Using Twitter search

Search for specific Tweets, users or ongoing conversations

There are many ways to use search on Twitter. You can find Tweets from yourself, friends, local businesses and everyone from well-known entertainers to global political leaders. By searching for topic keywords or hashtags, you can follow ongoing conversations about breaking news or personal interests.  

When you’re signed in to your account on the web, using search is slightly different than using it via the Twitter for iPhone or Android app. You can find instructions for both below.

Search from the web:

  1. Log in to your account on twitter.com.
  2. Enter your search query into the search box at the top of the page and hit the return key.
  3. Your results will show a combination of Tweets, photos, accounts, and more.
  4. Filter your results by clicking Top, Live, Accounts, Photos, or Videos (located at the top of your search results).
  5. Click More options to see the above filters as well as News. You can also choose to see results From everyone or From people you follow, and From everywhere or Near you.
  6. Pro tip: Embed your search by clicking More options and selecting Embed this search. Find more information in the developer documentation here.
  7. Learn more about using additional advanced search options to tailor your search results in this article.

Search from Twitter for iPhone or Android:

    1. Tap the magnifying glass icon.
    2. Enter your search into the search box and tap Search.
    3. Your results will show Everything, which is a combination of people, Tweets, News, and more.
    4. At the top of your search results, choose between Top Tweets or All Tweets. Read more about the difference between Top and All Tweets here.
    5. Tap the  icon (in the search bar of your app) to refine your results according to Everything, Photos, Videos, News and People.
    6. You can also search for content from All people or just People you follow, and refine to search Everywhere or Near you.
    7. Learn more about using additional advanced search options to tailor your search results in this article.

    Tips:

    • To search for Tweets mentioning a user, enter the user's username, preceded by the @ symbol, into the search box at the top of the page.
    • If you are looking for people or accounts to follow, click here for more information.
    • If you see a hashtag in someone's Tweet, clicking it will perform a search for Tweets containing that exact hashtag. Read more about hashtags in What are hashtags?
    • Click here to learn how to save your search.

      Having trouble?

      Visit our Search troubleshooting help section for more information.