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Searching on Twitter

Want to find out what people are saying about your business? This Friday's big movie release? The availability of the latest gadget at your local big-box store?

Now that you're feeling a little more comfortable with Twitter, you can start taking advantage of its powerful search capabilities. With unique features like hashtags and an interactive results page, searching on Twitter is a great way to find and follow even more content related to what interests you.

The search bar and results page

You can find anything on Twitter just by conducting a search. A search for the word basketball, for example, can take you to tweets about tonight's game, as well as people on Twitter who are involved in sports. All of this is possible because Twitter's powerful search tool queries the contents of every tweet and every account, then streams the results for you in real time.

By using strategies that are unique to Twitter, you can even make it part of your daily routine to search for the latest news near you, or to seek out the day's trends. Your search results will appear on the timeline. You can narrow your search results by selecting the different options in the left navigation pane: Tweets, People, Top images, and Top Videos.

A screenshot of TwitterViewing search results

If you're not getting the results you want, you can narrow your search using operators (such as quotes around the exact phrase you want to find). If you're unfamiliar with operators, Twitter's easy-to-use advanced search page can give you the same search options. Click the gear icon The advanced search options button below the search, then select Advanced search from the drop-down menu.

A screenshot of TwitterUsing the advanced search

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