Twitter for Teacher Professional Development: A Guide to Advanced Search Tips

Twitter is the most popular microblogging platform among teachers. More and more teachers are drawing on its communicative and social networking powers to connect, share and grow professionally. In this way, Twitter incorporates many educational resources buried deep into its Twittersphere. In today‚Äôs post, I am sharing several practical search tips that will help you find resources easily and increase your PLN. More specifically, you’ll learn how to find tweets containing specific words, phrases, hashtags or mentions; How to find tweets sent or sent to a given user; How to access tweets that embed links in them, how to search for tweets shared over a specific period of time, and more.

To access these advanced search tips, open the Twitter search box and click the ‘More’ button then customize your search query to your liking.

A-word

Use it to search for tweets that contain (exclude) specific words. There are three ways you can do this:

1- All these words:

Search for tweets containing all words in the search query. Example: Adtech Tools receives tweets that contain both Adtech and Tools.

2-This is the exact sentence

This search hack is the same as the previous one but with the added feature that your search results will only return tweets containing the exact search phrase you used. Example: ‘Adtech Platform’ receives a tweet that contains the exact phrase ‘Adtech Platform’.

3- Any of these words

Example: Adtech Tools for Teacher Returns Tweets with any words like “adtech”, “tools” and “teacher”.

4- None of these words

With this search hack, you are excluding specific words from your search results. For example, ‘Educational Technology’ returns tweets that do not contain the words ‘Educational’ and ‘Technology’.

5- This hashtag

You search for tweets with specific hashtags. For example, ‘#edtech’ returns tweets with the hashtag #edtech.

6- Language

This allows you to find tweets written in a specific language.

B- Accounting

You can also search for tweets sent by or in response to a specific user. There are three options to use in this context:

1- From these accounts

Use this to search for tweets sent by a specific user. For example, ‘uceducatorstech’ returns tweets only from ‘uceducatorstech’.

2- To these accounts

With this feature you are looking for tweets sent in reply to a specific user. For example, ‘uceducatorstech’ returns tweets sent in response to responseeducatorstech.

3- Mentioning these accounts

This search tip enables you to find tweets referring to a specific account. For example, ‘uceducatorstech’ returns tweets that mention ‘uceducatorstech’.

C-filter

Use this section to filter your Twitter search by answers and links:

1- Answers

When you turn on this functionality, you have two options:

1.1- Include replies and original tweets

Check this option if you want to include both replies and original tweets in your Twitter search.

1.2- Show answers only

When you check this option, your search results will only contain tweet replies.

2- Links

When turned on, this functionality allows you to find tweets:

2.1- Include tweets with links

2.2- Show tweets with links only

D-Commitment

This functionality enables you to find tweets by engagement level. It offers three options:

1-Minimum answers

This allows you to specify the minimum number of replies that a tweet needs to be featured in your search results. Example: ‘100’ returns tweets with at least 100 replies.

2- Minimum likes

Example: ’20’ returns tweets with at least 20 likes.

C-Minimum retweet

Example: “0” returns tweets with at least Ret0 retweets.

E-dates

Search for shared tweets over a period of time.

Advanced Twitter search tips for teachers

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