How to search through someone’s tweets and find anything they’ve tweeted

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  • You can use Twitter’s advanced search tools to search through someone’s tweets.
  • Use this tool when you want to find what someone has tweeted about a specific topic, or to track down a specific tweet they made.
  • When searching, you can also set a date range and only get tweets sent on those dates.
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Twitter’s default search function can be great for seeing the general consensus on a topic, or finding an account. But it’s not so great when you’re trying to find a single tweet or thread.

That’s where advanced search comes in. Available on the Twitter website, advanced search lets you look for tweets that contain specific words, that were sent during specific dates, or that were written by specific users. That last feature is possibly the most important – it lets you search through a single user’s tweets to find any tweet they’ve sent.

Aside from letting you see if your favorite user has tweeted about a topic you’re interested in, disinformation experts also use this feature to debunk hoaxes. If you see a screenshot of something that a celebrity allegedly tweeted, for instance, you can use advanced search to see if it’s actually real.

Here’s how to search someone’s tweets for anything.

How to search through someone’s tweets

1. Head to the Twitter website and use the search bar in the top-right corner to search for anything.

2. At the top of the search results page, click the three dot icon (…) next to the search bar, and then Advanced search.

A Twitter search page for Business Insider, with the Advanced search option highlighted.
You’ll need to search for something (it can be anything) to get to the “Advanced search” tool.

3. A pop-up will appear with a variety of text boxes. Scroll down to Accounts and in the From these accounts field, type in the username of the person whose tweets you want to search. You’ll need to put in their exact @ name – you won’t get suggestions.

Twitter's advanced search tool, with the section for picking a user highlighted.
You might want to copy and paste in the user’s @ name.

4. Scroll back up to Words and specify what keywords or phrases you want to search that user’s tweets for. You can also use the None of these words field to exclude tweets that have those words.

5. If you’d like, scroll down to the Filters, Engagements, and Dates sections to make your search even more precise.

6. Click Search in the top-right.

Twitter's advanced search tool, with the "Search" option highlighted.
Once you’re ready, click “Search.”

You’ll be brought to a page with your search results. If you’d like to refine your search, just click the three dot icon and Advanced search again.

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