Twitter is about to introduce a much-anticipated Advanced Search feature on iOS/iPhone that uses filtering to find specific tweets and profiles. Users can filter content using date, retweet count, user, hashtags and more.
- Social media researcher Matt Navarra announced the arrival of Twitter’s sophisticated mobile search filters.
- Twitter Advanced Search applies not just to the user but also to other profiles.
- The long-awaited feature will be released on iOS first.
“Twitter Advanced Search feature on iOS is coming soon,” tweeted Matt Navarra on Thursday. “You can also use Twitter Advanced Search on iOS to search another user’s profile.”
Navarra’s post is accompanied by screengrabs and videos demonstrating how the feature will work. However, the date of release has not been confirmed yet.
CEO Elon Musk openly criticized the platform’s search feature within a week of his acquisition of the micro-blogging platform. “Fixing search is a high priority,” he posted on November 6, 2022.
“Search within Twitter reminds me of Infoseek in a98! That will also get a lot better pronto,” he continued. Twitter’s upcoming feature will help users who access Twitter from their mobile devices. It will rely on filtering to enable mobile users to find specific tweets.
Why is Twitter releasing the Advanced Search feature for mobile?
Twitter Advanced Search filter has been around for some time now. Some users would argue that it’s complicated, and the biggest drawback is its exclusive availability on the web version.
However, the tides are about to change, and reports suggest that an intern named George Hotz is the man behind the development. Some people might know him for developing iOS jailbreaks and reverse engineering the PlayStation 3.
Hotz previously founded driver assistance system startup Comma.ai, which aims to expand the technical capabilities of other vehicles to match Tesla’s Autopilot–like functionality. He interned for Twitter till December 2022.
What is Twitter’s Advanced Search feature?
The current Advanced Search tool on Twitter is accessible to web users who are looking for specific tweets. Tweets can be filtered on the microblogging site using various terms, factors, and filters.
Tweets can also be found through dates which is a much better alternative than scrolling through bookmarked tweets or using the simpler Search bar.
When the Search term is typed in, the user has to click the three-dot menu on the right side of the search bar to open the feature.
How to use Twitter Advanced Search
Instead of inserting a single keyword to search for tweets, the Advanced Search tool can be used to enhance the process by adding more keywords, removing words, or looking up account-based tweets.
Here are a few filters available on the Advanced Search tool:
- By hashtag
- By language (tweets written in a certain language)
- By replies to another Twitter account
- By mentioning other Twitter accounts
- By date
As of now, the Advanced Search tool can be used in two ways – through the Search bar on the Home page or a direct link to its webpage.
The Twitter search bar in the top right corner can be used to type in the search term and then on the right side of the screen, the user can select the Advanced search link to open the tool.
Similarly, users can directly open the Advanced Search tool’s webpage and fill out the search form with the desired information, including filters and dates, etc.
Once the form is filled and filters applied, users can select the Search button in the top right corner of the form.
Twitter Advanced Search FAQ
What is the difference between Normal Search and Advanced Search on Twitter?
The basic search tool on Twitter covers the site’s toolbar search field and search page for non-users or mobile app searches. They’re useful while doing a quick search for a word or phrase.
For specific results, an advanced search is recommended.
Can Twitter Advanced Search be used on a mobile device?
Although users of the Twitter mobile app can run a basic search for tweets, a web browser is required to use the Advanced Search tool on a mobile device. Users can access the feature through Twitter’s website on it.
Can you save searches made using the Advanced Search tool?
Yes, users can save up to 25 searches per account which in turn helps them to actively follow accounts that are sharing their content, mentioning them or their competitors and tweeting specific keywords targeted.