36 Twitter Resources: Advanced Twitter Search for Business

Whether you decide to engage in social networking as a marketing strategy or not, Twitter has become a powerful tool to search and monitor your brand, your competitors, and for lead generation.  Beyond the basic search on the Twitter home page you can use advanced search techniques to produce targeted information not easily found in a normal Google search.

Want to know who’s talking about buying a new TV in Seattle?  How about people discussing the terrible customer service they received from one of your competitors?  Are you a journalist that needs case studies to report on?  Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you can find the answer in real time and target that information for whatever area  you like.

Below I’ve put together some of the best resources on using Twitter as a powerful tool to build and monitor your business:

Twitter Tools To Have On Hand

  • 1. Mozilla Firefox Plugin for Twitter
  • 2. Greasemonkey Script for Twitter Search in Sidebar
  • 3. Twitter Search Operators

Articles for Improving Twitter Search Skills

  • 4. 7 “Secret” Ways to Use Twitter Search – Twitip
  • 5. HOW TO: Use Twitter’s Advanced Search Features – Mashable
  • 6. Using Twitter Search for Business – Chris Brogan
  • 7. 15 Fascinating Ways to Track Twitter Trends – Mashable
  • 8. Generating Quality Marketing Leads With Google Alerts and Twitter – Adam Green, “Mr. Google Alerts”
  • 9. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your Business – Copyblogger
  • 10. Using Twitter Search to Boost Local Business – Mediafunnel
  • 11. Twitter Tips: How to Search Twitter Smarter – CIO.com
  • 12. Take Advantage of Twitter Search Operators – Web Worker Daily
  • 13. It’s Time to Start Thinking of Twitter as a Search Engine – TechCrunch
  • 14. How To Use Twitter for Customer Service - Sitepoint

Twitter Research and Monitoring Tools

  • 15. TwitterGradr – Hubspot’s tool for finding “elite” Tweeters based on location and influence.
  • 16. Monitter – Lets you “monitter” the Twitter world for a set of keywords and watch what people are saying in a grid layout.
  • 17. TweetStats – Graphs out Twitter habits based on how often, what time of day, and @ replies for you or any user.
  • 18. TweetBeep – Great for online reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions, finding job/networking opportunities.
  • 19. Twitscoop – Full feature Twitter web client with search, trends, and real time buzz.
  • 2. What The Hashtag -The user-editable encyclopedia for hashtags found on Twitter, allows print outs of hashtag transcriptions, Greasemonkey script adds, and Firefox add on.  Track popular and trending hashtags.
  • 21. Hashtag.org – Tracks the frequency that a hashtag is used on Twitter and provides details about the hashtag

Twitter Directories

  • 22. WeFollow
  • 23. Twellow
  • 24. TwitterCounter
  • 25. TwitterHolic
  • 26. Twibs – Directory of businesses on Twitter
  • 27. Just Tweet It
  • 28. Tracking Twitter – A real-time listing of the top media, entertainment, and consumer product feeds on Twitter.

Geolocation Twitter Tools

  • 29. GeoFollow – Large location based Twitter Directory, find and follow by city, state, zip or tags.
  • 30. Trendsmap – Real-time mapping of Twitter trends across the world.
  • 31. LocaFollow – Search by location & follow (allows bulk follow) LocaFollowis powered by Google so  results are shown in the same order that Google shows it. Those Twitter pages that are better SEO optimized will appear on the top.
  • 32. TPS – the Tweet Positioning System, is a geo-location filter for conversations and mentions on Twitter.
  • 33. GeoTwitTrends – Shows real-time trending topics happening in specific places.
  • 34. GeoChirp – Set the location and then search for tweets based on keywords.  All results from that location would be displayed.
  • 35. Twittori – Allows you to follow places in a similar way than you are used to following users on Twitter as well as attach your tweets to a specific location.
  • 36. TweetMondo - Shows Twitter users that have either registered in Tweetmondo.com or were crawled by their crawler and filtered by location.

Twitter’s advanced search is a business owner’s best friend if you just take the time to use it.  Be sure to bookmark this post for future reference to come back to!

What did I miss?  Do you have a Twitter search tip or resource to add to the list?  Share below in the comments.

To Your Success,

Comments

  1. Nehal Kazim says

    Depending on your market, some tools will be relevant while others worthless. With location-based applications gaining momentum and attracting more people to share where they go and how often they go is a huge advantage to us as entrepreneurs and marketers.

    Sometimes we get so carried away with the new shiny thing that we overlook the basics. I will be doing that asap!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Christopher Uschan says

    This is an amazing list. I'm always amazed that people don't think of Twitter as a research tool. I was once on a Flight coming back from Atlanta and the lady next to me was a nurse recruiter. We got on the subject of Twitter and she said she uses it all the time, but never Tweets. She simply does market research and found Twitter to be a great resource for her. Point is, Twitter isn't just about pushing out Tweets.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Coree says

    Yeah, you're absolutely right, Nehal. This is a big list that will work for all types of research, from large businesses to the solopreneur. The basic research is here and available with a little practice and a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, the possibilities are huge.

    Thanks for coming by…hope to see lots more of you in the future! :)

  4. Coree says

    Thanks Christopher! We've had this wonderful toy that we've played with, talked to friends with, and maybe even done some business with. But, with an understanding of Twitter's advanced search, what we have been doing compared to what we COULD be doing will blow us away!

    Imagine if you're one of the first ones to really master this like a pro….

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