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Combined Searches: Powerful Data in TweetDeck

As a data processor I just had to switch to TweetDeck. The built-in Twitscoop view is a constant finger on the pulse of the community’s conversation; I “see” a lot of news and events approaching this way before they hit the news.

Another great feature is built-in persistent searches. You can add searches the Tweets of which will appear in their own column.

A “drawback” — one is never satisfied — is that TweetDeck enforces a 10 column maximum. You’ll quickly run out of columns to add, having to delete a previous search to start to monitor a new topic.

Bundle Searches

Searches in TweetDeck are powered by search.twitter.com (the previous Summize).

The default operator applied is AND: evernote chrome.

tweetdeck search twitter and operator

But Twitter search recognizes the OR operator: economy OR coffee.

tweetdeck search twitter or operator

This gives you the ability to combine or collapse a number of searches into one and the same column, giving you “virtual unlimited columns” in TweetDeck.

Good candidates are searches which during most 48 hour periods, the timeframe TweetDeck considers, produce limited results. For example, I combine the streams for knowledge management and mindmapping.

Topics can be more thoroughly covered this way as well. Hot is The Economy at the moment but simply searching economy gives you a restricted view. economy OR recession OR “wall street” OR “credit crunch” is much wider, covers more ground.

15 Responses to “Combined Searches: Powerful Data in TweetDeck”

  1. Sky Says:

    Was hoping you could help me out. How do I delete searches from tweetdeck? I’m getting numerous notifications every minute or so. Thanks in advance

  2. Ruud Says:

    Top-right of each column is an X mark. Click it to delete the search.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Oh, that’s a scroll bar along the bottom! DUH! TY Ruud, I can’t believe I didn’t figure that out. Hopefully it helps a ton of people.

  4. GSDispatch Says:

    hi. how do i search within tweetdeck for posts near a zip code and within a certain mile range? like you can with advanced twitter search?

  5. Ruud Says:

    TweetDeck uses Twitter’s own search: any search there can be set as a saved search in TweetDeck. So just copy whatever you put in the searchbox there and add it to TweetDeck.

  6. CyberHippo Says:

    TweetDeck does not seem to work with the “near:” search command.

    I tried “near:78701″ and got blank results.

  7. Greg Says:

    Ruud.. thanks for the post. It seems that AND and OR work but other operators such as near or within will work in twitter search but don’t work in tweetdeck. Am I wrong?

  8. dan barker Says:

    “any search there can be set as a saved search in TweetDeck”

    hiya, Ruud, how are you? I’ve been trying to do this & can’t get it to work when there is a ‘location’ in my twitter search.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    dan

  9. Ruud Says:

    I haven’t tested those location operators but yield to your experiences that at the moment they don’t work in TweetDeck

  10. ChuckA Says:

    Speaking of combined searches in TweetDeck: I put in a search like: #hashtag OR @TwitterHandle.
    I want the search to get any tweets that have the Hashtag specified, OR Mention the @TwitterHandle OR are posted by the @TwitterHandle person.
    that last part seems to be the problem.
    what I want is a Combined search that shows posts mentioning a text string PLUS Follow everything from a specific user. Can you do that in Tweetdeck?

  11. Ruud Says:

    Not as far as I know, Chuck

  12. james Says:

    Yeah, I need that combined search feature as well. I can’t believe it doesn’t exist. I want to be able to create a group of people I am following, say, tweeps I know live in my area AND integrate a search into that group of tweets that have a certain work or hashtag, such as “sf”

    this is a necessary upgrade!

  13. Mehul Kar Says:

    i wish i could combine feeds based across networks. for example, my ALL FRIENDS list from linkedin and twitter together would save me a column.

    multiple tabs for organization would also be awesome!

  14. Matthew Slight Says:

    To search ‘near’ a location in TweetDeck use the following ” geocode:,,” eg for Pancakes in 25 Mile Radius of London UK: “pancakes geocode:51,0,25mi”

  15. Shaune Says:

    I’ve had mixed results with the geocode location search operator. When I use the geocode I get a whole bunch from the other side of the world listed as “home sweet home”.

    From all my searching I cannot seem to figure out how “home sweet home” even gets put on the profile as a location.

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