Facebook has a feature that allows you to search through status messages that your friends have posted, but Twitter doesn't currently have that feature.

Is it possible via the official Twitter webapp or are there alternative web applications that would do this?

  • webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/9/…
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 21:30
  • Related, but not quite the same. I'm looking for something that can search through my entire timeline at once.
    – 146
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 21:34
  • I find it baffling to think that I can do this from within the official Twitter iPhone app, but not within Twitter's official web interface.
    – matt b
    Commented Mar 10, 2011 at 1:44

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SnapBird will do this once you've authenticated with it

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Currently for the browser version you need to add &pf=on (People you Follow) to the search string. E.g. searching 'something':


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    This is the one that works :)
    – Brett
    Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 16:06
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    On Twitter web for desktop, there is now also a radio button on the righthand sidebar. On the Twitter app you need to tap the button with the sliders to the right of the search field. But for direct linking &pf=on is excellent to know.
    – Henk Poley
    Commented Mar 8, 2021 at 9:34
  • On current Elon's Twitter this only seems to search in your own tweets.
    – Henk Poley
    Commented Jun 20, 2023 at 8:03

You can now do this through the web interface of Twitter.com

When you search via the webapp, the results will show a filter of users between

Top / All / People you follow

By default the results will come back filtered by Top.

Select People you follow to filter search results accordingly.

You will also notice the URL change/update to the following (on an example search of "watching"):


The following is the part that says you're filtering results to only accounts you follow:

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    No longer works.
    – Brett
    Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 16:06

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