Looking at old social media posts is an easy way to get a quick snapshot into what was going on in your life during a certain time period.
I’m personally a sucker for those “On this day” posts. While occasionally traumatic (thanks for the reminder of my mum’s funeral, Facebook!), by in large I like seeing pictures of vacations past, my dog when he was a puppy, and fun nights out with friends I don’t see nearly enough of anymore.
When it comes to Twitter, surfacing your older tweets can be a bit difficult.
Yes, you can scroll back through your timeline, but if you’ve used the service for more than a few years that could mean scrolling through hundreds if not thousands of tweets.
As The Next Web posted this week, Twitter’s Advanced Search tool is your friend in this case. With it, you can search your personal account by time period, or search for specific keywords tweeted by you or anyone else you choose.
For instance, if you want to figure out how many times your friend John has mentioned pie in tweets, this is the place.
To get started, log into your Twitter account and go here.
From there, enter the search terms you’d like. You can search for words, exact phrases, and hashtags by a specific time period. You can also look for just tweets by you, or search for tweets from other accounts or those that mention other accounts.
It’s all super easy and can make the process of finding that tweet (or tweets) you’re looking for go much faster.