TODAY’S DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2015
TODAY’S TOPIC: Advanced TWITTER Search Tips
Q: What day is it?
A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. Great day for talking books. The people who write them, the people who read them, and everyone in between.
Book people sure love Twitter. So I’m giving away my best Twitter tips every Wednesday during the month of February leading up to my Hump Day Blog Hop – held the last Wednesday of every month.
Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s Harnessing the Power of Twitter’s Search Engine post to mine information about books. (You might want to read that post before reading this post.)
Today’s Twitter Tip #1 – Six Twitter Search Commands Every Tweep Should Know
Use quotes and certain words within the search field (found at the top right corner of your Twitter screen) to narrow your search.
- If you type “womens fiction” in the search field, you’ll see tweets with that exact phrase. (called the exact match command)
- If you type “fiction” or “writer” in the search field, you’ll see tweets with any of those words. (called the either/or command)
- If you type “womens” and “fiction” and “author” in the search field, you’ll see tweets containing all those words in any position within the tweet.
- If you type “fiction” but not “erotica” in the search field, you’ll see tweets that exclude specific words.
- If you type books -erotica in the search field, you’ll see tweets containing one word (books) but not the other word (erotica). (called the not/minus/avoid command and is created by placing the hyphen/minus sign next to a word)
- If you type #chicklit in the search field, you’ll see tweets containing that hashtag.
Today’s Twitter Tip #2 – Three Search Commands that Target a Specific Twitter User
In last week’s Harnessing the Power of Twitter post, I showed you how to access the Advanced Search page on Twitter. Once there, you’ll see under the heading People the following three entry fields:
From these accounts
To these accounts
Mentioning these accounts
- If you type @Julie_Valerie in the search field next to ‘From these accounts,’ you’ll see tweets from that specific Twitter account.
- If you type @Julie_Valerie in the search field next to ‘To these accounts’ you’ll see tweets sent as replies to that specific account.
- If you type @Julie_Valerie in the search field next to ‘Mentioning these accounts’, you’ll see tweets that mention this specific account.
THINK ABOUT IT: If you’re wanting to use Twitter to connect with influential people and folks who produce great content – you might want to get a little stealth and conduct a few targeted searches. What if you’re wanting to know “the who” and “the what” the authors, agents and/or book bloggers are talking about? The above search commands allow you to access the content, links and people a particular Twitter account is connected with. Very useful when understanding who is running in what circles and what is happening within those circles.
Today’s Twitter Tip #3 – Six Filter Commands that Really “Drill Down” the Search
The following filter commands, when used in the search string, will make your searching more efficient and produce greater results.
1. Using filter:links [insert your keyword here] in the search field on the top right corner of your screen, you can filter your search so that only tweets with that keyword and with links in them will show.
Here’s what my search revealed when I typed: filter:links chapter excerpt into the search field.
2. Is your search time sensitive? Then search using ‘since’ and ‘until’ filters. For example, since:2015-01-15 [insert your keyword here] searches tweets posted since January 15, 2015.
3. Likewise, until:2015-01-15 [insert your keyword here] searches tweets posted until January 15, 2015.
Here’s what my search revealed when I typed: since:2015-01-15 book release into the search field.
4. Need to search tweets from a certain location? A lot of tweets have location stamps attached to them. Use near:[insert your location here] to find out what’s happening anywhere on the globe.
5. If I just type near:London into the search field, I’ll get all sorts of tweets with a location stamp of London. Let’s try something different. Here’s what my search revealed when I typed: near:London and books into the search field.
6. If you really want to get specific with your location – go “hyperlocal” by taking your near:[insert your location here] and adding within:[insert your distance here]. For example, near:London within:5km.
I think this search tip is especially useful when traveling on book events. I know I plan to use my Twitter ninja searching skills when I’m in New York this May for BookExpo America.
THINK ABOUT IT: Rather than my reading through endless tweets from the people I follow hoping to find something useful about BookExpo in New York happening at that moment – I can harness the power of Twitter’s search engine using these advanced twitter searches. Last year, when I attended the event, I searched using the #BEA hashtag. But lots of important tweets are sent without the hashtag in them. And a search of tweets from people who are actually attending the event, at that geographic location, at that precise moment, is a better use of my precious time. Because me? Why, I’m a Twitter ninja, of course. Woo-Hoo!
Okay, so I know there isn’t a book industry event happening in London right now, but let’s see what would happen if I typed a general word like books before my hyperlocal search.
Here’s what my search revealed when I typed: books near:London within:5km into the search field.
How nifty are these Twitter search tips? Super nifty! Want to see more? Tune in next week because I’m talking Twitter every Wednesday (a.k.a. Hump Day!) during the month of February.
15 Advanced Twitter Search Tips http://t.co/q0aA02E8VS
— Writer Julie Valerie (@Julie_Valerie) February 11, 2015
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*** UPDATE (information below was added after the above article published) ***
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