3 Tools for Twitter People Search

Ann Smarty 06-06-2011

twitter people searchOver time we have shared quite a few Twitter search tips including this post on using real-time search to find a job 5 Twitter Job Services For Some Real-Time Job Search Twitter may not merit a serious look as a job hunting and recruitment tool. But that’s something a fresher or even an experienced professional will be ill advised to overlook. You can bet that when... Read More and this guide on using Twitter to find great links 10 Twitter Tips Most Pros Don't Even Know Learn how to master Twitter with these lesser-known but super useful Twitter tips and tricks. Read More .


Today’s post doesn’t tackle the “real-time” Twitter search – instead, it’s about search for people on Twitter by words they use in the “Bio” section.

The tools below can have various possible applications: for example, you can find representatives of a business you are planning to buy from or employees from a company you are interested in working for.

You can use any of the tools to ask for quotes, build new friendships 10 Twitter Tips Most Pros Don't Even Know Learn how to master Twitter with these lesser-known but super useful Twitter tips and tricks. Read More or create stats reports (for example, if you’re trying to analyze which brands are making the biggest inroads on Twitter). For more inspiration, I am offering examples of possible searches for each of the tools below:


Twiangulate (find our previous Twiangulate review here) is a very interesting tool in terms of its searching feature. While it has many other options, the “Bio search” hides behind the “Keyword” tab. Whatever you search, the tool will find the matches in user name, bio and city (there’s no way to filter results by bio matches exclusively, as far as I know).

What makes this search app that interesting? Well, as a search geek I couldn’t help appreciating some of its really nice functionality:


1) Meaningful results:

According to their FAQ, the tool aims at giving you meaningful results, i.e. the list of users that look like human beings and are worth following:

We want to focus on meaningful results. @BarackObama follows 740,646 people, and as far as we can tell, their names and distribution is pretty much random. Same for other tweeps who follow 10s or 100s of thousands of people.

2) Stemming support:

Whenever you search for “tech”, words with the same root will be included in search results: “technology”, “Techcrunch”, etc:


twitter people search

3) Support of “boolean” operators:

  • Include both of these words: search [word1 & word2]
  • Find at least one of these words: search [word1 OR word2]
  • Exclude words: search [word1 !word2]
  • Find the exact match: search [“word1 word2”]

4) Handy sorting options:

You can sort results by the number of followers or “followees” as well as by name and location.


Interesting search ideas to play with:

  • Find fellow club members: search [“club name”], e.g. [“Sierra Club”]
  • Find people who are interesting in technology near by: search [tech & city-name], e.g. [tech & boston]

twitter search


FollowerWonk (find our previous FollowerWonk review Twitter Analytics: Your Ultimate Guide to Stats and Tools Twitter analytics show you what's working and what's not -- and help you get more followers, likes, and retweets. Here are the stats and tools you need to know. Read More here) is another search tool that helps you find users by words mentioned in their bios. It allows to search by:

  • A keyword used in the bio;
  • User locations (yes, you can list many cities separated by comma).

The tool also has very strong advanced and boolean syntax support (including the 4 operators I have listed above for Twiangulate).


Interesting search idea to play with: Do you need some inspiration for writing your own Twitter bio? See what others do: search what people love or hate: [i (love|hate)]

twitter search


LocaFollow is advertised as a tool to find “Tweeps” nearby but its search capabilities do go beyond that. Using the app you can search by any of (or any imaginable combination of) the following criteria:

  • A word mentioned in a bio;
  • Location;
  • A word included in the username;
  • A word mentioned in his recent Tweets.

Interesting search idea to play with: Do you need a source or a person to interview? Search for people by profession who tweet about your topic, for example, journalists who live in New York and tweet about Technology:

Your search:

twitter search

The results:

twitter people search

Are you aware of any other cool tools to search Twitter users by their interests? Please share them in the comments!

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  1. Thank Your Followers
    June 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Thx4f is a new tool to thank your new followers publicly

  2. recholes
    June 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Ann Smarty. You are my hero. Great suggestions.

  3. Johnatl
    June 7, 2011 at 5:06 am

    interesting tools, a new Twitter streamin experience is @