How to Search Your Own Tweets in Your Twitter Feed

Quickly and easily find something you previously tweeted

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According to Internet Live Stats, 6,000 tweets are sent out on Twitter every second. If you're one to love tweeting as often as you can and have been using Twitter for a long time, chances are you've wanted to search through your own tweets to find something you previously tweeted.

Rather than scrolling back in time through your feed and skimming every tweet in the process to find that specific one you're looking for, you can just use Twitter's advanced search tool. This tool helps you easily search your own (or other users') tweets for specific content.

Follow the steps below to learn how to use Twitter's advanced search tool to search your own tweets in as little as a few seconds.

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Access Twitter's Advanced Search Tool

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Twitter has a basic search function at the top of virtually every Twitter web page or mobile app tab, but for more specific searches, you'll need to access Twitter's advanced search tool.

Navigate to twitter.com/search-advanced in a web browser. You'll see several different fields you can fill out to get more precise search results.

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Enter Your Own Twitter Handle in the 'From these Accounts' Field

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To search your own tweets, there are at least two fields you'll need to fill out. The first essential one is the From these accounts field listed under the People section.

In the From these accounts field, type out your own Twitter handle (username)—without the "@" symbol. This will ensure that all the search results you'll receive will only be from your own account.

Now, you should fill out at least one other field on the page to specify part of a tweet or tweets that you're looking for to drill down your results. If you just have a basic word or phrase to search, you can use the first All of these words field.

You can also search by:

  • An exact phrase
  • Any group of words
  • None of a group of specific words
  • Specific hashtags
  • Any language
  • Tweets to specific users
  • User mentions
  • Locations
  • Date or time period
  • Happy face signs :) or sad face signs :(
  • Question marks
  • Retweets included

You can use any of the search fields provided and maybe even play around with them to see the different results you get.

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Select 'Search' After Filling Out at Least One Other Field

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Once you have your Twitter handle (without the "@" symbol) in the From these accounts field and at least one other field filled out, you can hit the blue Search button at the bottom to see your results, which will be displayed directly on Twitter.

For example, let's say you want to search for any tweets about Facebook from the @Lifewire Twitter account. You would type "Lifewire" in the From these accounts field and the word "Facebook" in the All of these words field.

After selecting search, you'll see a regular search results page of all the tweets from @Lifewire containing the term "Facebook" listed in order of most recently tweeted. It's as simple as that!

Hint: You can also search tweets from multiple accounts. You can do that by typing multiple Twitter handles in the From these accounts field and separating each with a comma and space.

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Optional Alternative: Download Your Twitter Archive to Search Your Tweets

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Twitter's Advanced Search is the easiest and fastest way to search through your own tweets, or for any tweets at all for that matter, but if you want, you can get access to all the tweets you've ever tweeted by downloading your Twitter archive.

To do this, access your user settings by selecting your profile icon > Settings and privacy. Under the Account tab, scroll down to a button labeled Request your archive. When you select it, you'll receive an email informing you that your request was sent and your archive will be emailed to you when it's ready.

You might have to wait some time before you receive your archive, but when you do, it will be in the form of a ZIP file that you can download to your computer. From there, you should be able to access a list of all your tweets since day one in spreadsheet format, which you can use to search through as an alternative to using Twitter's advanced search page.