How Boolean Search Improves Your Social Media Monitoring

social media how toDo you search for information on social media?

Did you know that Boolean search isn’t just for search engines?

Many of the main social networks accept some form of traditional Boolean search operators, as well as their own, to help users identify specific information about content, brand mentions, even other users.

In this article I’ll show you how to use Boolean search on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to get more detailed information from social media.

Why Use Boolean Search?

Boolean search can help you get a better idea of what’s being said about your products and services online, especially within a specific niche like an area or topic. The more specific a search is, the more accurate the information it reveals.

Let’s look at how Boolean search works on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

#1: Filter Twitter for Topical Tweets

Twitter has a robust search section that uses traditional Boolean search operators. This screenshot of Twitter Support shows a number of them.

twitter boolean search

Twitter allows you to use many Boolean search options.

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3 Tools to Store and Search Your Social Media Activity

social media toolsDo you struggle to find a useful link you shared on Twitter or Facebook?

When you spend a lot of time online, you’ll inevitably come across too many great things to keep track of.

Whether it’s handy infographics, informative articles or just a hilarious video, it can be a lot of work (and sometimes impossible) to find them again later.

If you’ve been in this situation before, looking for something you saw somewhere online, you’ll love these three tools. Each one offers a different take on collecting your personal information and content you share online into a searchable database.

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