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With every search you can always utilize more advanced options, but many of these options can be used with a few simple shortcuts called "operators." Search operators allow you to use different characters to refine your search.

Some of these are similar to traditional search engine operators but many are unique to Twitter.

To search for an exact phrase, surround the words in quotes.

This will only return searches that include that exact phrase.

To search for tweets after a certain date type in your search followed by a space and the word "since" then type a colon and the date in the format of 4-digit year dash 2 digit month dash 2 digit day.

To search for tweets before a certain date swap the word "since" with "until".

Make sure you don't leave a space after the colon or the search will not work.

Another valuable shortcut is to search only for tweets that contain links.

To do this, type in your search then add a space and "Filter:links".

With Twitter operators you can easily refine your searches and make them more efficient.

SearchThe process of typing keywords relating to a topic into a search engine in order to find results.ShortcutA small, accessible file containing a quick path to software, program or an online destination.Search operatorModification text added before or after a search query that tells the search engine to perform an advanced function. Search engineA website that allows users to search for specific keywords and phrases and retrieves results ranked by relevancy; results may include multiple types of media, such as map locations, images and videos.TwitterA popular microblogging platform that lets users connect and share information with friends, celebrities, companies and more via short messages.TweetThe standard microblog post on Twitter, which is limited to 140 characters.Format1. File structure, compression or type (noun); 2. applying a style, color and/or type to content (verb); 2. the erasing, or purging, of a hard drive (verb).Twitter2115Use Advanced Search Shortcuts