Using Google Search to find interesting Twitter Users

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I recently wrote an article about using Google search results to find out who has made one of your tweets a favourite by a particular search string and things have developed from there.

Alexandre Gamela, writes on a Portuguese blog called Twitter Portugal and on an article today he has posted about using another search query in Google to produce results and could prove to be more effective in finding interesting people on twitter that you can connect with. Alexandres personal blog is in English and worth checking out.

Twitter Location search in Google

Open Google and in the search bar paste this query:

site:twitter.com/* location+**yourlocation**

In the string above replace the red text with the location where you want to locate people, say for example, your local town or area so the string would look like this:

site:twitter.com/* location+London

The results that come back are the listings Google has for twitter people who have added their profile location aas London hence the reference in the string to the word “location” plus “London”.

I have run a few tests to see how this breaks down and it works for street names as well.  Check this out.

site:twitter.com/* location+Wall Street

Using Twitter location search in Google:

Something I came across was also the use of locations that have two or more words as their name, like New York, that produced a different set of results on each search when the search is performed with and without a space between the words “New” and “York” like the examples below:

site:twitter.com/* location+New York

site:twitter.com/* location+NewYork

As you can see the results are quite different and Google does suggest that you try New York as the spelling when the second search is performed.  This now has me thinking about how these results are populated in order of rank as the New York Times has top position on the location search. Interesting maybe… Need to think about this a little more before I draw any conclusions.

Twitter Biography search in Google

Another variation on the search which could prove to be even more interesting is how to search peoples twitter biography profiles with Google. The search string works in the same manner as the one above but we replace the word location with Bio and the term with something related to the bio like so:

site:twitter.com/* bio+**information we wish to find in someones bio**

This means we can insert a keyword or phrase instead of the red text above to search through twitter users bios and hopefully find someone really interesting to connect with so it could be any of the searches below:

site:twitter.com/* bio+doctor

site:twitter.com/* bio+art museum

site:twitter.com/* bio+blogger

Quite honestly the possibilities are endless and one important point this illustrates is how you need to consider your bio in twitter as this search is used in various other formats and applications to produce results. Does your Bio reflect you accurately?  Maybe its time to revise it a little!

Let me know what type of searches you do and how the results work out for you!

**Update.

Variation on using Google search to find interesting twitter users

Alexandre just replied to a comment I left on his site directing me to another way of using the searches above to drill down and find really specific people you would love to meet on twitter by Mike Mirrell. The method he describes seem to have much more specific and targeted results than than above.

I have quoted Mikes post on Using Google to Twitter Tweeple as I reckon its only fair he gets recognition for posting this cool information. Thanks Mike really cool stuff.

Using Google to Find Twitter Tweeple

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

If anyone has any more ideas or experiences with this form of searching let us know in the comments below, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  Enjoy!

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  • http://twitter.com/pvaldois pvaldois

    Thanks Justin. Great post. This will help many users save time.

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    Thanks Justin. Great post. This will help many users save time.

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    Thanks Justin. Great post. This will help many users save time.

  • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

    **Small update.

    You can also search for peoples names on twitter with this string. Not sure if its much use except to see how many other people share your name or if your looking for someone in particular:

    site:twitter.com/* Name+*persons name*

    eg: site:twitter.com/* Name+justin parks

  • http://www.justinparks.com justinparks

    **Small update.

    You can also search for peoples names on twitter with this string. Not sure if its much use except to see how many other people share your name or if your looking for someone in particular:

    site:twitter.com/* Name+*persons name*

    eg: site:twitter.com/* Name+justin parks

  • http://twitter.com/virtuosoblogger Gautam Hans

    I like this post. Will help me a lot in following twitter users of my niche

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      Im glad you found it useful Gautam, I been using it myself to really drill down to people I find really interesting on twitter as well and am having some really fun and interesting conversations with new people. Great stuff and I hope it helps you in the same way.

  • http://twitter.com/virtuosoblogger Gautam Hans

    I like this post. Will help me a lot in following twitter users of my niche

  • http://www.justinparks.com justinparks

    Im glad you found it useful Gautam, I been using it myself to really drill down to people I find really interesting on twitter as well and am having some really fun and interesting conversations with new people. Great stuff and I hope it helps you in the same way.

  • Anonymous

    Justin – Aways super articles that teach how to use Twitter like an finely tuned communication tool. People sit up and take notice! It is fantastic the way you have all the retweets of your article listed below. Neat idea. Keep up the good community works!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Great post! Thanks for the tips :) I guess you’d be interested in reading the following article which I wrote to help tweeps (or tweeple as you call them) use Twitter better, avoid many mistakes I previously made as well as communicate better with their communities and followers.

    25 Hard Learnt Twitter Survival Lessons: Dos and Don’ts! http://cli.gs/eJen5A

    Enjoy :)

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    Justin – Aways super articles that teach how to use Twitter like an finely tuned communication tool. People sit up and take notice! It is fantastic the way you have all the retweets of your article listed below. Neat idea. Keep up the good community works!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Great post! Thanks for the tips :) I guess you'd be interested in reading the following article which I wrote to help tweeps (or tweeple as you call them) use Twitter better, avoid many mistakes I previously made as well as communicate better with their communities and followers.

    25 Hard Learnt Twitter Survival Lessons: Dos and Don’ts! http://cli.gs/eJen5A

    Enjoy :)

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  • http://www.mikemerrill.com Mike D. Merrill

    Justin, thanks for linking to my article.

    Mike D. Merrill
    Chief Bacon Maker and Marketing Strategist
    Bacon Marketing

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      No problems Mike, it was my pleasure.

  • http://twitter.com/mikedmerrill Mike D. Merrill

    Justin, thanks for linking to my article.

    Mike D. Merrill
    Chief Bacon Maker and Marketing Strategist
    Bacon Marketing

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    No problems Mike, it was my pleasure.

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    Hoooray unbelivable Justin ! great work. Never heard and even think of searching twitter related search in Google. Thanks for an eye opening post.

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    Hoooray unbelivable Justin ! great work. Never heard and even think of searching twitter related search in Google. Thanks for an eye opening post.

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    Thanks for this informative post. I find that using Google with smart queries can solve all our problems. I see many twitter web apps out there also using Google API to process and so why don’t we use it ourselves.

  • http://www.gigglecomputer.com phaoloo

    Thanks for this informative post. I find that using Google with smart queries can solve all our problems. I see many twitter web apps out there also using Google API to process and so why don't we use it ourselves.

  • http://www.gigglecomputer.com phaoloo

    Thanks for this informative post. I find that using Google with smart queries can solve all our problems. I see many twitter web apps out there also using Google API to process and so why don't we use it ourselves.

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    Hi Justin!

    It’s really so exciting feature you’ve explained here. Very flexible and very powerful thing to combine power of Google and flexibility of creative mind. Really greate post.

    Thank you!

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    Hi Justin!

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    Hi Justin!

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    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      Glad you found the method useful. its still valid but things like Google Real Time Search (http://www.google.com/realtime) and other search engines like http://topsy.com make it a little less unique. Still, the more tools you have in the box…

  • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

    Glad you found the method useful. its still valid but things like Google Real Time Search (http://www.google.com/realtime) and other search engines like http://topsy.com make it a little less unique. Still, the more tools you have in the box…

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  • http://socialmediamanagerinc.com David Mon

    Justin this is such a great article, I use it constantly as a refresher when I cant seem to find something. Its bookmarked!

    I also mess around with order and sometimes(not always) get different results. here is what I mean:
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * marketing” “location NYC”
    or
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “location NYC” “bio* * marketing”

    Thanks for the great post!
    Dave

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      Glad it came in useful David!

  • http://socialmediamanagerinc.com David Mon

    Justin this is such a great article, I use it constantly as a refresher when I cant seem to find something. Its bookmarked!

    I also mess around with order and sometimes(not always) get different results. here is what I mean:
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * marketing” “location NYC”
    or
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “location NYC” “bio* * marketing”

    Thanks for the great post!
    Dave

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      Glad it came in useful David!

  • http://socialmediamanagerinc.com David Mon

    Justin this is such a great article, I use it constantly as a refresher when I cant seem to find something. Its bookmarked!

    I also mess around with order and sometimes(not always) get different results. here is what I mean:
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “bio* * marketing” “location NYC”
    or
    site:twitter.com intitle:”on twitter” “location NYC” “bio* * marketing”

    Thanks for the great post!
    Dave

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