Some Twitter users on iOS are starting to access a feature that makes it easier to find a single user’s tweets. For those who have access, when you log into a user’s profile, you will see a search icon in the upper right corner of the screen on the user’s profile banner, next to the three-dot menu. Then, you can type in keywords to search for the user’s tweets. Twitter told TechCrunch that this feature is available to all global users on iOS and will continue to roll out slowly across the web and Android.
You could already do searches like this on Twitter – you just needed to know how to format and Advanced Search. So if you search for “from: @TechCrunch Twitter”, for example, you will be able to see all TechCrunch tweets containing the word “Twitter”, regardless of whether you have access to the new search function. Longtime Twitter Advanced Search You can access the feature by searching for something, then clicking the three-dot menu next to the web search bar. You can filter your searches by date, by amount of engagement, and more.
However, this easily accessible search button makes it easier to find tweets from a specific user, so using the same example, if you didn’t know how to do an advanced search, it would be much easier to use the search button to search for “Twitter” on the TechCrunch account, rather than scrolling through dozens of daily tweets to find what you’re looking for.
Of course, it’s possible that this feature can make it easier for people to track down old and annoying tweets from others. But, as always, it’s a great social media strategy to not tweet potentially harmful content in the first place (plus, delete old tweets).