Below are Twitter’s search operators. There doesn’t seem to be an actual page I can link to so instead I pinched them from the pop up window that appears when you click operators on Twitter’s dedicated search page (see picture above). Here’s the link for the Advanced Search where you can do even more (but you’ll need to be logged in). I haven’t tried all of them but the one at the end doesn’t seem to be working now.
Edit: Heh, note that WordPress dot com auto converts text smiley faces like : and ) into 🙂 so in the table below please remember that you’d need to write colons and brackets into your search terms. I’ve no idea if this even works though. I think some of these operators might be out of date.
|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 🙂
WordPress tends to convert the above smiley face to an emoji – it’s this without the space between : )
|containing “movie”, but not “scary”, and with a positive attitude.|
It’s this without the space between : (
|containing “flight” and with a negative attitude.|
|traffic ?||containing “traffic” and asking a question.|
|hilarious filter:links||containing “hilarious” and linking to URLs. [This will also bring up quoted tweets as the tweet itself constitutes a web address / URL / link]|
You can also use lang:fr to bring up French-language tweets, thanks to a commenter on a Lifehacker post that covers similar ground.
It’s possible Twitter will make me take this down cos I have totally stolen their content (literally in fact, when the popup appeared I used Ctrl+U on Firefox to bring up the ‘page’ sourcecode and then collected the HTML which I pasted into the draft of this post, above. Beyond me why they don’t make it more shareable. Mind you having seen their latest fiddling with replies…