Remember when Twitter was the place where everyone shared everything of importance? Us too! Which means we can’t be the only ones who, at one time or another, have thought “I wish I could find that tweet I sent”. Luckily, there are plenty of great methods you can use to search your old tweets and in this guide, we’re going to show you how.
How to Search Your Old Tweets
To determine the best way to search your old tweets you first need to ask what information you have available. To see all of the tweets you have ever sent, you can look at your timeline and scroll back, or you can use the little search bar at the top of Twitter and search from:username.
This will show you a list of all the tweets you have ever sent from that username:
As you can see, this isn’t as useful as it could be. What would make it more useful is adding other parameters that will help narrow down your search. Some of the top options are:
Search your old tweets by keyword
If you roughly know the tweet you’re looking for, you can pull one or two keywords from that tweet and use it to search. For example if you want to find a tweet from your handle that contains the word “blogging” you could search from:username blogging (replacing “username” with your Twitter handle).
This will show you the tweets sent from your username that contain the word “blogging” in chronological order. You can try this combination with any keyword you like. Just remember that Twitter search looks for all of the keywords in your search (it isn’t selective and able to find the closest match like a search engine would). This means that if you search from:twilert article about blogging it will only look for tweets from @Twilert that contain the words “article” “about” and “blogging”.
If in doubt, pick one keyword to begin with and slowly build up to using more than one to check if you will still get results.
You can also use exactly the same process to search by username + hashtag. For example, say you wanted to find tweets you had sent from that time you went to an event you could search from:username #eventhashtag to narrow down your search.
Add another user
If you want to find a tweet you sent that mentioned another user, you can create the search from:username @handle
For example, by searching from:twilert @smexaminer we can see all of the tweets sent from our Twitter handle where we mentioned or replied to the user @smexaminer.
This is really useful if you want to find a customer service tweet, a complaint, or a conversation you had with another Twitter user.
Add a timeframe
Searching by user or keyword is probably the fastest way to hunt down a specific tweet, but sometimes you may not have that information available. If you want to search your old tweets from a specific time period, you can add a timeframe. By searching from:username since:yyyy-mm-dd until:yyyy-mm-dd you can find tweets from a specific timeframe. Just replace the “yyyy” with the year, the “mm” with the month and the “dd” with the date.
For example, searching from:Twilert since:2013-01-01 until:2014-01-01 we can see all of our tweets sent 2013-2014 (yes they’re pretty plain!).
If you want to find your first ever tweet, unfortunately Twitter seems to have discontinued its “first tweet” finder. However here’s 3 step a hack that can help:
1. Look on your Twitter bio to find out when you first joined Twitter
Where it says “Joined November 2008” we can find out the month Twilert joined Twitter, in this case, November 2008.
2. Search around this date
Now enter the same timeframe search we showed above but change the date to the month you joined, for example from:Twilert since:2008-11-01 until:2008-12-01 will show tweets sent from 1st November – 1st December.
3. Arrange by “latest”
Click “latest” and scroll to the very bottom to find the first ever tweet.
There you have it! Our very first tweet.
We hope this guide has been useful for helping you to dig deep into Twitter’s archive and find the important tweets from yester-year! If you need any help finding another tweet from your search history you can contact us here for help and advice!