Tweetdeck – Advanced Searches

Twitter is the first port of call for many Virtual Operation Support Team (VOST) members during any deployment and it is important you can make best use of all Twitters features. To achieve this we recommend using a tool like TweetDeck (free) or similar. TweetDeck offers a greater Twitter experience by letting you view multiple timelines in one easy interface. It includes a host of advanced features to help get the most of Twitter including managing multiple Twitter accounts, scheduling Tweets and building easy to follow filtered search columns.  In this article I will highlight some of the most useful features for VOST members.

Using TweetDeck

Search with Column Filters

TweetDecks most powerful feature is its search ability. You can search for specific terms, exclude terms from the results, search tweets from a geo-location and even search on sentiment.  You can then further filter the results by using column filters. TweetDeck’s column filters are a powerful way to customize searches by keyword, date and time, and to stay on top of new Tweets as columns quickly update.

Click the filter icon at the top of any column to access the options menu:

  • Content: Tweets matching keywords, media type, dates and time, language, or including or excluding Retweets
  • Location: Tweets geotagged in a specified locations
    • Date: Users can now also filter tweets by date (location search only).
  • Users: Tweets from a specific account, members of a list, or verified accounts
  • Engagement: Tweets with a minimum number of Retweets, likes, or replies

Search history

TweetDeck makes it easy for you to re-run searches that you have previously completed. Click on the search icon  located in the navigation bar and your previous searches will be displayed in a drop-down menu. You can always clear your previous searches by clicking on Clear history at the bottom on the drop-down menu.


The asterisk is also a powerful filtering tool in a TweetDeck search column. You can run searches using the keywords such as “Police Scotland is *”. This will yield Tweets containing text such as, “Police Scotland is seeking witnesses…” and “Police Scotland is tackling cybercrime” etc.

Advanced search

After you run a search, you will be given the option to customize your results even further. You can alter your search in several ways, including: “showing,” “matching,” “excluding,” “written in,” and “Retweets.” You will find these filters by opening the filter option at the top of the column.


  1. To search for Tweets mentioning “#DGCrime” that link to news stories, type the following in the search box: #DGCrime filter:news
  2. To exclude a search term, use a negative filter type (“-filter:type“) in your search query.
  3. To search for mentions of #DGWeather from verified accounts, excluding Retweets, type the following in the search box: #DGWeather filter:verified -filter:nativeretweets

More examples VOST members may find useful are outlined below:

Tweet info near:city Geotagged in this place
within:radius Within specific radius of the “near” operator, to apply a limit. Can use km or mi. e.g. “fire near:Newton Stewart within:10km”
since:yyyy-mm-dd On or after a specified date
until:yyyy-mm-dd On or before a specified date. Combine with the “since” operator for dates between.
filter:nativeretweets Retweets from users who have hit the retweet button.
filter:retweets Old style retweets (“RT”) + quoted tweets.
filter:replies Tweet is a reply to another Tweet.
min_retweets:5 A minimum number of Retweets
min_faves:10 A minimum number of Likes
min_replies:100 A minimum number of replies
source:client_name Sent from a specified client e.g. source:tweetdeck (common clients are: tweetdeck, twitter_for_iphone, twitter_for_android, web)
Media filter:media All media types.
filter:twimg Native Twitter images ( links)
filter:images All images.
filter:video All video types, including native Twitter video and external sources such as Youtube.
filter:vine Vines
filter:periscope Periscopes

TweetDeck now has Google’s Reverse Image Search built in – Check out our Users Guide

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