extremely handy Twitter search operators that can extract a surprising amount of detail from the avalanche of tweets. Many of these are similar to the immensely popular Google search operators, but with the added bonus that you can limit searches to just what one friend is saying. This gives you the chance to keep track of conversations like never before.
Below are a number of Twitter FAQs and what you need to type into the search bar on Twitter or Twitter Search to get the right answer.
Question: How do I see tweets containing the exact phrase Manchester United?
Answer: "Manchester United"
Question: How do I see tweets containing the exact phrase Manchester United or Manchester City?
Answer: "Manchester United" OR "Manchester City"
Question: How do I see tweets about Manchester, but not containing the word United?
Answer: Manchester –United
Question: How do I see positive tweets about Manchester?
Answer: Manchester :)
Question: How do I see negative tweets about Manchester?
Answer: Manchester :(
Question: How do I see if theEword has been mentioned in a tweet?
Question: How do I see if theEword has sent a tweet?
Question: How do I see if theEword has been sent a reply?
Question: How do I see tweets originating in central Manchester?
Answer: near:Manchester within:5mi
Question: How do I see tweets with links?
Question: How do I see tweets with the hashtag #mancseo?
One final point. You can use as many Twitter Search Operators as you want in a single search. So if you want to see if theEword has sent a tweet about Manchester, but not United, with a positive attitude and links, you would need to type: from:theEword manchester -united :) filter:links. And no, we haven't.