I remember Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) had posted a tweet about a new website, but I can't seem to find the link.

Is there any way I can search within someone's tweets to find that link?

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Remy Sharp wrote a website application that will search your, or someone else's tweets without the limitations Twitter imposes so you can search far further back in time. It's at http://snapbird.org/.

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    Is there a way to use it without twitter account?
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 21:42
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    Agree with kinokijuf it's pretty suspicious why they need your login details for this, even if "We will never post to your account. Promise."
    – geotheory
    Commented Sep 20, 2014 at 7:51
  • I've written to plenty of API's. Some requests require a user to be signed in or have signed up for an access key. Since the user didn't sign up for a developer key it may be using their login session. Which means that you might be able to search farther back without this site if you are logged in and know the right request parameters. Just another perspective to the nefarious one. Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 21:05
  • The source is open. It's open source. github.com/remy/snapbird/blob/master/public/js/snapbird.js. From there, "we have to have the user's token to authenticate them with the proxy". Looks like you can fork the project. Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 8:43
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    I wrote snapbird.org and yeah, it sucks that it has to ask for full read/write from Twitter. It's because you can't search DMs without having write permission (which is just stupid). Obviously not ideal, but until Twitter changes their API, snapbird will need the full access (sorry!).
    – Remy Sharp
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 14:55

There was an answer to the same question on superuser.com that you can reference.

Jonathan Sampson's answer from that (now deleted) post:


from:username tax

Or use Google:

site:twitter.com/username tax

Example of search by username


Twitter has an advanced search form that you can use.


Also note that Twitter does not retain an infinitely long history of messages, you may not be able to find a Twitter message from the past.


Twitter’s advanced search isn’t available on the mobile app. If you’d like to search by date on the mobile app you can still do so the old-fashioned way using the “since:” and “until:” operators.

In addition to all your asnwers up there, there's another great search for old tweets. Click on Backtweets, it works perfect.


If you can remember what the site was about or a word or two from the tweet, twitter has an advanced search which allows you to specify a user's tweets to search


I have got better results with https://queryfeed.net/ more relevant results although the website does have a downtime at times.

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