When you use the basic Twitter search field to search for a Twitter handle, a keyword, or a hashtag, if matches are found, Twitter displays what it deems to be the “Top” posts, by default. While these results will be accurate according to your search, you may be missing out on other tweets mentioning the search term you’re looking for.
To see all of the tweets that match your search query, click the small triangle icon to the right of the default “Top” link. You’ll be provided with three options: “Top,” “All,” and “With links.” Click the “All” link and you’ll see, well, all the tweets that match your search term. The “With links” option is equally self-explanatory. Compare the image above with the image below to see the difference between “Top” and “All” search results. Try using the hashtag “#socialmedia” as a search term and see for yourself!
Like most search based functions, Twitter keeps its algorithm a secret. Suffice it to say that if you want to be sure you’re getting the most accurate and complete search results using Twitter’s search tool, be sure to select the “All” option in your search results.
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