Whether or not you are signed up with Twitter (I’m not) you can’t ignore the fact that this is a major way that information is exchanged these days. So it is worthwhile to be aware that Twitter provides a search facility for all those tweets (around 500 million per day). The search facility is available whether you are signed up or not, so anyone can scour those short little bursts of information to see what is being said about the events of the day and any other topics that interest you. You may never intend to make a tweet yourself but you can take a selective look at what all those other people are going on about.
You don’t have to bother with the main Twitter page and can go straight to the search facility at this link. The search tool is quite powerful and can be used in a variety of ways to home in on your specific interests. As with any search tool, it is best to use some of the advanced search operators and syntax to filter search results. The figure below shows some examples of how to narrow searches to your specific interests. You can specify tweets from categories like particular users, hashtags, date ranges, location, and so on. There is also an advanced search page at this link.
And there you have it – how to find out what the world is saying about your favorite subjects.
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