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Arnel Bagyaratnam

Jun 11, 2024 8 mins read
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Twitter, now X, allows you to search somebody’s tweets on the social media platform. However, if you use the basic search feature, it shows you all the posts. What if you’re looking for something specific? Well, one option is to visit the user’s profile and scroll through their timeline.

But, this will only show 3,200 posts, and it is time-consuming to go through all their tweets. There are easier ways to find what you’re looking for, and you can find these tips in this article. It also shows you how to use these techniques on different devices.

How To Use Twitter Advanced Search To Look for Somebody’s Tweets?

Twitter’s advanced search feature can help you look for somebody’s tweets on the social media platform. Before you look for a user’s posts, you should ensure the profile is public. In other words, anyone should be able to view their tweets, even if they don’t follow them. Nothing will appear in the platform’s search results if a user has a private profile. This is by design in order to protect the user’s privacy.

You can check whether the account is public or private by opening the user’s profile page in incognito mode. After you confirm it is public, follow the guide below to find their tweets:

  1. Open www.twitter.com on your browser. It can be a desktop or mobile browser.
  2. The search bar is on the top right if you’re on a desktop browser. For mobile browsers, tap the search button, which is a magnifying glass, on the bottom navigation bar. Enter anything in the search bar and look for it.
  3. There’s an overflow icon next to the search bar. It is three horizontal dots. Click this button and select Advanced Search.
  4. Scroll to the Accounts section. Enter the user’s Twitter handle in one of the text fields:
    1. From these accounts: This will show tweets from a specific profile.
    2. To these accounts: It will display replies that the user receives from other active users.
    3. Mentioning these accounts: You’ll see all posts that tag the user in their tweets.
  5. There’s a search button on top of the Advanced Search form. Click it to see the results.

You’ll now see all posts from a user in the search feed.

How To Search Somebody’s Tweets on X for Android and iOS?

Unfortunately, Twitter’s advanced search isn’t available on X for Android and iOS. However, it is available if you visit the social media platform on a mobile browser.

There’s another search feature available only on the official mobile app. Here’s how to search for somebody’s tweets on the platform:

  1. Open the user’s profile on the mobile app. Use the basic search feature and enter the person’s X handle or display name. 
  2. On the header image, there is the search icon. Tap this button to open the search utility.
  3. In this text field, you can enter keywords. The app will show you posts from the user’s profile that contain the keywords you provide.

Although advanced search isn’t available in the mobile app, you can get the same functionality with search operators. Given below are standard search parameters you can use to improve the search results:

  • since:yyyy-mm-dd — Shows tweets after this date.
  • until:yyyy-mm-dd — See posts until this date.
  • from:username — Posts from the X handle.
  • to:username — Tweets or replies to the X handle.
  • @username — Tweets mentioning the X handle.
  • X keyword OR y keyword — Show posts with x keyword, y keyword, or x and y keyword.
  • X keywordy keyword — View posts with the x keyword and remove tweets with the y keyword. 
  • X keyword y keyword — See tweets containing x and y keywords.
  • Url:keyword — Find tweets with the keyword in the URL.
  • #hashtag — View all posts that use the #hashtag.

Example: 

(to:SpaceX) (-elon musk) #mars

This shows tweets users send as replies to SpaceX. It will remove any post that contains the keywords’ Elon Musk.’ Also, the posts should have the hashtag ‘mars’ to appear in the search results.

How To Find Specific Posts When Searching Somebody’s Tweets?

If you only provide the user’s X handle, the search results will show all their posts. This is similar to the basic search utility. You need to provide additional information to improve the accuracy of the search results.

In the advanced search form, you’ll find the following sections:

  • Words: This allows you to look for tweets depending on the terms in the post. You can include keywords and ask the platform only to show posts with those terms. Or, it allows you to remove specific results if they contain certain keywords. 
  • There’s the option to include keywords and find tweets from another user in a specific language.
  • Filters: In this section, you decide what kind of posts you want to see. For example, do you only want to view user replies or their posts? Should the tweets in the Twitter search results contain links? Or do you want to hide them from the results page?
  • Engagement: As implied, you can search for tweets according to their level of engagement. Choose the minimum reposts, likes, and replies; the platform filters results below this threshold.
  • Dates: You set the date range, and the social media network only shows posts during this period. 

With these parameters, you can fine-tune the search results on Twitter to find the exact post you want.

For example, a screenshot of a fake tweet is circulating on the platform. The advanced search feature enables you to verify the post’s authenticity using the above parameters. Another use case is to find somebody’s first tweet.

Will the User Know When You Search for Their Tweets?

No, Twitter doesn’t notify users that you’re looking at their posts. However, you should know that if you see a person’s tweet, the post’s view count will go up. But, the user won’t know who is viewing their post.

Twitter or X Analytics also shows the number of impressions but won’t display the people’s names. The platform doesn’t provide this data to anybody.

Can You Find Someone’s Tweets With Only Their Phone Number?

You can’t look for someone’s tweets if you only have their phone number. However, you can use this data to find the person’s account on the platform. You need to sync your contacts list, and the platform will check if it can find these people on X.

You must sync your contact list while setting up your profile, which is only possible through the mobile app. If you skipped this step, here’s how you can still share this information with X or Twitter:

  1. In the quick navigation menu, click Settings and Support and open the Settings and Privacy page. You can see this menu on the mobile app by tapping your profile photo. 
  2. Open the Privacy and Safety page and go to Discoverability And Contacts.
  3. Under the Contacts tab, select Sync Address Book Contacts.
  4. The app asks you for your approval to see your contacts list from your smartphone. Provide access to sync this information with Twitter or X.

After you locate the user’s account, you can use the above guides to find tweets from their profile.

Improve Your Search Results on X With Advanced Search

Advanced search lets you find any user’s tweets on the platform. The various search parameters help look for specific posts. Remember, the more information you provide, the better the search results on X.

Like how you can search somebody’s tweets, other users can do the same for your posts. If there is something that didn’t age well, is sensitive, or contains personal information, people will find it. An easy way to ensure no one can view these posts is to delete them from the platform. TweetDelete makes this easy, thanks to its custom search filters. Find any post that can put your profile in a negative light and delete them instantly. You can remove hundreds or thousands of tweets quickly. As your profile also shows which posts you like, this tool can remove them. Protect your online privacy by using TweetDelete today!

Arnel Bagyaratnam

Arnel Bagyaratnam is an SEO writer for TweetDelete who is avidly interested in covering tech. Previously, he was a digital strategist for Holystoked, helping the company switch from an offline model to a hybrid store with a strong online presence. He also worked as a copywriter and SEO consultant for VERB Studio. An industrial engineering & management graduate, he spends his free time breaking and digging for music to dance to.

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