Though Twitter was never meant to be a “search engine,” it is actually has a very good search function that can help you find your tweets and see who is Re-tweeting you.
Start by going to twitter.com. You can ignore the invitation to create a new twitter account, or log into your account.
Here is the tweet I am going to search for. There are three different ways I can look for this specific tweet.
1. Search for a #Hashtag
Many tweets include #hashtags. Hashtags are used to find information about topics, trending news, events, companies and anything else you can imagine.
Here is what happened when I searched for #SWEEPSTAKES. I got a list of tweets using the hashtag. There were hundreds of them with more being added every few minutes. Scrolling through the list to find MY tweet would be a daunting and time consuming task.
A #hashtag search would be great IF I were looking for loads of sweepstakes to enter but NOT for finding a specific tweet.
2. Search for a Unique Set of keywords
In the tweet I am looking for, there are several keyword combinations I can look for. The first is “Contest Guru’s.” I am pretty sure there will not be many people using that combination of words. The search string I can TRY is “Guide to Winning Contests.” This is not as unique as “Contest Guru” but might work.
When you click on the find button … you may get a short list of tweets. Be sure to click on “All” to get a full list.
As you can see, my search results returned not only the specific tweet I was looking for, but some other tweets that included the term “Contest Guru’s.”
You may have to try several different search terms to find your specific tweet.
3. Search for a specific URL
If you are looking for a “specific” tweet, the best method is to search for the URL used in the tweet. You MUST use the shortened URL, not the longer URL that you started out with. In my example tweet, the original link I was using is http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=digital-text&field-keywords=sweepstakes+and+contests,B00KQ3DTGI
Way too long for a tweet, so I shortened it to dld.bz/dsQed This shortened link is what I need to search for.
This time the results included ONLY the original tweet I wanted to find. As you can see the tweets show up on several accounts and if you were to scroll down, you would find a few ReTweets.
After you click on the Search symbol, click on More Options, and from the drop down menu choose Tweets, From everyone and From everywhere. This should give you the best results.
If you are using software such as HootSuite or SocialOomph you can use the same three types of searches from within your program.
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