Source: This article was published entrepreneur.com By Neil Pate - Contributed by Member: David J. Redcliff

You probably use Google every day. But, are you using it right?

You may know how to use Google's basic search functions, but in this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Neil Patel wants to teach you some advanced tricks for market research. 

His first tip is to use an exclusion query. By excluding some criteria, you can find out which sites mention you or a keyword of your choice while filtering out unnecessary noise. For example, if you want to see which websites mention you, but have a bunch of mentions from sites or blogs you are associated with, you can use an exclusion query to find new potential partnerships.

Categorized in Market Research

The Twitter Archiver and Twitter Bots app fire each time a new tweet is found that match your search query. You can write simple search queries (like #Oscars) or more complex query (like obama min_retweets:10 filter:news) that uses one or more Twitter search operators.

Twitter SearchHow to Search Twitter Like a Pro

Here’s a complete list of Twitter search operators that can help you perform more accurate searches on Twitter:

from:BarackObama

All tweets sent by a particular Twitter user

filter:verified cool OR amazing

Only show tweets from verified Twitter accounts (with the blue tick)

gangnam style filter:replies

Only show tweets that are replies. You can use exclude:replies to remove @reply tweets from search results.

gangnam style filter:retweets

Only show tweets that are retweets. You can use exclude:retweets to remove RTs from search results.

to:BarackObama -filter:links

Tweets sent to @BarackObama but not containing any links

elections list:TIME/time-staff

Search for tweets from users who belong to a particular Twitter list

youtube.com min_faves:100

Tweets containing YouTube videos that are favorited by at least 100 users

iPhone near:NY within:10mi

Tweets sent by users within the 10 mile radius of New York containing iPhone

#foodrecipe lang:en

Tweets sent in particular language (en = English)

iPhone Reviews since:2016-04-01 until:2016-04-09

Tweets sent in a particular time range (may not work with Twitter APIs)

YouTube good OR amazing OR awesome filter:links

Tweets containing YouTube videos that are described as awesome or amazing

#Emmys filter:images

Show tweets for a particular hashtag but containing images

Barack Obama filter:news

Show only tweets that mention a keyword and contain links to news websites

from:john to:peter -RT

Tweets from user @John that @mention user @Peter but exclude Retweets

family games filter:safe

Filter tweets containing adult or potentially sensitive content

tornado filter:media

Show tornado tweets containing images or videos

music concert filter:native_video

Show tweets that contain native video (uploaded inside tweet)

twitter search tricks

How to Find the Most Popular Tweets

The engagement filter inside Tweetdeck surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.

Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about.

Go to the Twitter search box, type any search term and append the operator min_retweets:[number] or min_faves:[number] to filter your search results. For instance, here’s a sample search that will only show tweets pointing to the labnol.org domain that has been favorited or retweeted at least 5 times.

 Source: This article was published labnol.org By Amit Agarwal

Categorized in Social

Facebook is the largest and most popular social networking site on the Web today. Millions of people check into Facebook daily, which makes it a fantastically powerful tool for finding people you might have lost contact with: friends, family, high school chums, military buddies, etc. In this article, we are going to look at a few ways you can use Facebook to reconnect. Note: as technology moves forward very quickly, keep in mind that some of the methods listed here might become outdated; however, at the time of this writing, all of these were tested and found to work correctly.

Facebook Friends Page

Go to the find your friends on Facebook page. You have a number of options here: find people you know by email, find people you know by the last name, find people on your IM (instant messenger) list, browse for people alphabetically (this is somewhat tedious) or browse Facebook pages by name.

Piggyback on Your Friends' Friends

Use your Facebook friends as a resource. Click on their Friends and scroll through their list of friends. This is a great way to find someone in common that you might have forgotten about.

Facebook Suggestions

Use the Facebook Suggestions link (found to the right of your news stream) as a jumping off point. You will not only see potential friends and fan pages here but if you scroll down a little, you will also see an opportunity to search within your groups: college, high school, workplace, camps, etc.

By default, when you search for a topic on Facebook, the results you see will be from your list of contacts; your "circle of friends", so to speak. If you would like to expand that circle to include results from anyone who has chosen to make their Facebook information publicly accessible, simply click on "Posts By Everyone." This gives you the option to view information from people who are not included in your contact list.

Search Facebook Profiles

Facebook has a page designated especially for the networks that people choose to belong to. On this search page, you can search by name, email, school name and graduation year, and company. More »

Filter Your Facebook Results

Once you start typing something into the Facebook search bar, a feature called Facebook Typeahead kicks in, which returns the most relevant results from your immediate contacts.By default, when you search for someone on Facebook, you will get all the result on one page: people, pages, groups, events, networks, etc. You can filter these easily by using the search filters on the left-hand side of the search results page. Once you click on one of those filters, your search results will rearrange themselves into only results that coincide with that particular subject, making it easier for you to track down who you are looking for.

Search For Two Things at Once

Facebook (unfortunately) does not have much in the way of advanced search, but you can search for two things at once by using the pipe character (you can make this character by pressing shift backslash). For example, you could look for baseball and Billy Smith with this search: "baseball (pipe character) Billy Smith."

Find Classmates on Facebook

Search for former classmates on Facebook. You can either simply browse through a graduation year (this is a GREAT way to find people you have lost touch with), or you can type in a specific name to get more narrowed results.You'llo be given people from your alma mater if you include it in your own Facebook profile.

Find work colleagues on Facebook

If someone has ever been affiliated with a company (and has put this affiliation on their Facebook profile), you will be able to find it using the Facebook company search page.

Search for Facebook Networks

This Facebook search page is especially helpful. Use the drop down menu to search within your networks, or browse the left-hand side menu to filter your search results (recently updated, lists, possible connections, etc.).

Facebook's general search page searches ALL results; friends, groups, posts by friends, and Web results (powered by Bing). You are given the option to "like" pages and groups that you might be intereste

Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Wendy Boswell

Categorized in Search Engine

Search tips to help you search your PC faster and smarter with and without Cortana.

Do you feel you spend too much time searching for things on your PC and not enough time actually doing things? If so, this handful of tips can help you do more and search less.

Know your filters

When you use the search box in the taskbar -- either by typing in your search query or asking Cortana -- you can quickly get overwhelmed by the results, with hits appearing from your local files, the web and elsewhere. Windows 10 ($155.99 at Amazon.com) has search filters that can help you narrow the results. Have you noticed those icons at the top of the search panel? Those are your filters. You can also click the down-arrow button in the top-right corner to see all of the filters available to you.

search-filters
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

You don't need to wait until after you search for something, however, to filter the results. If you know where you want to look before you begin a search, you can type in a filter term right in the search box. Just enter a filter term -- Apps, Documents, Folders, Music, Photos, Settings, Videos and Web -- followed by a colon and then add your search terms.

Settings app vs. Control Panel

Windows 10 added a new and useful Settings app but the old Control Panel is still kicking around. It's a confusing arrangement and I still don't know which settings are in the Settings app and which are in the Control Panel. Thankfully, there is a way to search both. When you search using the search box in the taskbar, the results under Settings will have either a black-and-white icon next to them or a color icon.

Here is your key:

  • Black-and-white icon = a setting in the Settings app
  • Color icon = a setting in the Control Panel

The Settings app also shows results from the Control Panel (in addition to settings from within itself, of course) with the same colorful icons and will kick you over to the Control Panel when you click on such a search result.

settings-vs-control-panel
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Quick calculations

For a simple calculation, you can skip the step of searching for Windows 10's Calculator app and just enter an equation directly in the search box in the taskbar. Not only will you get your answer right then and there, but you'll also get an online calculator courtesy of Bing for further number crunching.

calculator
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Search from File Explorer

The Cortana-powered search box in the taskbar isn't the only search box in Windows 10. Just as I use Chrome or Edge to search the web, I use Windows Explorer to search my PC. If you are already in Windows Explorer, there's not need to jump out of that window to find a file -- just use the search box in the top-right corner. It will search for whichever directory you have selected in the left panel. Results may be a bit slow in returning when searching a large directory, but searching a specific folder in Windows Explorer is much faster.

Save your searches

If you find yourself performing the same searches week after week, you can save a search in Windows Explorer to make those subsequent searches easier. After entering your search terms in Windows Explorer's search box, click the Search tab from the ribbon that runs along the top of the window. Here, you can tweak your search parameters for date, file size and type, and so on. When you have your search parameters set just right, click Save search and give your search query a name. Your saved searches are saved in the Searches folder of your user folder by default, but you can save them to any folder you like.

Source: This article was published cnet.com By MATT ELLIOTT

Categorized in Search Engine

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