Using Google to Find Twitter Tweeple

On May 13, 2009, in Twitter, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

I came across a neat tip on searching for specific folks to follow on Twitter. Now there are applications such as Nearby Tweets and GeoTweet but this seemed much more effective to me. It basically leverages the Google search engine to search Twitter profiles. This tip leverages the google site search.

Here’s how it works:

1.  Example:  Say I want to search for marketers in the NYC area. This is what I would copy into Google.com

site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * marketing” “location NYC”

This returned 8 pages of targeted results.

2.  Example: If I would like to find recruiters in the Austin area I could use this search

site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * recruiter” “location austin”

This returned 11 results.

From these examples, you can just play with the words behind bio and location to get different results. For example you could search for “PR” within “dallas”.

Hopefully you found this helpful enough to share with others.

– Back to makin’ bacon

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  • Brian Cahak

    Hey mike,

    Hope you’re doing well… This is some great info. We just started experimenting with twitter recently so I’ve been looking for some good tips! Keep in touch my friend…

  • Brian Cahak

    Hey mike,

    Hope you’re doing well… This is some great info. We just started experimenting with twitter recently so I’ve been looking for some good tips! Keep in touch my friend…

  • http://www.loadedbeachbum.com/ Eddie

    Thanks for the tip. This is powerful and easy, makes it simple to find people that share my interests.

    You rock.

    -Eddie
    .-= Eddie´s last blog ..2Plus7 Benefits Club Saves You Thousands =-.

  • http://www.loadedbeachbum.com Eddie

    Thanks for the tip. This is powerful and easy, makes it simple to find people that share my interests.

    You rock.

    -Eddie
    .-= Eddie´s last blog ..2Plus7 Benefits Club Saves You Thousands =-.

  • EJ

    Mike – how would we alter this to search for users with specific keywords in our niche on sites like wetpaint, vox.com or wikispaces.com? Does the intitle only work for twitter?

    Thanks.

  • EJ

    Mike – how would we alter this to search for users with specific keywords in our niche on sites like wetpaint, vox.com or wikispaces.com? Does the intitle only work for twitter?

    Thanks.

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com/ mikedmerrill

    EJ, thanks for stopping by the blog. Intitle is a search operator. See story here.

    http://www.googletutor.com/2006/08/20/using-the-intitle-operator-in-search/

    For what you are looking for, you really want to search the bio I would think right? That’s the only way you would probably find something like wetpaint, vox.com or wikispaces.com. The string might look something like this where I have left location blank.

    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * vox.com”

    That search returned 6 users on twitter

    Hope this helps

  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

    EJ, thanks for stopping by the blog. Intitle is a search operator. See story here.

    http://www.googletutor.com/2006/08/20/using-the-intitle-operator-in-search/

    For what you are looking for, you really want to search the bio I would think right? That’s the only way you would probably find something like wetpaint, vox.com or wikispaces.com. The string might look something like this where I have left location blank.

    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * vox.com”

    That search returned 6 users on twitter

    Hope this helps

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