Twitter allows you to run specific searches, that is, instead of entering a keyword, a hashtag, or a mention, on Twitter you can combine all three and even, as explained by the social network itself in its documentation, search for tweets associated with an account, that appear in a specific list, etc.
Below, you can see some of the filtering options available and which Twitter calls standard search operators.
The available operators are:
There is a set of additional parameters that allow better control of the search results.
- Language: the lang parameter restricts Tweets to the given language. For example, "obama lang:en".
- Result Type: just like twitter.com/search results, the result_type parameter selects whether the result set will be represented by recent or popular Tweets, or even a mix of both.
- Geolocalization: the search operator “near” isn’t available in the API, but there is a more precise way to restrict your query by a given location using the geocode parameter specified with the template “latitude,longitude,radius”, for example, “37.781157,-122.398720,1mi”. When conducting geo searches, the search API will first attempt to find Tweets that have lat/long within the queried geocode, and in case of not having success, it will attempt to find Tweets created by users whose profile location can be reverse geocoded into a lat/long within the queried geocode, meaning that is possible to receive Tweets which do not include lat/long information.
The best way to build a query and test if it’s valid and will return matched Tweets is to first try it at twitter.com/explore.
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