This article will show you how to search Twitter by location. Twitter is where a few of the biggest influencers from around the world share their mind. From these gazillion messages from across the world, how would you find tweets from a specific location?
Before diving in, you should know how to set up an account as well as how to enable your location. Then, we’ll show you how to use both normal and advanced searches, on both desktop/mobiles.
Create an Account, then Enable Location
You can use Twitter without an account, which extends to search as well as advanced search. However, searching by location is better if you have an account and if your location information is enabled.
How can you enable Location on your smartphone?
- Launch the app.
- Tap on your profile picture
- Scroll down, then tap on Settings and privacy at the bottom.
- Scroll down to the Data sharing and off-Twitter activity section, then select Location information.
- Tap on Precise location, then toggle the next window to turn it green.
How can you enable Location on desktop devices?
- Log on to Twitter on a laptop/computer.
- Click on More, it’s on the left of the Home page.
- Now, click on Settings and privacy, then click on Privacy and safety.
- Scroll down to Data sharing and off-Twitter activity, then select Location information.
- Click on Add location information to tweets, then check the box, this will turn the location on.
How can you Search Tweets from People Near You?
The easiest place-based search is to find tweets posted by people near your location. For this feature, you don’t need to enable location, Twitter will use your device’s IP address to figure out where you are currently.
How can you search Twitter for tweets close to you on your smartphone?
- Launch the Twitter app.
- Tap on the magnifying glass icon
- Enter your query in the search bar.
- Tap on the settings icon, this will be to the right of the search bar.
- Under Location, tap on near you.
- A pop-up window will appear asking if you want Twitter to use your precise location. Tap on Next if you are okay with allowing Twitter to use your exact location.
How can you search Twitter for tweets close to you on your Desktop?
- Visit twitter.com.
- In the Search, bar enters what you want to search, then tap the Enter key.
- Make your way to search filters, then check the circle on the right of Near you, under Location.
- That’s all. Twitter will now show you search results from tweets sent from locations nearby you.
- Tweets can be sorted based on the top, latest, famous people, as well as tweets containing photos/videos.
- You can apply multiple filters, for example, only showing tweets from people you follow. OR. The language the tweets are in.
How can you Search Twitter by Any Location?
- This is how you can use it to find tweets or people from a certain location:
- Click on advanced search under Search filters.
- Enter the words you want to search in the field boxes under Words, People, and Dates.
- After you’re finished, click on Search.
- Use Twitter Search Operators for More Accuracy
- Twitter provides a few search operators which help make it better.
- For location-based searches, you have to have an idea about the two operators near: and within:
- The near: is followed by the name of the location. Which could be an area, city, state, country, postal code, or geocode. The most accurate is geocode.
A geocode is a location’s GPS coordinates. You will be able to gather the latitude as well as the longitude coordinates of any place via a quick Google search. OR. You can also track the place on Google Maps.
The within: is followed by distance. By default, Twitter uses 15 miles, however, if you want to reduce or expand that, you can add that in miles.
Both the search operators near: and within: are used in the regular search. Hence, this works both on Twitter’s mobile and desktop apps.
Refrain from Using Third-Party Twitter Apps
By using the tricks mentioned above, you should be able to get tweets from any location you want. It’s best if you use these on the official Twitter app/website. While there are a few apps you can use for deep searches, and new ones keep surfacing here and there, we don’t recommend using any third-party apps.
Twitter has a history of crippling third-party apps. Advanced search is missing on all the third-party apps. Stick to the official app, use the tricks we’ve mentioned above. If you liked this article (or if it helped at all), leave a comment below or share it with friends, so they can also know How to Search Twitter by Location?