With over 321 million monthly active users, Twitter has become a large pool of data and getting your required information from such a vast source can be difficult and at often times, tricky. Twitter Advanced Search can be your option.
There is also an excellent Twitter archive search tool called TrackMyHashtag which allows you to get Twitter data related to any tweet, phrase or time period. I will explain how to use TrackMyHashtag in the later parts of this post.
I think we all have a basic understanding of how search works on Twitter. You input any word or phrase to be looked up and the search algorithm tries to match it up against the data such as tweets on Twitter’s servers and provide you with the results. Simple right?
So far the search function is doing its job and fulfilling your queries as per your expectations.
What if you wish to find a more specific set of information or a particular tweet?
What if you wish to find a tweet with the exact phrase, “Make America great again.”, posted between 17th July 2019 and 17th August 2019? This is where Twitter advanced archive search option comes to the rescue.
It allows you to set up specific search terms for specific time periods and with the option of setting user specific search metrics. Look at the image below to get a better understanding of the Twitter Advanced search option.
How to use the Twitter Advanced Search option?
Using Twitter’s Advanced search option is simple. These are the steps which you can refer to for performing any advanced search on Twitter.
- Log in to Twitter.
- Click on the search bar and enter your query.
- Once the search results are loaded on a new page, click on the ‘Advanced search’ button on the ‘search filters’ box at the upper right corner of the page.
- Once in the ‘Advanced Search’ option, you can set up preferences related to your search.
As you can see, the number of options which Twitter provides for performing custom archive searches is comprehensive.
Let’s understand all the options provided by the Twitter advanced search option.
- All of these words: Using this option will allow you to perform your Twitter archive search by including all the keywords which were entered by you. This option will show you all the tweets with the defined keywords.
- This exact phrase: This option returns only those search results or tweets which contain the ‘exact phrase’ mentioned by you. For example, ‘Cats and dogs’ search term will return only the results which contain the term ‘Cats and dogs’. Nothing more. Nothing less.
- Any of these words: This function returns all the results which contain any of the keywords mentioned by you. Suppose you have searched for ‘Cats’ and ‘dogs’. This option will return all the results or tweets which contain at least one of the search terms.
- None of these words: Using this option will allow you to exclude all the search results with your mentioned keywords excluded.
- These hashtags: Simply put, this option displays only those tweets which have the hashtag mentioned by you.
- Language: This archive search option enables you to filter tweets as per the selected language.
2: Account targeting preferences.
- From these accounts: This option enables you to specifically target your search to any account that sent out the required keyword. If you are eerily specific about the data source, you can specify the accounts on which you wish to perform the search.
- To these accounts: The ‘To these accounts’ option allows you to select the specific accounts on which the replies or mentions were sent.
- Mentioning these accounts: This option helps you in finding the accounts which were mentioned by your targeted account, hashtag or tweet.
3: Date Preferences.
Simply put, date preferences allow you to set the time period under which you want the search to be conducted. The ‘From’ tab lets you set the start of the time period and the ‘To’ tab lets you set the end of the time period.
Getting Twitter data for any time period using TrackMyHashtag
TrackMyHashtag is a Twitter hashtag and event tracking tool. It also provides historical Twitter data for any time period.
TrackMyHashtag follows a subscription based hashtag tracking model and their prices start from $19 a month for 2 trackers which is cheaper than most of the competition and provides all the relevant information of the targeted hashtag.
You can also submit custom Twitter data requests here.
Some of TrackMyHashtag’s key features are,
- Raw Data available to export in csv format
- Analytics dashboard loaded with lots of useful insights
- Complete User details
- Identify and track Influencers
- Top related media, hashtags, users and URL
- Most popular, retweeted, liked tweets
- Tweets timeline analytics and pattern
- Predictive analytics
- Top media and URL’s
Using Twitter’s advanced search feature can be really helpful in getting targeted Twitter data. Options such as Account specification, targeting preferences and date range all allow you to get your desired data easily.
For any other specific data requirement, you can give TrackMyHashtag a try!
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