Last week I wrote an article about the WWDC announcements and wanted to link back to some interesting articles I'd tweeted in regard to iPads in the classroom. Searching through old tweets (particularly when you are a frequent tweeter), however, can be a bit of a nightmare. Luckily there are some free sites that will handle this chore for you.
The site I used was Snapbird because it is super fast and super easy. Just fill in three fields: what kind of twitter item you are looking for (a timeline post, a direct message, etc.), who posted it, and keywords. Done.
Topsy Advanced Search
Topsy Advanced Search is also fast and easy, but with more specific search options. This could save you a lot of time if your search query returns a lot of results. My search was very simple, so Snapbird was all I needed. However, what if I wanted to do a search for my tweets about iPads, but I didn't want any of my video tweets to show up? I generally preface my video tweets with the word "video," so, using Topsy, I can elect to omit any results containing "video." This could also be useful for general Google searches, as you can use Topsy to search Google as well.
Of course, the Grand Poobah of search engines, Google, can accomplish this task for you as well. However, if you have particularly lazy fingers, this way might seem a little bit like work. Additionally, I'm not sure why, but this method flat out did not work for me. I did the same search for "iPad" that I did on the other sites, but nothing showed up on Google. I tried other keywords that worked fine, but all searches using the keyword iPad came up blank. But since this method of site-specific search works not only for Twitter, but for all sites, I suppose it's worth a mention.
Enter your query in this format:
site:twitter.com inurl:"username" keyword
So, for example, if I want to search my own Twitter for posts mentioning iPads, my query would look like this:
site:twitter.com inurl:"andrayajgeorge" iPad
Using Boolean operators (OR, AND, and NOT), Google site searches can become even more specific. As with Topsy, you can use Google search to omit results. All you need to do is add a minus sign (-) in front of the word you'd like to omit. Using the example above, if I wanted to search my Twitter feed for posts on iPads that didn't mention video, my search query would look like this:
site:twitter.com inurl:"andrayajgeorge" iPad-video
Are you using another Twitter search site with great success? We'd love to hear what you're using.
AJ teaches a live, 3-hour class that offers tips/tricks for improving the look and feel of your PowerPoint presentations: Slide Sprucing: Remodeling Lackluster PowerPoint Slides for eLearning and Presentations.