Getting Tweets from a particular date. Twitter Search Tricks

When looking for Tweets on Twitter from a particular hashtag, there are a few tricks that will make the search much more interesting and accurate.

If we look for tweets of a hashtag by simple typing the hashtag on a search box, what we will get are tweets up to 7 days and a maximum of 50, 1500, 2000 or 4000 tweets depending on the tool we use to retrieve the tweets. For example, using Tweet Binder for the event #30C3, if we just type the hashtag this is what we will get:

Tweet Binder report on #30c3
The Twitter API reaches its limits and only serves up to 4000 tweets from 2 days.

But, what happened to the tweets on the 25th? or the rest of the tweets on the 26th? How can get get those tweets? Well, it is as simple as using the advanced twitter commands: SINCE or/and UNTIL. Let’s imagine we want to get tweets until the 25th. We will type this exact query: #30C3 UNTIL:2013-12-26 (very important: respect the format #hashtag UNTIL:YEAR-MONTH-DAY)

Using advanced Twitter Commands on Twitter Search
We will type #30C3 until:2013-12-26 on the Tweet Binde Search Box

And this is what we will get, tweets until the 26th (26th not included). Which means that we will be able to retrieve tweets sent by users being the 25th the last day of data collecting:

Tweets Filtered by days. Only tweets sent until the 26th
Tweets Filtered by days. Only tweets sent until the 26th

We can even combine both commands (UNTIL and SINCE) to get data from one day only. For example, let’s see what happens when we type #30C3 SINCE:2013-12-25 UNTIL:2013-12-26

Tweet Binder, data from 1 single day
When we type #30C3 SINCE:2013-12-25 UNTIL:2013-12-26 this is what we get.

So, if we want to get data from different days we will use UNTIL and SINCE:

  • UNTIL: to get tweets until one particular day. Ex: UNTIL:2013-12-26 to get tweets until the 26th (26th not included)
  • SINCE: to get tweets since one particular day. Ex: SINCE:2013-12-27 to get tweets since the 27th (27th included)

Actually, what we got involuntarily are all the tweets from the hashtag #30c3 because our first general search reached the limit of the Twitter API and couldn’t get older tweets, we stopped at the 26th of December. But by searching for tweets from a particular day, we were able to get tweets since the 21st. So now we have several reports with all the tweets, Tweet Binder offers a very cool service that let users merge those sessions into a “big one”, so you can have a session of thousands of tweets actually if you merge them. Like this:

Merge Session Tweet Bidner
Once you merge your single sessions, you get a great one.
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