Top 3 Methods to Search Old Tweets on Twitter

Do you get nostalgic when you suddenly come across one of your old photos or old tweets? At least I do. Most of us are so busy in our lives that we don’t have much time to relive all the things we did in the past, and that includes all the tweets we posted on our Twitter account. Do you remember the first tweet you made? Or the tweet that got the most engagement? Well, that’s why you’re here. This guide has everything you need to know to find your old tweets without spending hours scrolling through your feed.

Search methods for old tweets on Twitter

This is the most common way to find old tweets on Twitter by date. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Twitter advanced search page- https://twitter.com/advanced-search. This will bring up a popup where you need to scroll down until you see the ‘Dates’ option at the bottom.

  1. Here you can add a specific date or a series of dates. Along with the date, you can also narrow your search results using other advanced search options such as:
  • Words used in tweets
  • Hashtags used in tweets
  • Tweets from other people’s accounts
  • The number of replies, likes, or retweets you received on that tweet
  1. If you are wondering how to find someone else’s old tweets, you should fill out the “Accounts” section of the advanced search. Enter the Twitter account of the person the tweet was sent from and also the account the tweet was mentioned in, including any accounts tagged in the tweet.
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Complete the advanced search account section

  1. Once you’ve entered all the information you have about the old tweet you’re looking for, click ‘Search’ and Twitter will show you all the related tweets.

For this method, you simply need to sign in to your Twitter account in the app, and then:

  1. Click the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the screen.
  • If you want to search Twitter by date, use this format: from: yyyy-mm-dd to yyyy-mm-dd
  • If you want to search for other people’s tweets, use this format: “from:” and the user’s username; no need to use “@” when searching.
  • If you’re looking for a specific tweet keyword, you can add it after the username in the search box.
  • To search for an old tweet using a hashtag, type “#” and the hashtag you’re looking for.
  • To search for a tweet by the user you mention, you’ll need to type “@” and the username that a particular user mentioned in a previous tweet.
  • You will also get various categories at the top such as Top, Latest, Video, News People, Photos, etc.; Click on the category to which you think the tweet you are looking for belongs.

Method 3 Request a file from Twitter

Another great idea for searching your tweets is to request an archive of your tweets from Twitter. Twitter may provide you with a complete archive of all the tweets you have sent from your Twitter account that you can view; just follow the instructions given:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ section of Twitter- https://twitter.com/settings/account
  2. Under ‘Your Account’ you will find an option that says ‘Download a file of your data’
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  1. You will then need to confirm your password to continue; press ‘Confirm’.

Confirm your password and press confirm

  1. Then click ‘Request File’ to request a ZIP file containing an archive of all the data.

Click on the application file

  1. That was all about how you can find old tweets from your Twitter account using this method. However, Twitter may take a few days to prepare your file, depending on the total number of tweets.
  2. You’ll be automatically notified when the file is ready to share, just go to https://twitter.com/settings/account and click ‘Download File’.

Abstract

If you want to read your old tweets, you can use Twitter’s advanced search method to find tweets from a specific date. For that you have several filters to select and narrow the results. It’s also easy to find other people’s old tweets, just use the Accounts section of the advanced search where you have to mention all the Twitter accounts that the tweet refers to.

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Source: HIS Education

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