Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts

Saturday 11 February 2012

Useful Twitter Search Tips and Tricks

Lately I've been using twitter a lot and since I love to dig inside stuffs, I thought to learn what features twitter search gives to its user and I found that twitter search is also powerful and supports some handy search operators similar to google(but less than that of google). Here I will list few of the search techniques that you can employ in twitter.

Twitter's search algorithm is pretty decent and it uses an algorithm that determines the quality of the Tweet by letting users interact with it the way they normally do. Anyway lets see few search techniques that will be useful while using twitter.

a) Exact phrase search: Wrapping your search text with double quotes(eg. "cricket nepal") will let you to search for exact phrase in twitter. Note that the exact phrase search also enlists the tweets with special characters such as #, :, etc.(eg. tweets with #cricket #nepal are also seen while searching as "cricket nepal").

b) Using OR operator: OR operator allows you to search for all the tweets containing either of the keywords. An example search would be like politics OR crime.

c) Exclude tweets with certain keywords: If you want to omit the tweets containing certain words, the minus sign can be used to exclude the tweets containing those keywords. For example, the search cricket -india will exclude the tweets containing the word india(Btw, no offense meant).

d) Tweets from specific user: To view the tweets sent by someone, you can simply use the from keyword. For example, from:techgaun would list all the tweets I've sent.

e) Tweets to specific user: You can also view the tweets sent to the specific user i.e. mentions by using the to keyword. For example, to:techgaun would list all the tweets mentioning me.

f) Location based search: Twitter allows you filter your search based on the location. The near keyword can be combined with your search query which can be used to search for results near us. Example searches are near:dhulikhel and resort near:dhulikhel

g) Location + Range search: We can also search twitter within specific distance from a specific location. The within keyword can be combined with the near keyword for this kind of search. Example search queries are near:kathmandu within:10km and near:kathmandu within:10mi

h) Date based search: We can use the twitter's date based search to narrow down our search. The two keywords since and until can be used for date based search in twitter. To search all the tweets about nepal after february 01, 2012 I would do nepal since:2012-02-01 and to search all the tweets about Nepal before 2012 January, I would do nepal until:2012-01-01. For some reason, the until search does not seem to work, at least for me however twitter help shows this keyword in the list.

i) Searching tweets containing URLs: So you might want to search for the useful URLs other people tweet on the twitter. Twitter allows to do such search by using filter keyword. For example, I could find links about web development by the search query web development filter:links.

j) Searching questions: You can use twitter search to find the tweets that are questions. THe ? keyword is used for this purpose. An example search query is social media ? which would result in the tweets containing questions related to social media.

You can combine one or other search techniques to narrow down your search. Also, the advanced twitter search is available HERE. I hope this information becomes useful for you. :)


Thursday 9 February 2012

Useful Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

Twitter allows number of keyboard shortcuts to be used and those shortcuts are quite handy while using twitter. Those shortcuts provide easy, fast and alternative way to do different things in twitter.

Note that these shortcuts work on website and will not work on other twitter clients(unless those clients have implemented keyboard shortcuts). I hope the keyboard shortcut lovers will definitely find this list useful. The image below lists all the possible shortcuts that can be used in twitter.


Tuesday 25 October 2011

Stay connected to social networks with Yoono

Yoono is an easy to use application that brings all major social networking sites under a single application. The best thing about Yoono is that it is available for all major platforms and operating systems.

It is available as Desktop app for windows, linux and MAC and also the portable version of the application is available. Moreover, it is available as Browser addon for Firefox and Google Chrome. And both the paid and free(with ads) versions of this app are available for iPhones. So the users can choose any version of Yoono according to their convinience and preferences.

Some of the features of Yoono are:

- Stay connected with major social networking sites Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, GoogleBuzz, Yammer, Friendfeed, MySpace and more...all in one place.

- Update your status and share links, images and video from the page you're viewing across all your networks simultaneously.

- Easily sync the status and update your status across all the sites at once.

The software is available for downloads at

Firefox users can download the addon from HERE as well.

Google chrome users can download the addon from HERE as well.