Do you ever feel like you’re Tweeting to yourself? Does anyone answer your Tweets? Instead of just watching random messages go by at Twitter or wondering if anyone is hearing you, why not search for the conversations you’d most like to hear?
Just go to Twitter Search and type in what you want to know about right now. You’ll see the results of any Tweet that included the keywords you searched on plus how long ago each message was posted. Want some ideas on what to do with it?
Twitter Search Ideas:
- Search on your “location” and find others talking about where you are. (You can also locate Twitter users by location.)
- Maybe you want to do some “online shopping”? Type it in and ask others where they like to shop.
- Wish you knew of a good cause to support? Type in charity ideas to get personal recommendations. (Try “animal rescue”, “feed the hungry”, “clean water”, “charity” or “favorite charity”).
- Want the latest on a current news event direct from someone close to that location?
- Looking to find the perfect cufflinks, business card holders, engraved gifts or any other gift idea? Ask other Twitter users where they shop and why. (If I’m online and see your request I’d personally point you to the URLs I linked here.)
- Do you sell something? Do regular searches to see who is looking for what you offer. Answer their questions live. As long as you’re not a pushy salesperson they’ll probably appreciate the assistance.
- Have a particular area of expertise? Why not see who is searching for what you know and offer them links to the solutions they’re seeking. (Offer both yours and others.)
- Are you writing a new blog post and interested in more related links to add? Try searching on your latest topic to see what others have shared. You might find the perfect finishing touch for your post.
Put your search words in quotes to hone in on the best results. Use your imagination and try many different phrases. Remember what works for you and make it a regular activity. Oh, and remember to leave YOUR ideas on using Twitter Search in the comments – links are do follow and always welcome.
NEW: Check out a new semantic search for Twitter called TipTop to see the most relevant Tweets for any search.