5 Cool Twitter Search Tricks to Monitor What People Are Saying About You

Ann Smarty 17-09-2011

If you own a website or are just trying to earn money online as a freelancer, it is always good to know what people are saying about you over the Internet. People may be citing you, sharing experiences about your services or recommending you. In any case, you may want to be there to answer any questions, make contacts, and so on.


One of the best tools to listen to online conversations is Twitter and here are a few actionable suggestions.

How Do You Create Twitter Feeds?

Despite the fact that Twitter has weirdly removed the direct option to grab the RSS feed of any search, all the RSS links are still working.

To create an RSS feed, add your search query after this URL string:

For example:

Advertisement software”cool software” (for exact match)

There’s also a simple web-based app to generate Twitter search RSS links:

Here are a few useful tips we have previously covered on having fun with RSS feeds, which you are likely to find useful for using the search tricks listed in this article:

And now the actual tips on creating useful RSS feeds to track you and your business mentions on Twitter!


1. Reduce Any Clutter: Filter Out Retweets

While retweeting is great for expanding the reach of the update, retweets are actually one and the same message repeated again and again. Seeing multiple retweeted messages in your personal reputation management feed may result in one important update getting lost in the clutter.

Luckily Twitter search supports the – operator that lets you filter out all the updates containing a specific word from the search results:

[“You (brand) name” -rt]


twitter search

2. Monitor Only Real Opinions: Filter Out Links

Let’s face it: most Twitter updates are aimed to share a link. If you blog a lot, your name (or moniker) is mostly mentioned on Twitter next to the post you have written. But do you want to only monitor “real” conversations?


Here’s a good way: Twitter supports the filter:links operator that searches only for tweets containing links. If we use the above mentioned trick, we’ll make it work vice versa excluding all linked updates from search results.

[“You (brand) name” -filter:links]


twitter search

Similarly, you can also filter all updates referencing your Twitter username (you will be updated about these by Twitter itself via email or by your Twitter client):

[-from:username] – filters out all tweets coming from a user;

[-@username] – filters out all tweets referencing a user.


twitter search


3. Monitor Negative Mentions

This tip is especially useful for e-commerce site owners and geeky customer support managers. You can focus on negative mentions by including :( in the results.

[“You (brand) name” :(]


tweets about you

4. Monitor Questions Mentioning You Or Your Business

Another great tip for service owners: you can create a separate feed to monitor all questions about you or your business name.

[“Your (brand) name” ?] – make sure to use a space before the question mark.


twitter search tricks

5. Include Your Name & Your Moniker(s) In Search Results

Lastly, here’s the easiest tip: you are most likely to be known by several names online: your name, username, site name, etc. You can include all these mentions in search results using OR operator:

[“You business name” OR “Your name” OR “Your moniker]


Include all your brand mentions

Are you tracking your name mentions on Twitter! I hope I have inspired you to! Please let me know your thoughts!

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  1. Shawn
    May 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Any idea how to filter off any tweets by members of a list?

    This SUCCEEDS to find only tweets from members *on* a list (ie. those that mention 'boxers'):
    boxers list:drkdev/SILENCE

    but this FAILS to find all tweets mentioning boxes except those on the SILENCE list.
    boxers -list:drkdev/SILENCE

    So, how can we exclude tweets coming from all members on a list?
    Any ideas?

    -shawn from Switzerland

  2. Fernanda Figueiredo
    September 19, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I suspect this article is old... and re-edited! Twitter has cut its RSS option a long tme ago, how can it be??

    • Ann Smarty
      September 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      The post is updated now - sorry!

  3. Meagan
    September 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    What platform are you using for this? When I search in Twitter, there is no RSS option. I've been trying to set up an RSS in Google docs to collect Twitter search data, but have run into some roadblocks. What are you using here to make this work? 

    • Ann Smarty
      September 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

      Oh sorry! I'll ask the editors to update the post. In fact, the RSS feeds are still working despite the fact that they were removed from the interface itself.

      I was using the FireFox search plugin to access them and missed the fact that they had been removed from Twitter search itself.

      To create an RSS feed, add your search query after this URL string:

      There's also a simple web-based app to generate Twitter search RSS links:

  4. ????
    September 18, 2011 at 4:44 am